Bigger small-block power arrives in the Corvette for the 2008 model year. The latest edition of the 'Vette Coupe and Convertible, Chevrolet says, will get a version of GM's 6.2-liter V-8 engine with 430 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque.
The Z06 edition returns with a 7.0-liter V-8 with 505 horsepower. There's no word yet of the seemingly mythical "Blue Devil" Corvette seen in spy shots and rumored at auto shows, though.
The 'Vette's new base engine has an optional twin-mode exhaust that bumps power up to 436 hp and powers it to 190 mph. With the six-speed paddle-shifted automatic, Chevrolet says this is the fastest automatic Corvette ever, capable of hitting 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. The six-speed manual remains available.
Other mechanical updates to the 'Vette include a revised power steering system, and a new split-spoke wheel design with a "Sparkle Silver" finish.
The 'Vette's interior gets dressed in a new optional custom leather design for the 2008 model year. The two-tone trim complements new instrument panel trim and sill plates. Standard features on all Corvettes now includes OnStar with turn-by-turn navigation; XM satellite radio; auto-dimming rearview mirrors; and an audio input jack on all audio systems except those with navigation (it's a dealer accessory on those systems).
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