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boasts more refinements and detail enhancements
unmistakably distinctive design
The 2008 Chevrolet Corvette returns with major mods to its interior, but the exterior remains a classically sexy sportscar.
Edmunds says the 2008 Chevrolet Corvette has “eye-catching style.” Cars.com notes that it’s “the first one since 1962 with fixed headlights. Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights are standard. Round taillights and integrated exhaust tips appear at the rear. A tapered rear deck is claimed to improve high-speed performance.” It’s also available in two body styles and one higher-performance version: “A convertible and hatchback coupe are offered, as is a high-performance Z06 coupe” to Chevrolet; 2008’s Z06 gets a “unique front fascia and upper inlet complement a specific grille, fenders, quarter panels and rear spoiler.”
Reviewers from CarPages UK say the 2008 Chevrolet Corvette's front end is "taut" and "purposeful." They note that the four tailpipes "compliment" the "trademark four tail lamps." Automedia reports of the new Corvette body, “The exterior designers' mission was a fresh new look with a taste of classic 1963-1967 ‘mid-year’ Corvette. With help from exposed headlamps (last seen on the 1962 Corvette) and a tapered rear deck and fascia with reduced aerodynamic lift for enhanced high-speed stability, it's the slickest ‘Vette ever at 0.28 Cd (coefficient of drag).”
Inside, the Corvette for 2007 had an interior that looked "too rent-a-Chevy," according to Motor Trend. There’s a new emphasis on interior quality at Chevrolet; 2008 brings to the ‘Vette an interior option that wraps the seats and steering wheel in top-grade cowhide as good as any import. The 2008 Chevrolet Corvette’s dash and door panels also receive the enhanced leather. Motor Trend says the new interior leather came from a company called Draexlmaier, "the same people who provide the leather for Mercedes, and the up-level Cadillac cockpits." Of the 2008 Chevrolet Corvette’s new interior, Autoblog says the controls "fall readily to hand."
The 2008 Chevrolet Corvette has an interior, finally, to match its timeless exterior.