2008 Chevrolet Corvette

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$46,100

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Coupe

Body style

2

Seating capacity

175.6” x 49.1”

Dimensions

Rear-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Performance
  • RWD handling
  • Heritage
  • Instrument layout and legibility
  • Appearance

The bad:

  • Wet-pavement traction and control
  • Idling noise and vibration on some cars
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Visibility in convertible

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • Indy Pace Car

  • Base

    $46,100

  • Z06

    $71,275

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2008 Chevrolet Corvette trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • 430-hp, 6.2-liter V-8
  • Coupe and convertible body styles
  • Manual or paddle-shift automatic
  • Z06 coupe with 505-hp V-8
  • Available Z51 Performance Package

2008 Chevrolet Corvette review: Our expert's take

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In standard guise, the Chevrolet Corvette packs a serious wallop, but there’s always a small core of buyers who want more.

The 2009 ZR1 will have 638 horsepower, carbon-ceramic brakes, carbon-fiber body panels and a 205-mph top track speed. Only 2,000 will be made the first year. Its sticker price is $103,300, but the actual selling price will soar well above that.

Another option for die-hard enthusiasts is the Callaway Corvette, a special-order car that is available in small numbers through a handful of dealers nationwide. The Callaway has a low-profile Eaton/Magnuson supercharger perched atop its 6.2-liter V-8, and it pumps out 580 horsepower. That figure is less than the ZR1, but with horsepower approaching 600, the difference is academic unless you have a racetrack handy. The Callaway package adds $18,500 to the sticker price of a new Corvette. The test car was a coupe with the six-speed manual transmission and the Z51 suspension and brake package. The Callaway’s engine package, stainless steel exhaust and short-shift kit brought the sticker price to $70,365.

Superior Chevrolet in Merriam is the only Callaway dealer between Illinois, Texas and Colorado.

Unlike the ZR1, the Callaway is also offered with an automatic transmission and as a convertible.

Callaway Cars of Old Lyme, Conn., was founded by Reeves Callaway in 1976, and it has modified production cars for General Motors, Mazda, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin and Land Rover, among others. Callaway also has facilities in California and Germany.

Callaway is probably best known for its modified Corvettes, starting with the twin-turbo in 1987.

Creating a Callaway Corvette begins with the addition of a supercharged engine and new exhaust to the base model. Options include a short-throw shift linkage ($470), an adjustable suspension ($5,960), upgraded brakes ($7,620), lightweight wheels ($9,495), sports seats ($6,940) and an all-leather interior ($24,300).

The first thing I noticed about the Callaway was how much better it shifts with the short-throw linkage. The shift pattern is tight and direct, although the effort is higher and requires a distinct tug to engage fifth and sixth gears.

The second thing came when I leaned on the throttle. The supercharger whines, the scenery blurs, and you’re going fast quickly. The pavement was slightly wet during part of my test drive, and that meant instant wheel spin and intervention by the traction control. Later, when the pavement was dry, the monstrous rear tires grabbed the pavement and the acceleration was exhilarating. Sampling this car’s performance on the street is impossible, but it would be a blast for track-day driving, especially in the hands of an expert.

Even though the Callaway has nearly 600 horsepower, it is content being driven sedately. It never bucks or protests a modest pace. As you would expect, the ride is firm but not tooth-jarringly stiff.

Fuel mileage is rated at 16 miles per gallon in the city and 26 on the highway, and the test car’s onboard computer showed an average of 13.5 mpg.

Although this special Corvette has a host of electronic controls to help keep it securely on the road, its power is so explosive that it demands all of your attention all the time. The foolhardy need not apply.

The interior is standard Corvette, although the optional sports seats would be great for their additional support.

The test car was equipped with convenience items such as leather seating surfaces, dual-zone climate control, satellite radio and six-disc CD player.

Front and side airbags are standard, as are anti-lock brakes, traction control and a vehicle stability control system that has a competition-driving mode for track use.

Price

The test car’s base price was $49,395. The Callaway package and short-shift kit brought the sticker price to $70,365.

Warranty

Three years or 36,000 miles.

To get in touch with Tom Strongman, send e-mail to tstrongman@kc.rr.com.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 4.9
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Hooked on my Corvette.

I own I 2008 C6 very similar to the one in the Ad . Same color Crystal Red Metallic Tintcoat, convertible,Tan top, same two tone leather interior, Mine has 6 speed auto , heads-up display, 436 HP with dual note exhaust,Only 37000 miles, heated seats, I think they call this model the LT3 trim level with Z51 performance package . Love this car outstanding excellaration ,very dependable ,great bang for the buck. You get a lot of looks with top dropped. Only negatives would be that Corvette,s sit extremely low to the ground, not the easiest car to get into for a guy 66 and you have to be careful with steep driveways. Other than that a outstanding sports car.

4.0

Amazing value for fun!

What a monster! I picked up a yellow 2008 Z a few years ago. It had dark black interior with beautiful fake leather seats with a blood stain from where I beat Barb. This thing has more torque than my first girlfriend giving a handy. The 7.0 sings a sweet and muscled tune! Sadly it does blow more heads than a lady of the night.

5.0

Absolutely love this car

My wife and I have wanted to own a Corvette since we were both in elementary school. We are 53 years old now and are finally able to afford to purchase a used one. Decided on the 2008 since it was the first year that GM offered the LS3. It's a convertible and has been very well cared for with 70k miles. Factory paint and finish are still PERFECT. Upgraded factory exhaust gives it 436 HP and it has the 6 speed manual trans. Performance is all I could have dreamed for and more. Handles incredibly, tons of leg room, and seats are surprisingly comfortable for a performance sports car. Driving it with the top down on a warm, sunny day....priceless. What a stress reliever!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
60 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/100,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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