• Apr 24, 2007
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The official unveiling is apparently set for this Saturday, April 28 at the C5/C6 Bash at the National Corvette Museum in BowlingGreen, but thanks to a poster at Digital Corvettes, you can get sneak preview of the 2008 Corvette and its LS3 V8 right now. The new mill is expected to pump out 430 horsepower, and the '08 Vette will also sport new 5-spoke wheels and interior tweaks, among other things. We'll have to wait until the weekend for the full dog & pony show to go down, but one thing's certain: the presence of 430 standard horsepower will only further cement the Corvette's standing as an unbelievable performance value. Production of the LS3-powered Vettes is scheduled to start this week.

Thanks for the tip, Drew!

[Source: Digital Corvettes]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      #52 and all the rest

      I think you forget that the next super vette is in the works and is supposed to be sporting over 550hp and most likely that will be underestated and should actually do close to 530 to the wheels. Lets not forget that it will still be cheaper than its imported competitors. Oh, and it will still get 25-28 mpg. Touch that.

      I will take my 50 year old technology small block pushrod v8 any day over OHC. At least I can work on mine in the garage. =)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ariel Atom, powered by a Japanese engine, Radical SR8 powered by a Japanese engine. These will crap all over your American cars.

      You might say they are track machines and are hard to live with on the road. But you can use the same argument with Corvette and Ferrari. The reason Ferraris are expensive is because they are a better package. For pure performance per buck there are better values than the corvette and none of them are American. If you bring in the subjective issues like living with it and stuff then the logic can be used to show that bugatti veyron is a better value than a 911GT2.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sub 8 minute lap times at the ring are impressive. The fact that the Corvette can do it for such little money is even more impressive. I respect what Corvettes are and their history, however I personally would never ever ever in a million years own one. To me there is a lot more to a car than just hp and lap times. The C6 is the best Corvette ever, but it needs just a tad more to be compared across the spectrum with the high end sports cars from the rest of the world. These extras will surely increase the price. GM has decided to make the Corvette a low budget supercar... and that's exactly what it is. Take it or leave it.
      Me personally, I'd much rather have a 911.
      But hey...I do!
      • 7 Years Ago
      #11

      GM spends the money where it counts. not trying to squeeze 10 more hp out of a 6 cylinder or trying to reinvent the wheel. they have a superior starting point in the pushrod v8 and they have refined that rather than move onto something that costs more and adds complexity for complexity's sake. same goes for the fiberglass body, transverse leafsprings, and interior.

      but everyone hates on it because the engineers have taken into account price. through simple refinement and solid engineering the corvette trounces cars that cost 50% more.

      but some will always point out that it doesnt have a leather dashboard to match their european carry-all and their Giuchi boots...
      • 7 Years Ago
      "20. Ariel Atom, powered by a Japanese engine, Radical SR8 powered by a Japanese engine. These will crap all over your American cars."

      Uh, Sorry bud, the Atoms can be ordered with a 300hp supercharged Ecotec, now who makes those... Oh, it's an American company!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The plastics are tacky...sure. I agree with that. My Mazda3 probably has a better interior. But that's not the point of this car. This car is all about being seen in and driving hard. If interior plastics are your top priority, go buy a Accord.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Let's look at what the old GT-R did to the C5 Z51
      http://videos.streetfire.net/video/39cf9b51-1117-4a77-9c69-d025f0eb6975.htm

      There goes the it has less power and more weight so it must be slower around the track theory.

      Let's look at the C6 Z06 vs Z-Tune
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6blkJGyd9U

      Z06 is not fast enough to pass the Z-tune and in the time attack the Z-tune beats the Z06.

      According to these performances the new GT-R will beat the new vette and the new Ztune will beat the new Z06. That is all.

      • 7 Years Ago
      "16. The new GT-R will crap all over this vette or the Z06. The next Z-Tune will crap all over the next Z06. That is all."

      A bloated 450 horse V6 will accomplish what you claim? Sure.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like another great evolution of an american icon.

      Wheels look sharp. The hp sounds about right. Performance is always outstanding.

      Thanks for the photos..

      Any styling changes to the body work?
      • 7 Years Ago
      @ANdy

      The LS2 is the current engine for the base corvette as well as the last generation GTO, and also found in some high end Cadillacs. It was also rumored to be the engine that will be in the future Camaro. It has 400 HP. BUT... If this is going to be in the base 2008 vette, it might also make an appearance in the Camaro, whenever the hell that thing finally debuts.
      Christopher
      • 7 Years Ago
      typical of any post for a GM product i see a lot of tom foolery goin on here.
      the corvette interior could be nicer, but it's not really a bad place to spend time. corvettes are actually quite livable daily drivers, with a firm suspension but not as harsh as some here make it out to be (i'd bet the Z06 though may be a bone rattler!) both the stock corvette and the Z06 make a habit of meeting if not beating the performance numbers of sports cars costing double or triple it's price, as well as being a true icon that will likely never go outta style

      the skyline GT-R is a japanese icon for many years, and is recently one here more or less thanks to sony's playstation and a game called Gran Turismo. (it deserves a good chunk of credit for this as well as subaru WRX and mitsubishi EVO in U.S. market) fun stuff, opens minds to cars not available here and has very detailed modifications to build up many cars from manufactures the world over. personally i think the all wheel drive GT-R will be a hoot to drive, and it will be fast and handle well. It looks pretty cool too. From what i understand though it will sticker for a few thousand more than a Z06 vette, but anyone who thinks it will outperform a Z06 vette is japanese biased to the point of delusion, the GT-R is heavier and makes less power. Ya canno break the laws of physics, Jim!
      besides i thought the nissan GT-R was supposed to be more GT car than pure sports car anyway?
      • 7 Years Ago
      #15: That's easy when there is almost no one else in the class and the fact that the corvettes are the only factory supported team. If you look at other series like fia gt etc where corvettes take part without factory support and with more competitors, they don't do too well.
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