2008 Chevrolet Corvette

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$46,100 - $83,345
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Engine Engine 6.2LV-8
MPG MPG 16 City / 26 Hwy
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2008 Corvette Overview

2008 Chevy Corvette Z06 – Click above for high-res image gallery I received an Indy 500 poster on my birthday in 1986 that featured a Yellow C4 Corvette pace car leading the pack. My dad hung the poster above my bed, and I can honestly say that I stared at it every night for years. The Corvette was my dream car for my entire childhood, but as an adult I turned my attention to European rides like the Porsche 911 and the Ferrari 360 Modena. When the C6 Corvette hit the scene for the 2005 model year, the Bow Tie brand's halo vehicle again had me pining for some General Motors muscle. GM gave the base Vette the same 400 horsepower as the C5 Z06, and I figured it was all the power I could ever want. That is, until the 2006 Z06 came along. The Z06 was kicking ass on the track and in enthusiast magazines, and it was toppling competition that far exceeded the Corvette's $70,000 price of entry. We never had the Z06 in the Autoblog Garage, so we were more than happy to take it off Chevy's hands for a week. Hit the jump to see if the Z06 met our lofty expectations from childhood. %Gallery-33752% All photos copyright ©2008 Chris Shunk, Sam Abuelsamid/Weblogs, Inc. Our Velocity Yellow Tintcoat 2008 Corvette Z06 came with the optional 3LT package that includes upgraded leather interior surfaces and a $82,665 price tag. Available options were limited to the Navigation system and upgraded 18-inch aluminum wheels, and the brilliant yellow paint job came at a $750 price premium over the other available colors. The Z06 Corvette has several visual cues that differentiates it from the base Vette. The changes start up front with a carbon fiber chin spoiler, slightly modified front air dam, and a real working air vent in the hood. The Z06 also has a side vent to cool the massive SBRP325/30ZR19 Eagle F1 rear tires, and the front wheel vent and fenders are also wider to accommodate the larger SBRP275/35ZR18 tires up front. Dimensionally, the Z06 is a full three inches wider and one inch longer than the base C6, yet a steady diet of carbon fiber and aluminum helps it weigh 3,132 lbs – 47 lbs. less than the standard Vette. Cosmetic changes to the Z06 are nice, but the biggest upgrade for the Z06 comes under the hood. The General bored and stroked its iconic small block V8 to a cavernous 7.0 liters and upped the power quotient to 505 ponies and 470 lb-ft of torque. Compression was increased from 10.7:1 to 11:1 and the small block hits its peak power output at 6,300 rpm, compared to the 6.2-liter's 5,900 rpm. Does the Z06's extra pop translate to track supremacy? Oh yeah. Enthusiast mags have routinely clocked the Z06 going from 0-60 mph in 3.7-3.9 seconds, and its top speed is quoted at nearly 200 mph. We don't typically run 0-60 tests and we …
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2008 Corvette Overview

2008 Chevy Corvette Z06 – Click above for high-res image gallery I received an Indy 500 poster on my birthday in 1986 that featured a Yellow C4 Corvette pace car leading the pack. My dad hung the poster above my bed, and I can honestly say that I stared at it every night for years. The Corvette was my dream car for my entire childhood, but as an adult I turned my attention to European rides like the Porsche 911 and the Ferrari 360 Modena. When the C6 Corvette hit the scene for the 2005 model year, the Bow Tie brand's halo vehicle again had me pining for some General Motors muscle. GM gave the base Vette the same 400 horsepower as the C5 Z06, and I figured it was all the power I could ever want. That is, until the 2006 Z06 came along. The Z06 was kicking ass on the track and in enthusiast magazines, and it was toppling competition that far exceeded the Corvette's $70,000 price of entry. We never had the Z06 in the Autoblog Garage, so we were more than happy to take it off Chevy's hands for a week. Hit the jump to see if the Z06 met our lofty expectations from childhood. %Gallery-33752% All photos copyright ©2008 Chris Shunk, Sam Abuelsamid/Weblogs, Inc. Our Velocity Yellow Tintcoat 2008 Corvette Z06 came with the optional 3LT package that includes upgraded leather interior surfaces and a $82,665 price tag. Available options were limited to the Navigation system and upgraded 18-inch aluminum wheels, and the brilliant yellow paint job came at a $750 price premium over the other available colors. The Z06 Corvette has several visual cues that differentiates it from the base Vette. The changes start up front with a carbon fiber chin spoiler, slightly modified front air dam, and a real working air vent in the hood. The Z06 also has a side vent to cool the massive SBRP325/30ZR19 Eagle F1 rear tires, and the front wheel vent and fenders are also wider to accommodate the larger SBRP275/35ZR18 tires up front. Dimensionally, the Z06 is a full three inches wider and one inch longer than the base C6, yet a steady diet of carbon fiber and aluminum helps it weigh 3,132 lbs – 47 lbs. less than the standard Vette. Cosmetic changes to the Z06 are nice, but the biggest upgrade for the Z06 comes under the hood. The General bored and stroked its iconic small block V8 to a cavernous 7.0 liters and upped the power quotient to 505 ponies and 470 lb-ft of torque. Compression was increased from 10.7:1 to 11:1 and the small block hits its peak power output at 6,300 rpm, compared to the 6.2-liter's 5,900 rpm. Does the Z06's extra pop translate to track supremacy? Oh yeah. Enthusiast mags have routinely clocked the Z06 going from 0-60 mph in 3.7-3.9 seconds, and its top speed is quoted at nearly 200 mph. We don't typically run 0-60 tests and we …Hide Full Review