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With all the feverish excitement surrounding the
Corvette Z06 and
the absurdly powerful
Corvette ZR1, you'd almost believe that
the standard Corvette had virtually ceased to exist.
Indeed, it has not. And the
2008 Chevrolet Corvette
we've just tested proves that while the standard Vette might sit in the
shadow cast by its more publicity-friendly brethren, it has received
something more valuable than media attention: performance.
We're going to run as many stories as we can about those two crazy-fast
specials once they appear. But this page is devoted to the decidedly
less sexy world of continuous improvement — the year-to-year
ministrations that keep the Corvette viable. After all, there would be
no Z06 and certainly no ZR1 without the standard car.
And considering that Chevy sells roughly one Corvette for every 10
Accords that Honda sells (and 10 times the number of S-Types that Jaguar
sells), we're talking about a pretty impressive automobile.
Small Block, No Extra Charge
And there would be no
the small-block V8. True, there have been moments of great embarrassment
in the long history of the Corvette and its pushrod V8. There was the
disgraceful 1970s small-block that wheezed out a total of 165
horsepower. And all by itself, the 1982 Corvette V8 represents some kind
Yet aside from these instances plus the occasional sniping from those
who insist on having cams on top of their valves, the small-block
Chevy V8 has been
the Corvette's greatest asset. And what an asset that motor has become
in the form of the new-for-2008 LS3. Bored out to 6.2 liters (from last
year's 6.0), the new-generation Corvette engine pumps out a rousing 430
hp at 5,900 rpm. That's 30 hp more than last year. Just as important,
the new motor churns up 424 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm — 24 lb-ft
more than the LS2.
This 6.2-liter V8 constitutes the basis of the large explosive device
called the LS9, which will power the forthcoming Corvette ZR1 with more
than 600 hp. It's a sturdy, thick-wall block, nicely suited to the
supercharging that will vault the ZR1 over the 600-hp barrier. But there
we go talking about the ZR1 again.
America's original sports car is back and better than ever, boasting a
totally new design and improved mechanics. The
Chevrolet Corvette C6
is bound to surpass all expectations, providing customers with
impeccable comfort, refined handling and powerful performance. Over 85%
2008 Chevy Corvette rental
is new, enhancing what was already considered to be one of the finest
sports cars in the world. A new profile, exposed headlamps and a slimmed
down rear-end are a few of the
notable features, along with a new brake system, engine setup and a
redesigned suspension. More than a status symbol, the all new 2008
Corvette C6 is an automotive icon, providing customers with the utmost
in quality, comfort and charisma. If you're interested in making a big
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Innovative design cues and revolutionary engineering combine inside the
Corvette Car rental,
providing customers with award winning performance and style. Simple
chances, like the use of exposed headlamps, often make the biggest
difference on the new Corvette rental, completely changing the vehicles
outward appearance and immediate look. For many years Chevy has insisted
on utilizing hideaway headlamps in order to complement the Corvette'
aerodynamic makeup, but now, thanks to an advance in optics and lighting
technology, the lights have been exposed, providing the new Corvette
with a commanding presence and amazing poise. The addition of these new
headlamps are both aesthetically pleasing and extremely light, markedly
reducing the Corvette rentals front end overhang weight, the effects of
inertia and much, much more. The new
C6 Corvette rental
is also five inches shorter than the previous C5 model, and one inch
narrower, improving the vehicles overall agility and handling. A
tighter, tauter profile is also apparent on the new C6, along with
increase stability and smoother aerodynamics. Quad tailpipes, a tiny
rear spoiler and four jeweled taillights finish off this immaculate
vehicle, along with functional side air ducts and a sleek rear window.
of the new C6 is just as innovative, if not more so, than the vehicle's
exterior, providing New York City & Miami Florida travelers with the
very best amenities and features. Softer surfaces and elegant tailoring
increase the prestige inside the C6, along with chrome accents and
expensive plastics. The seats within the new C6 are extremely
comfortable and easy to adjust, providing both the driver and passenger
with a commanding view of the road. Increased head and shoulder room add
to the interiors spacious feel, along with ample leg room and
conveniently placed consol controls. Big analogue gauges are quick and
easy to read, providing drivers with a classic racecar instrument panel,
devoid of digital readings and confusing jargon. A nifty heads-up
digital display is projected onto the windshield for passengers
interested in monitoring speed, rpm and even g-forces. The Corvette also
offers an impressive 22.4 feet of trunk space.
There are a lot of good pieces from a lot of good
Chevy V8s in the
new LS3 V8. The cylinder heads are similar to the heavy breathers from
the Z06's LS7 motor. Its high-flow fuel injectors are straight from the
505-hp LS7. For good measure, Chevrolet has also added an intake
manifold that flows more air and then rammed in a high-lift cam to
actuate intake valves that are 9 percent larger in diameter (2.2 inches
vs. 2.0 inches). The result is a "standard" engine that makes 25 more
horses than the most powerful power plant of the last-generation Z06.
As we measured on the test track, some worthwhile side effects include a
4.5-second run to 60 mph and a quarter-mile pass of 12.8 seconds at
114.8 mph. And this car won't quit until you reach 190 mph. It simply
humiliates would-be rivals. All right, "humiliate" might be too strong.
But this Vette is slightly quicker to 60 mph and through the
quarter-mile than a
Porsche 911 Carrera S.
It's also quicker than a Ford Shelby GT500, a Nissan 350Z and the
Part of the secret of excellent performance lies in our test car's
horsepower and torque figures. The standard Vette is available with an
optional two-mode exhaust system that premiered on the
current-generation Z06. The 2.5-inch-diameter exhaust has two outlet
valves (one for each side of the exhaust system). Under normal
operation, the valves are closed to control the level of exhaust noise.
Under high throttle loads, though, the valves open and let the
This LS3 might not have the hellacious rip of the Z06 engine's
V8, but it sounds
loud and unapologetic, just as a V8 should. A further description of the
noise we cannot provide, as we were usually looking well down the road
for cops or cranking in a little countersteer at those moments when the
exhaust note got good and tasty.
Oh, and this $1,195 option liberates an additional 6 horses and 4 lb-ft
of torque. It's well worth the money (certainly when it's your money and
not ours) for the exhaust sound alone. Plus the little control arms that
operate the exhaust flaps are clearly visible at the back of the car.
And that's just cool. And they're a lot cooler than the so-yesterday
polished wheels that were also on our test car and cost $1,295 more than
the less flash-and-trash standard wheels. (Attention GM:
aren't into chest hair and medallions anymore, so let's lose the
Honestly, the thing we like most about the new
Vette compared to
Corvette is the shift
lever. Our car came equipped with the
Package and it featured a standard six-speed manual transmission that
does not actively try to discourage you from shifting.
It's fair to say the former Tremec six-speed transaxle (remember, it's
behind you, where's it's integrated with the rear-end gears to help
deliver better weight distribution) proved recalcitrant at best. The old
six-speed had the same kind of shift action that you'd expect in some
kind of big old lever in a railway switchyard. It would do the trick,
but it wasn't going to be easy and it wasn't going to be fun.
This new unit feels like the precision-built piece of machinery we've
always expected from a
but never got. Its slick action proved to be such a pleasure that we
sometimes shifted a gear when there was no compelling reason to do so.
Another aspect of the $1,695 Z51 package that enhances this car's
forward progress is the use of shorter ratios for the transmission's
first four gears. The additional speed is nicely complemented by stiffer
suspension rates, high-performance tires and drilled brake rotors. Make
sure you check off the Z51 option box when you order your Corvette.
inside and out has been breathed on, but the headlining
story is the LS3 engine. The combination of "Corvette,"
"more displacement," and "more horsepower" is the kind
of word play that makes everyone's heart sing, and GM
hasn't disappointed. The previous 6.0-liter becomes 6.2,
and those 376 cubic inches equate to 430 hp, with torque
bumped up to 424 lb-ft. In addition, there's a new
high-flow cylinder head, larger valves, an
acoustically-tuned intake manifold, and new beauty
covers that, of course, say LS3. If you need even more
hp, a dual-stage exhaust system is available, half an
inch smaller than the Z06 version, that utilizes
butterflies in the two inner pipes. The exhaust adds
another 6 hp and 4 lb-ft, but even better, it adds the
kind of raucous, popping exhaust note -- even on the
automatic -- that let's everyone know you mean business.
With all the mods, the top speed of the base
Corvette gets up to 190 mph.
sport shift has been retuned for quicker shifts and a
more sporting feel, and offers a 0-60 time in just
4.3 seconds. There are also two full interior leather
options, in Sienna and Linen, that raise the bar in the
Corvette interior to that appraoching its titular
Some Other Things That Move
Chevy also claims that it has made some improvements to the Corvette's
steering system, which we've always felt to be a consistent weak point.
And though it's been a little while since we last spun the steering
wheel of a Corvette C6, we suppose this one feels better.
Chevy says that
more precise machining of internal components, a stiffer intermediate
shaft and calibration changes have unlocked a big box of "feel," that
most esoteric of dynamic traits. Sure, OK. Maybe it is better.
Corvette Car Rentals
still has some room for improvement here compared to the likes of a car
Porsche 911 Rentals.
Though maybe it's not quite fair to compare two cars with engines at
opposite ends, it's fair to say that a lack of steering crispness is one
of the prime reasons that a Corvette has always seemed like such a large
and unwieldy car when you're behind the steering wheel. And this
impression continues in the
C6, despite its
reasonably trim dimensions (shorter in overall length than a
admirably low curb weight (3,272 pounds).
Corvettes have taken some justified knocks for their interior quality
over the years — or rather the lack of it. And the big news for 2008 is
an optional leather-wrapped interior package. Our car was not equipped
with it, but did feature the shiny "bright surrounds" for the shift
lever and cupholder and a nicer-looking center stack. All things
considered, it looks fine. Our only real problem with the interior is
the flimsy feel of the seats and the shockingly short seat cushions. A
Corvette must have great seats, even as just an option or something.
Also, we were surprised to find that the
Corvette Hire has
a heated cupholder. This is the Vette's one similarity to the
Sebring. Then we realized it was simply
the heat radiating up from the transmission tunnel. Think of the
cupholders as passively heated. So remember to wedge your Frosty between
your thighs in the time-honored fashion. (Later, we realized our luggage
had been nicely heated as well.)
translucent plastic roof looked a little disco to us. But once we
figured out it was easier to look through the roof at stoplights than to
strain our necks to look at them through the low windshield, we liked it
just fine. Of course the blue-tinted roof also makes you feel as if you
live in a plastic bottle of soda, and who wouldn't pay $750 for that? We
mean, other than us.
Wedges Never Go Out of Style, Girl
Aside from its new wheel designs, the exterior of the 2008 Chevrolet
Corvette is identical to previous model years of the C6. A sharper,
trimmer version of the soft form created with the
C5, the shape of
the new car is wearing surprisingly well with us. Certainly, no one will
mistake this pointy-nosed, flat-butted sportster for anything but a
Corvette Convertible New York.
And such consistency of design character nicely telegraphs the
consistency of the driving experience. Each new generation of the
Corvette — heck, each new year of the car in this case — further refines
the basic Vette driving formula: half powersliding hooligan ride and
half genuine sports car. And certainly the '08 improvements justify the
$1,035 increase in the car's base price.
And now back to nonstop coverage of the Z06 and the
Corvette ZR1 motivated by a force
roughly equal to the output of a nuclear power plant. Thanks for