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Steane Klose | Apr 29, 2007

GM have just released details of the new and improved 2008 Corvette. The press release is comprehensive to say the least but the big news is the new 6.2-litre LS3 small block V8.

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With 325kW and 592Nm 'out of the box' the new LS3 will take the Corvette from 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 306km/h.

The changes to the 2008 Corvette include;

• All-new LS3 6.2L V-8 engine for Coupe and Convertible:

• 430 hp (321 kW)*

• 424 lb.-ft. of torque (575 Nm)*

• 436 hp / 428 lb.-ft. (325 kW / 580 Nm)*

• optional dual-mode exhaust system

• High-flow cylinder heads

• Enhanced valvetrain

• High-flow intake manifold

• Larger-bore block with structural enhancements

• Improved manual transmission shift effort

• Quicker shift times on paddle-shift six-speed automatic

• 2.73 performance axle ratio available with six-speed paddle shift

• Improved steering feel

• Standard split-spoke cast aluminum wheel design

• Available polished forged aluminum wheel design

• New Keyless Access remote key fob with integrated key

• Wrapped center trim plate

• Leather-Wrapped Interior Package in excl Linen & Sienna colors

• New sill plates

• iPod/MP3 jack included on all sound systems except navigation

• OnStar and XM Satellite Radio standard on all models

• Auto-dimming mirrors with compass standard on all models

• Two new colors: Jetstream Blue Metallic & Crystal Red Metallic

Click here if you have a spare 10 minutes and want to read the full 2008 Corvette press release including details of the 2008 Corvette Z06.

So, I hear you all ask...when will we see the LS3 in the E-Series HSV's? There is plenty of talk but no-one really knows for sure. My guess is that we will see the LS3 at the first E-Series update. Hopefully it will be an across the range upgrade and not limited to a higher priced 'special' like the old GTS.

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