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Steane Klose | Apr, 29 2007 | 0 Comments

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.


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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