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.