2008 Chevrolet Corvette Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Chevrolet Corvette - Road Test Specs

2008 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

(6.2L V8 6-speed Manual)


Model year2008
Style2dr Hatchback (6.2L 8cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$46,110
Options on test vehicleDual-Mode Performance Exhaust, Crystal Red Metallic Tint-coat Paint, Coupe Preferred Equipment Group , Performance Handling Package, Transparent Removable Roof Panel, Polished Alloy Wheels
As-tested MSRP$56,300


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeV8 (LS3)
Displacement (cc/cu-in)6,162cc (376 cu-in)
Block/head materialCast aluminum/cast aluminum
ValvetrainOverhead valve, 2 valves per cylinder
Compression ratio (x:1)10.7
Redline (rpm)6,500 rpm
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)436 @ 5,900
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)428 @ 4,600
Transmission type6-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 2.97; II = 2.07; III = 1.43; IV = 1.00; V = 0.71; VI = 0.57; R = 3.28; Diff = 3.42


Suspension, frontIndependent, double wishbones, leaf springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, double wishbones, leaf springs and stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.1:1
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle F1 Supercar EMT
Tire typePerformance run-flat
Tire size, frontP245/40ZR18 88Y
Tire size, rearP285/35ZR19 90Y
Wheel size18-by-8.5 front -- 19-by-10.0 rear
Wheel materialPolished alloy
Brakes, frontVentilated/drilled disc
Brakes, rearVentilated/drilled disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.2
0-60 mph (sec.)4.5
0-75 mph (sec.)6.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)12.8 @ 114.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)118
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)69.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g).95
Sound level @ idle (dB)60.5
@ Full throttle (dB)88.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)71.1

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThis thing has torque and horsepower everywhere, as it could easily spin the tires all the way through 1st gear and even leaves a couple strips in 2nd gear. The shifter is way better at finding 3rd gear in a hurry than it once was. It's no Porsche 911 flick, but I could palm it like I never could before. While I didn't care for the high pedal engagement of the clutch in "civilian use," it worked very well on the drag strip. And OMG, what a sound that V8 makes under load and it even spits and burbles when you get off the throttle. Cool and oh-so Vette.
Braking ratingVery Good
Braking commentsI expected shorter distances from a car weighing a mere 3,272 pounds with big rubber track shoes. While 118 feet is excellent and repeated on the fifth run, these brakes don't elicit the kind of hackneyed "retina-detaching" comments some other purebred sports cars do. Even though the measured distances didn't grow by the last stop, the ABS pulses began to be less frequent, indicating some heat was affecting the effectiveness of the brakes.
Handling ratingVery Good
Handling commentsGobs of grip around the skid pad and a little more feel in the steering weight than I have grown to expect. What once was a springy, artificial weight now has more to do with what the front tires are doing. The balance is so neutral that I could choose to either under- or oversteer the car all the way around the circle. Even so, I'd prefer more predictability to how and when it lets go. Once it starts to rotate, the driver needs to be way ahead of it -- otherwise, there's no catching the inevitable spin that will occur. In the slalom, the Corvette tends to pile on oversteer with each successive cone. That's fine if you're ready for it, but that's not a very confidence-building trait. Corvettes have never "liked" the slalom test and the quickest way through was with all systems off, as it allows a pretty crazy yaw angle through the final gate (which competitive mode does not). However, on one 10/10ths run, I managed a rare slow-motion three-quarter spin off the tarmac because I let it go too far sideways and it wouldn't recover. The Corvette remains entertaining but not record-breaking, nor for the amateur driver to attempt without the safety net of stability control.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)58.2
Wind (mph, direction)7

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 city/26 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)Not available
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,217
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,272
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)52/48
Length (in.)174.6
Width (in.)72.6
Height (in.)49.0
Wheelbase (in.)105.7
Track, front (in.)62.1
Track, rear (in.)60.7
Turning circle (ft.)39
Legroom, front (in.)43.1
Headroom, front (in.)37.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.2
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)22.4
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceN/A


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional side airbags
Head airbagsNot available
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard tire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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