2008 Chevrolet Corvette Performance

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2008 Chevrolet Corvette Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2008 Chevrolet Corvette was new.


Performance: 8.9

Compared to some of the most exotic cars in the world -- bearing names like Ferrari, Aston Martin, and Porsche -- the Corvette is an American wonder, especially since it costs significantly less than its high-priced rivals.

  • "The Verdict: One of the best performance values is now even more enticing." -- Car and Driver
  • "More power and improved steering help keep the latest Corvette an outstanding performance bargain." -- MSN
  • "Once hailed as America's only true two-seat sports car, the Corvette continues to offer driving enthusiasts the most bang for the buck, running neck-and-neck (and in some cases surpassing) exotic cars costing up to four times as much -- or even more. " -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Best Buy Corvette is fast fun. These are reasonably practical sports cars that costs thousands less than rivals with similar performance. That also goes for the 505-hp Z06 version, which is among the fastest cars in the world." -- Consumer Guide
  • "With its world-class performance, handsome styling and daily driver practicality, the 2008 Chevrolet Corvette is the best sports car deal on the planet. ... A tidal wave of endless power from either snarling V8 along with tight handling results in a sports car that never ceases to put a smile on your face." -- Edmunds
  • "...[A]fter driving the Corvette to its maximum on a back road, fully able to keep up with the Ferrari and Audi (the Vantage was left behind), you start to wonder if one even needs a Z06...you certainly don't need one to go fast. This standard Corvette is already incredibly quick with fully capable handling, while sacrificing only a small amount of the usable real-world performance you'd get with the Z06." -- Road and Track
  • "Out back are four intimidating chrome tailpipes, and even with the automatic transmission, the exhaust note is fear-inducing. As with the Cadillac XLR-V, you hit the pedal and it sounds like hurricane-force winds are gathering behind you." -- BusinessWeek

Acceleration and Power

Test drivers agree the 2008 Corvette is built for speed. Equipped with a 430-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine, it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph within the range of four seconds. The EPA estimates that it has a city/highway fuel economy of 16/26 mpg when equipped with a manual transmission and 15/25 mpg with an automatic.

  • "The new 6.2-liter V8 suffers no shortage of power, a fact the driver is reminded of with even the slightest touch of the accelerator. ... Chevrolet's latest short-throw six-speed manual transmission makes the shifter in past Corvette models feel like something pulled out of a 1966 Chevy pickup." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Sure, Vettes always have been fast, but the new one is a real stormer." -- AutoWeek
  • "Corvettes with the 6.2-liter V8 don't feel much faster than the previous models with the 6.0-liter engine. That said, they're still plenty quick by any measure, with blazing power from a stop and during highway passing and merging. Z06 versions are more explosive still. Chevy pegs them at a scorching 3.7 sec 0-60 mph, and they feel every bit as quick. " -- Consumer Guide
  • "There are two things you need to know about the Vette haters: 1) They won't race you, because they know they'll lose; 2) They have a point." -- Edmunds
  • "The new Corvette provides decent highway fuel economy for such a high-performance car despite its added power -- and lower EPA fuel economy ratings for 2008 cars." -- MSN
  • "[T]he best six-speed manual transmission I've driven in a Corvette. ... I'm also a little surprised at how much I liked the manual transmission. In previous years, Chevrolet offered a manual or an automatic for the same price, and the Corvette is one of a handful of sports cars that I preferred with the automatic." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "For 2008, the automatic has been improved to offer quicker shifts." -- Cars.com
  • "The No-Sweat 'Vette If you're looking for a Corvette experience without the demands of a manual tranny, check out the easier, though by no means wimpy, automatic version " -- BusinessWeek

Handling and Braking

Reviewers find that the Corvette handles comfortably, especially for a vehicle that's capable of reaching mind-blowing speeds. Improved steering feel and impressive brake performance even make the Corvette suitable for daily driving.

  • "Quick steering, tenacious smooth-road grip, and little cornering lean make Corvette, and particularly the Z06, among the world's best handling cars." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The steering has the right amount of quickness, and the ride is good over most roads. ... Handling and braking are superb. A short trip to the local 7-Eleven even can be fun because it's enjoyable to drive any car that is so responsive to driver commands." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "The car remains very neutral and easy to drive quickly, with your right foot easily scooting the back end around." -- AutoWeek
  • "There is no need to work hard to 'handle' this muscle machine. Instead, it steers with ease and precision, dealing with twists and turns as effortlessly as imaginable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Cornering is whatever you choose to make it: firm and sure with subtle gas, or back-end kick with oversteer-countersteer if you want power turns. The stability control system leaves plenty of room for the enthusiast in you before it kicks in." -- Boston Globe
  • "[T]he 2008 Corvette no longer has rather dead-feeling power steering -- long a weak point. It now provides more feel." -- MSN
  • "Sports cars that can squirt to 60 miles per hour in 4.3 seconds and have a top track speed of 190 mph are often hard-edged, rough-riding and demanding. Not so this one. The ride, while not as soft as a luxury sedan's, is pleasantly smooth, easily comfortable for everyday commuting or running errands." -- Kansas City Star
  • "The ride is firm but seldom jarring, and insulation keeps you from hearing much road noise, or feeling the heat from the big engine." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "Any of the three suspension packages will deliver a compliant ride along with white-knuckled handling capabilities, while this year's improved steering provides greater road feel. ... In short, the 2008 Chevrolet Corvette can serve equally well as a comfortable touring car or world-class performance machine, while the Z06 version is simply a monster on the street that is still docile enough to serve as one's daily driver." -- Edmunds
  • "The Vette requires 161 feet to stop from 70 mph and grips the pavement to the tune of 0.95 g, both stellar results." -- Car and Driver

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