2008 C6 Corvette

2008 Corvette Overview

The arrival of the 2008 Corvette was met by a volatile U.S. economy with a very uncertain future.  U.S. mortgage-backed securities, which were marketed around the world, carried hard to assess financial risks.  These risks proved to have an enormously adverse impact to lending institutions around the globe, as banks watched the securities they had tied to real estate begin to plummet. With loan losses mounting and the fall of Lehman Brothers on September 15, 2008, a major panic broke out on the inter-bank loan market.  Housing prices and stock shares declined, causing many large and well established investment and commercial banks in the United States and Europe to suffer huge financial losses – and others to face the real possibility of bankruptcy.

Model: 2008 Corvette
Generation: C6 Corvette
Type: Two Door Coupe, Two Door Convertible, Indy 500 Coupe, Indy 500 Convertible, Z06 Coupe, 427 Limited Edition Coupe
Available Colors: Arctic White, Black, Velocity Yellow, Machine Silver, Victory Red, Atomic Orange, Jetstream Blue, Crystal Red
Engine: 376 C.I. (6.2L) LS3 Engine (Coupe and Convertible), 427 C.I. (7.0L) LS7 Engine (Z06)
VIN: 1G1YY26W485100001 – 1G1YY36W085135284
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual Transmission, 6 Speed Paddle Shift Automatic Transmission
Original Price: $45,995.00 (Coupe)
$54,335.00 (Convertible)
$59,090.00 (Indy 500 Pace Cpe.)
$68,160.00 (Indy 500 Conv.)
$71,000.00 (Z06 Coupe)
$84,195.00 (427 Lim. Ed. Z06)
Units Produced: 35,310
Specs: 2008 Corvette Spec List

The financial crisis, which would become known as the “Great Recession,” would quickly spread beyond the housing and investment markets. In just a matter of months, the financial decline would begin to have an adverse impact on almost all consumer markets. It stood to reason that as housing market values plummeted and the strength of the dollar diminished, American consumers would understandably become increasingly reluctant to spend money.  This recessionary decline in spending would hurt commercial and retail businesses around the globe, and would cause a sharp drop in new car sales within the United States automotive markets.

Despite this rapidly approaching recession, management at Chevrolet persevered, even though sales and stock value were beginning to plummet.  The funding and development behind the Corvette persevered as well, even though the sales numbers for the 2008 Corvette would ultimately reflect the financial strain being experienced by General Motors, the nation and, indeed, the world.

The most notable advancement of the 2008 Corvette model year was the news that Chevrolet had developed another evolution of its legendary small-block engine.

The new engine was designated the LS3, and would become the standard engine for both the base coupe and convertible models.  The LS3 included a size increase from 364 cubic-inches (6.0L) of the LS2 to 376 cubic-inches (6.2L).  In addition to increased size and displacement, the engine also received a thirty-horsepower increase.

The LS2 featured high-flow fuel injectors and cylinder heads like those found on the Z06’s LS7 engine. They featured a large-valve, large port design with larger, straighter intake ports.  The engine’s intake valves featured hollow stems with nine-percent larger diameters.  The camshaft provided a five-percent increase in valve lift. Outwardly, the LS3’s beauty covers and composite intake manifolds had acoustically tuned sections that were used to dampen and tune valve train noise.

The LS3 engine was developed to operate at a slightly lower compression ratio than the LS2.  This ability to operate at a lower compression ratio was developed to accommodate GM’s interest in making all of the vehicles in their fleet capable of operating on E85 ethanol-blended fuel.  Despite this, the LS3 produced 430 brake horsepower and 424 foot-pounds of torque, both peaking at 5,900rpm, providing unprecedented performance numbers for an engine that was intended for the base model coupe and convertible.

An optional Dual Mode Exhaust System (RPO NPP) was also introduced for coupes and convertibles.  The system used vacuum-actuated outlet valves controlled by engine RPM and throttle position.  This system included 2.5-inch diameter pipes, and introduced a more aggressive sounding exhaust note.  When installed, the Dual Mode Exhaust System increased the LS3 engine output to 436-horsepower and 428 foot-pounds of torque.

Although the actual transmission designations remained the same, there were improvements made to both the manual and automatic transmissions used on the coupe and convertible models.  For the manual gearbox, the transmission linkage had shorter fore-aft travel.  The automatic transmission had hardware and software changes made to it that resulted in quicker manual paddle shifts.  Additionally, a 2.73:1 performance axle was provided (as an option) with automatic transmissions, and came included standard when the combination of an automatic transmission combined with the Z51 performance package were ordered.

The 2008 Corvette’s steering feel was improved through the use of more precise machining, a stiffer intermediate shaft, and revised controller calibrations. These improvements created a more enjoyable driving experience for consumers, especially when piloting the Corvette during extreme driving conditions.

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The 2008 Corvette Coupes and Convertibles featured a new split-spoke wheel as the standard wheel option for that year. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

Outwardly, there were few notable cosmetic changes to the exterior of the car.  However, the wheels offered with the 2008 Corvette received some notable improvements.  New for the model year was a split-spoke wheel that came standard on all coupes and convertibles.   This base wheel was painted Sparkle Silver (a color which debuted with the 2007 Indy Pace Car replica), though it could also be optioned in Competition Gray.  A five-spoke forged wheel was also optional for 2008, and it could be ordered in either a polished or chrome finish.  The wheels on the Z06 model remained the same as the previous model year, except for those that were offered on the 427- Limited Edition Z06.

The 427-Limited Edition Z06 Corvette Coupe was created in commemoration of retiring Bowling Green Corvette Plant Manager Wil Cooksey.  The car came in a Crystal Red exterior paint, and featured a Dark Titanium customer interior, “spider” chrome wheels and special trim and graphics.  All 505 units produced were autographed by Wil Cooksey, making the car more collectible than other Z06 Corvettes built that year because of the unique signature each of the Limited Edition Z06’s possessed.

05 Wil Cooksey 427-Limited Edition Z06 Corvettes
Each of the 505 Wil Cooksey 427-Limited Edition Z06 Corvettes were hand autographed by Wil Cooksey himself.

Although the interiors were still very much a carryover from the 2007 model, the 2008 Corvette interior did receive some updated appointments worth noting.  One notable revision to the 2008 model was that the interiors were revised with a new wrapped “cyber” graphic pattern console trim plate, along with bright surrounds for the cupholder and manual shifter, and a brushed aluminum shifter and door release trim.  Metal door sill plates were introduced (though they first made their appearance in the middle of the 2007 production run.)  The floor mat retainers were simplified.  While not strictly a feature of the interior, the 2008 Corvette’s remote key fob now included a concealed door key with a small, sliding compartment.

In addition to these refinements, the 2008 Corvette also offered consumers a greater level of standard options including OnStar, XM Radio, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with built-in compass.  All radios, except those equipped with a navigation system, also included an MP3 audio jack.

DID YOU KNOW: Wilmer “Wil” Cooksey was named manager of the world’s only Corvette plant in February, 1993. As a lifelong fan of the  amazing sports car, it was a dream job come true. Cooksey’s General Motors career began with his first job as an assistant professor in industrial engineering at GMI in Flint, Michigan. Wil Cooksey retired from General Motors in 2008, and in celebration of his tenure there, GM honored him by manufacturing 505 427-Limited Edition Corvettes. Mr. Cooksey will be celebrated by Corvette enthusiasts the world over for his contributions to this amazing sports car and community. In his free time, Mr. Cooksey likes excitement. His hobbies include drag racing and flying airplanes. He resides in Bowling Green with his wife, Elizabeth, a teacher at Western Kentucky University. They have two children, David and Crissy. Wil’s passion is working on and racing his Corvette race car.

For Corvettes equipped with the 3LZ and 4LT convenience packages, the Corvette interiors received additional refinements including a leather-wrapped instrument panel, door panels, and console.  The console trim featured a unique bias-graphic pattern.  The 4LT package also included cross-flag headrest embroidery on both the driver and passenger seats.  The leather wrap options was offered to all models built with either Linen, Sienna, or Ebony interior color options.

2008 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Corvettes
The first of two unique Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Corvettes manufactured as part of the 2008 model year. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

In addition to the 427-Limited Edition Z06 listed above, there were a couple of other special edition Corvettes that made their appearance as part of the 2008 lineup.  As with the 2007 model year, GM once again offered a special edition Indy Pace Car model, though for the first time, the car – available as both a coupe and convertible – could be ordered in one of two special paint schemes.  The first design was based on the actual 2008 Indy 500 pace car.

This special Z06 Corvette was unique in that it paced the Indianapolis 500 while running on E85 (ethanol) fuel.   The second pace car design featured a special silver/black paint scheme in commemoration of the famous 1978 Corvette Pace Car model.   Both pace car variations included special Titanium seats and Z06 spoilers.  All of the pace cars were specially numbered and signed by Emerson Fittipaldi.

2008 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Corvettes
The second of two unique Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Corvettes manufactured as part of the 2008 model year. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

In addition the Indy Pace Car models, GM also created a special edition Corvette for the Hertz car rental company.  Known as the ZHZ Coupe (RPO ZHZ), 500 special edition Corvettes were produced exclusively for the Hertz Fun Club rental program.

All 500 units produced in 2008 were targa-topped coupes that came finished in Velocity Yellow with a broad, black stripe that ran the length of the hood and roof.  Mechanically, the car came equipped with the LS3 engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission (with paddle shifters), vacuum actuated valve exhaust, the F55 suspension package and unique, 7-spoke chrome wheels.

2008 "Ethanol" Pace Car
The “Ethanol” Pace Car (left) was capable of running on E85 Ethanol gasoline. The Siver/Black Pace Car (right) was built to pay tribute to the 1978 Corvette Pace Car’s black and silver paint scheme. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

Motor Trend test drove a 2008 Corvette Z51 Coupe in September, 2007, and produced some impressive performance numbers, though perhaps not quite as impressive as might have been expected given the LS3’s increase in horsepower from the previous year’s LS2.  In short, Motor Trend clocked the Z51 coupe with a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds, a 0-100 time of 9.5 seconds, and an impressive 12.5-second quarter-mile at 115 miles per hour.

Per Motor Trend’s article on the 2008 Corvette, these performance numbers “line up almost perfectly with those of (the) best 2002 C5-generation Z06.  No surprise, really – that car made, ahem, ‘only’ 405 horsepower and 400 pounds-feet of torque.”  Adding to the impressive performance numbers recorded by Motor Trend, Autoblog.com reported that the 2008 Corvette coupe – the base model – could now reach a top speed of 190 miles per hour!

 special edition ZHZ Corvette
This special edition ZHZ Corvette was built specifically for the Hertz automotive rental plans

Unfortunately, not even the most impressive performance numbers in the world could outweigh the critical reality of the U.S. economy.  By the end of 2008, unemployment was soaring, and consumer spending continued to diminish as millions lost their homes and credit dried up for both individuals and businesses.

The “Great Recession” had taken hold, and its effects were felt in every market.  This was very evident in Corvette’s dwindling sales numbers.  For 2008, Chevrolet sold 20,030 coupes, 7,731 Z06 Coupes, and a mere 7,549 Convertibles, bringing the total units that year to 35,310 cars – a decline of more than 5,000 units from the previous model year.

Compuware Corvette C6.R
Compuware Corvette C6.R

Still, while the 2008 model year suffered because of a global economic downturn, the engineers and designers at Corvette were continuing to work closely with the Corvette Racing program to develop some of the most innovative and exciting technology ever seen in the history of the car.  The results of this effort were clearly demonstrated when Corvette Racing ended its final full season in the GT1 class of the American Le Mans Series with a drivers championship – won by drivers Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R.  Although the 2008 ALMS season marked the end of Corvette Racing’s 10th year in GT1 category, both the No. 3 of Magnussen and O’ Connell, along with the No. 4 driven by Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta would transition to the GT2 category following the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Similarly, the development of the ZR1 would continue in earnest throughout 2008, giving rise to some criticism against GM for developing what was assured to be the costliest, and the most powerful, Corvette of all time.  The “Blue Devil” was about to emerge – but many were questioning if its arrival would coincide with the financial collapse of General Motors – leading some to speculate that the Corvette program might be in serious jeopardy.  Little did anyone realize, for how could they, that GM was on a track that would catapult the Corvette to levels of performance and popularity even greater than anything seen in its now fifty-five year history.

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2008 Corvette Specifications

2008 Corvette Pricing & Options

RPO No. DESCRIPTION QUANTITY RETAIL PRICE
1YY07
Base Corvette Coupe 19,796 $45,995.00
1YY67 Base Corvette Convertible 7,283 $54,335.00
1YY07 Indy 500 Pace Convertible (Z4Z) 234 $59,090.00
1YY67 Indy 500 Pace Convertible (Z4Z) 266 $68,160.00
1YY87 Z06 Corvette 7,226 $71,000.00
1YY87 427 Limited Edition Z06 (Z44) 505 $84,195.00
2LT Equipment Group – Coupe 3,089 $1,495.00
2LZ Equipment Group – Z06 4,929 $3,045.00
3LT Equipment Group – Coupe 9,201 $4,505.00
3LT Equipment Group – Convertible 5,879 $5,100.00
3LZ Equipment Group – Z06 1,460 $6,545.00
4LT Equipment Group – Convertible 528 $8,600.00
4LT Equipment Group – Coupe 834 $8,005.00
C2L Dual Removable Roof Panels (coupe) 2,773 $1,400.00
CC3 Removable Roof Panel, transparent (coupe) 3,251 $750.00
D30 Non-recommended color/trim/top combo 189 $590.00
F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4,666 $1,995.00
GU2 Rear Axle 2.73 Ratio (w/auto trans) 8,839 $395.00
MX0 Six-Speed Paddle Auto Trans (coupe/convertible) 19,136 $1,250.00
NPP Dual Mode Exhaust System (coupe/convertible) 13,454 $1,195.00
Q44 Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels (Z06) 395 $395.00
Q76 Chrome Aluminum Wheels (Z06) 5,101 $1,995.00
Q9V Chrome Forged Aluminum Wheels (coupe/convertible) 2,932 $1,850.00
QG7 Polished Forged Aluminum Wheels (coupe/convertible) 5,412 $1,295.00
QL9 Polished Aluminum Wheels (Z06) 970 $1,495.00
QX1 Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels (coupe/convertible) 1,781 $395.00
QX3 Original Design Chrome Wheels (coupe/convertible) 9,626 $1,850.00
R8C Corvette Museum Delivery 954 $490.00
U3U AM/FM, CD, Navigation, Bose 16,807 $1,750.00
Z51 Performance Package (coupe/convertible) 10,706 $1,695.00
45U Velocity Yellow exterior paint 3,264 $750.00
83U Atomic Orange exterior paint 2,246 $300.00
85U Jetstream Blue exterior paint 3,728 $750.00
Crystal Red exterior paint 5,420 $750.00
**6 Modified Two-Tone Seats (2LT&3LT) 5,807 $695.00

2008 Corvette Powertrain Specifications

Engine Spec

Engine
Type: 6.0 LS2 V8
Block Materials: Cast Aluminum
Displacement: 6.0 Litre/364 Cubic Inches
Bore: 4 x 3.62 inches
Compression Ratio: 10.9:1
Valvetrain: OHV, 2 valves per cyl.
Cylinder Head Material: Sequential Fuel Injection
Fuel Delivery: SFI (Sequential Fuel Injection)
Horsepower: 400HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque (lbs.-ft. @ rpm) (auto): 400 lb-ft @ 4.400 rpm
Max. Engine RPM: 6,500 RPM
Bore x stroke (mm.): 93 Octane
Est. MPG (Auto): 18/26 (City/Hwy)
Est. MPG (Manual): 18/28 (City/Hwy)

Transmission (Automatic)

Standard Transmission Spec
Type: Hydra-Matic 4L65-E
Features: Four-Speed Automatic, with Performance Algorithm Shifting (PAS)
Gear Ratios
1st Gear: 3.06:1
2nd Gear: 1.63:1
3rd Gear: 1.00:1
4th Gear: 0.70:1
Reverse: 2.29:1
Axle Ratio: 2.73:1 (3.15 optional)

Transmission (Manual)

Optional Manual Spec
Type: Tremec T56 6-speed manual
Features: 6-speed manual
Gear Ratios
1st Gear: 2.66:1
2nd Gear: 1.78:1
3rd Gear: 1.30:1
4th Gear: 1.00:1
5th Gear: 0.74:1
6th Gear: 0.50:1
Reverse: 2.90:1
Final Drive Ratio: 3.42:1

Transmission (Manual Z51)

Optional Manual Spec
Type: Tremec T56 6-speed w/ Z51 Sport Pkg
Features: 6-speed manual
Gear Ratios
1st Gear: 2.97:1
2nd Gear: 2.07:1
3rd Gear: 1.43:1
4th Gear: 1.00:1
5th Gear: 0.84:1
6th Gear: 0.56:1
Reverse: 3.28:1
Final Drive Ratio: 3.42:1

2008 Corvette Wheels, Suspension & Brakes

Suspension

Front Suspension 
Front Suspension Independent; upper and lower A-arms, transverse composite monoleaf spring, tube shock absorbers and antiroll bar.
Rear Suspension 
Rear Suspension Independent, upper and lower A-arms, toe links, transverse composite monoleaf springs, tube shock absorbers & anti roll bar.

Brakes

Type Power Assisted Anti-Lock Disc Brakes
Front Brakes 12.8 in. x 1.26 in rotors, 13.4 in x 1.26 in rotors (Z51 Package)
Rear Brakes: 12.0 in. x 1.00 in rotors, 13.0 in x 1.00 in rotors (Z51 Package)

Wheels & Tires

Wheels & Tires Coupe/Convertible
Front Tires P245/45ZR-18
Rear Tires P285/35ZR-19

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2008 Corvette Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions
Model Coupe Convertible
Wheelbase 105.7 Inches 105.7 Inches
Overall Length 174.6 Inches 174.6 Inches
Total Body Width 72.6 Inches 72.6 Inches
Overall Height 49.0 Inches 49.1 Inches
Front Track Width 62.1 Inches 62.1 Inches
Rear Track Width 60.7 Inches 60.7 Inches

Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions
Model Coupe Convertible
Headroom 37.9 Inches 37.9 Inches
Shoulder Room 55.2 Inches 55.2 Inches
Hip Room 53.7 Inches 53.7 Inches
Leg Room 43.0 Inches 43.0 Inches

Capacities

Capacities
Model Coupe Convertible
Passenger Capacity 2 – Driver & Passenger 2 – Driver & Passenger
Curb Weight 3,179 lbs. 3,199 lbs.
Cargo Volume (cu.ft): 22.4 Cubic Feet 10.4 Cubic Feet
Fuel Capacity (GALLONS) 18 gallons 18 gallons
Engine Oil Capacity (QTS) 5.5 (with filter) 5.5 (with filter)

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2008 Corvette Performance Results

0-45 MPH: 3.3 Seconds BRAKING 60-0 MPH: 114.57 Feet
0-60 MPH: 4.8 Seconds SLALOM 6 x 100 FT: 66.4 MPH
0-75 MPH: 6.7 Seconds SOUND LEVEL AT IDLE: 68 db (decibles)
QUARTER MILE: 12.90 Seconds @ 109.06 mph AT FULL THROTTLE: 85 db
BRAKING 30-0 MPH: 28.35 Feet AT 70 MPH CRUISE: 76 db

2008 Corvette Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN)

VIN Range & Meaning

VIN Range 1G1YY26W485100001 – 1G1YY36W085135284
1 (First Digit) 1 – United States
G (Second Digit) Manufacturer.  G – General Motors
1 (Third Digit) Manufacturer Division. 1 – Chevrolet
YY (Fourth & Fifth Digits) Carline/Series. YY – Corvette/Coupe
2/3 (Sixth Digit) Bodystyle of Car. 2 – Two Door Hatchback Coupe, 3 – Two Door Convertible
5/6 (Seventh Digit) Type of Restraint System.  5 – Front, 6 – Front/Side
W/E (Eighth Digit) Type of Engine.  W – 376C.I., 430HP (LS3); E – 427C.I., 505HP (LS7)
4 (Ninth Digit) Check Digit (varies)
8 (Tenth Digit) The Model Year. 8 – 2008
5 (Eleventh Digit) Location of the Assembly Plant. 5 – Bowling Green, Kentucky
1XXXXX (Twelfth thru Seventeenth Digits) Production Sequence Numbers.

The last six digits begin at 100001 and run thru 135284. Ending VIN (135284) did not match the total quantity of Corvettes built because 2008 production included non-salable pilot and prototype builds. Each Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is unique to an individual car.

Check Digit is used to calculate the characters in the serial number and gives it a single digit code that can be used to verify the serial number is legitimate. (Note: The check digit number varies depending on each specific VIN number.)
For all 2008 Corvettes, the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) was stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield. (See Figure 1 below)
2005 Corvette VIN location
Figure 1

2008 Corvette Factory Options

RPO No. DESCRIPTION QUANTITY RETAIL PRICE
1YY07
Base Corvette Coupe 19,796 $45,995.00
1YY67 Base Corvette Convertible 7,283 $54,335.00
1YY07 Indy 500 Pace Convertible (Z4Z) 234 $59,090.00
1YY67 Indy 500 Pace Convertible (Z4Z) 266 $68,160.00
1YY87 Z06 Corvette 7,226 $71,000.00
1YY87 427 Limited Edition Z06 (Z44) 505 $84,195.00
2LT Equipment Group – Coupe 3,089 $1,495.00
2LZ Equipment Group – Z06 4,929 $3,045.00
3LT Equipment Group – Coupe 9,201 $4,505.00
3LT Equipment Group – Convertible 5,879 $5,100.00
3LZ Equipment Group – Z06 1,460 $6,545.00
4LT Equipment Group – Convertible 528 $8,600.00
4LT Equipment Group – Coupe 834 $8,005.00
C2L Dual Removable Roof Panels (coupe) 2,773 $1,400.00
CC3 Removable Roof Panel, transparent (coupe) 3,251 $750.00
D30 Non-recommended color/trim/top combo 189 $590.00
F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4,666 $1,995.00
GU2 Rear Axle 2.73 Ratio (w/auto trans) 8,839 $395.00
MX0 Six-Speed Paddle Auto Trans (coupe/convertible) 19,136 $1,250.00
NPP Dual Mode Exhaust System (coupe/convertible) 13,454 $1,195.00
Q44 Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels (Z06) 395 $395.00
Q76 Chrome Aluminum Wheels (Z06) 5,101 $1,995.00
Q9V Chrome Forged Aluminum Wheels (coupe/convertible) 2,932 $1,850.00
QG7 Polished Forged Aluminum Wheels (coupe/convertible) 5,412 $1,295.00
QL9 Polished Aluminum Wheels (Z06) 970 $1,495.00
QX1 Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels (coupe/convertible) 1,781 $395.00
QX3 Original Design Chrome Wheels (coupe/convertible) 9,626 $1,850.00
R8C Corvette Museum Delivery 954 $490.00
U3U AM/FM, CD, Navigation, Bose 16,807 $1,750.00
Z51 Performance Package (coupe/convertible) 10,706 $1,695.00
45U Velocity Yellow exterior paint 3,264 $750.00
83U Atomic Orange exterior paint 2,246 $300.00
85U Jetstream Blue exterior paint 3,728 $750.00
Crystal Red exterior paint 5,420 $750.00
**6 Modified Two-Tone Seats (2LT&3LT) 5,807 $695.00

Base Corvette Coupe (1YY07)

  • The base price of the 2008 Chevy Corvette Coupe without any optional equipment.
  • Included a 430 Horsepower, LS3 engine, a six-speed manual transmission, stereo CD with XM radio and an auxillary MP3 jack, OnStar, leather seats, power driver seat, active handling, traction control, dual-zone A/C, keyless access/start, foglamps, tilt steering, cruise control, frontal air bags, body-color removable roof panels, a power hatch release with power pull down, and tire pressure monitor.

Base Corvette Convertible (1YY67)

  • The base price of the 2008 Chevy Corvette Conv. without any optional equipment.
  • Included a 430 Horsepower, LS3 engine, a six-speed manual transmission, stereo CD with XM radio and an auxillary MP3 jack, OnStar, leather seats, power driver seat, active handling, traction control, dual-zone A/C, keyless access/start, foglamps, tilt steering, cruise control, power trunk release, side airbags, sport seats, power passenger seat, cargo net, a manual soft top, and tire pressure monitor.

Indy 500 Pace Coupe (Z4Z) (1YY07)

  • The base price of the 2008 Chevy Corvette Coupe without any optional equipment.
  • Included a 430 Horsepower, LS3 engine, a six-speed manual transmission, stereo CD with XM radio and an auxillary MP3 jack, OnStar, leather seats, power driver seat, active handling, traction control, dual-zone A/C, keyless access/start, foglamps, tilt steering, cruise control, frontal air bags, body-color removable roof panels, a power hatch release with power pull down, and tire pressure monitor.

Indy 500 Pace Convertible (Z4Z) (1YY67)

  • The base price of the 2008 Indy Pace Car Conv. without optional equipment.
  • Included a 430 Horsepower, LS3 engine, a six-speed manual transmission, stereo CD with XM radio and an auxillary MP3 jack, OnStar, leather seats, power driver seat, active handling, traction control, dual-zone A/C, keyless access/start, foglamps, tilt steering, cruise control, power trunk release, side airbags, sport seats, power passenger seat, cargo net, a manual soft top, and tire pressure monitor.

Z06 Corvette (1YY87)

  • The base price of the 2008 Chevy Corvette Z06 Coupe without any optional equipment.
  • Included a 505 Horsepower, LS7 engine, a six-speed manual transmission, stereo CD with XM radio and an auxiliary MP3 jack, OnStar, leather seats, power driver seat, active handling, traction control, dual-zone A/C, keyless access/start, foglamps, tilt steering, cruise control, frontal air bags and tire pressure monitor.

427 Limited Edition Z06 (Z44) (1YY87)

  • The base price of the 2008 427 Limited Edition Z06 Coupe without optional equip.

Equipment Group – Coupe (2LT)

  • Optional equipment group upgrade (bundled options) for the 2008 Corvette coupe.
  • Included seat-mounted side impact airbags, sport seats, 6-way power passenger seat, cargo net, and a luggage shade.

Equipment Group – Z06 (2LZ)

  • Optional equipment group upgrade (bundled options) for the 2008 Z06 coupe.
  • Included seat-mounted side impact air bags, power-telescopic steering, heated seats, cargo net, luggage shade, memory package, steering-wheel audio controls, US9 6-CD radio, enhanced acoustics, and universal home-remote transmitter.

Equipment Group – Coupe (3LT)

  • Optional equipment group upgrade (bundled options) for the 2008 Corvette coupe.
  • Included 2LT equipment package plus a heads-up display, power-telescopic steering column, memory package, heated seats, US9 6-CD, enhanced acoustics, and universal home remote transmitter.

Equipment Group – Convertible (3LT)

  • Optional equipment group upgrade (bundled options) for the 2008 convertible.
  • Included 2LT equipment package plus a heads-up display, power-telescopic steering column, memory package, heated seats, US9 6-CD, enhanced acoustics, universal home remote transmitter.and power convertible top.

Equipment Group – Z06 (3LZ)

  • Optional equipment group upgrade (bundled options) for the 2008 Z06 coupe.
  • Combined uplevel group features with leather wrapped instrument panel, door panels, and console. The console trim featured unique bias-graphic pattern.

Equipment Group – Convertible (4LT)

  • Optional equipment group upgrade (bundled options) for the 2008 convertible.
  • Combined uplevel group features with leather wrapped instrument panel, door panels, and console. The console trim featured unique bias-graphic pattern.
  • Also included crossed-flag embroidery on the headrests.
  • Available with all models in Linen, Sienna and Ebony.

Equipment Group – Coupe (4LT)

  • Optional equipment group upgrade (bundled options) for the 2008 Corvette coupe.
  • Included uplevel equipment plus leather-wrapped interior and bias pattern console trim.
  • Also included crossed-flag embroidery on the headrests.
  • Available with all models in Linen, Sienna and Ebony.

Dual Removable Roof Panels (coupe) (2CL)

  • Two removable roof panels – color matched and transparent.
  • Although the Corvette coupe came equipped with the painted roof, this option allowed consumers to purchase both the fiberglass and the lexan roof tops. Both tops came fully equipped with all weatherstripping and hardware to properly fit/secure them to the car.

Removable Roof Panel, transparent (coupe) (CC3)

  • Optional transparent removable roof panel.
  • All Corvette coupes came equipped with a color matched roof panel. Consumers who wished to purchase the transparent panel in place of the color matched (painted fiberglass) roof panel could do so for an additional cost.
  • The transparent roof panel was made out Lexan and included all the same weatherstripping, mouldings, latches and hardware as the color matched, fiberglass top.

Non-recommended color/trim/top combo (D30)

  • Optional customer defined color combinations.
  • This option allowed consumers to select custom color combinations for the interior/exterior/convertible top for their Corvette other than those pre-determined by Chevrolet.

Magnetic Selective Ride Control (F55)

  • Adjustable magnetic suspension for varying drive conditions.
  • Was available with the coupe and convertible models. It was not available or Corvettes equipped with the Z51 performance option or on Z06 Corvettes.
  • Larger cross-drilled brake rotors were included with Magnetic Selective Ride Control (F55).

Rear Axle 2.73 Ratio (w/auto trans) (GU2)

  • Optional, higher-ratio rear axle gearing available on all Corvette models.
  • Replaced the 2.56 ratio which came standard on the base Corvette model when also equipped with RPO MX0 6-speed, paddle-shift, automatic transmission.
  • The 2.73 rear axle ratio came standard on Corvette equipped with the Z51 package.

Six-Speed Paddle Auto Trans (coupe/convertible) (MX0)

  • Optional automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
  • The paddle shifter feature enabled drivers to “manually” control the transmission’s shifting while operating the car.
  • Replaced the factory standard MN6 6-speed manual transmission.
  • When so equipped, the 2008 Corvette’s fuel economy was an estimated 17 MPG city, 27 MPG highway, and a combined 21 MPG.

Dual Mode Exhaust System (coupe/convertible) (NPP)

  • A hydraulically controlled adjustable exhaust system.
  • Dual Mode Exhaust utilizes a hydraulically controlled valve which opens at specific RPM to convert factory exhaust configuration to straight-back exhaust, allowing freer-flow (less restriction) of exhaust gases.
  • Dual Mode exhaust utilizes 2.5″ pipes in the exhaust system.
  • Power rating when dual mode exhaust system is installed (SAE): 436 hp and 580 ft lb of torque.

Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels (Z06) (Q44)

  • Painted finish on 10-spoke aluminum factory wheels.
  • The Z06 wheels featured a specific 10-spoke design.
  • The wheels were the same diameter as the base coupe and convertible models, but wider at 18×9.5 inch (front) and 19×12 inch (rear).
  • Z06 included extended mobility (run-flat) Goodyear Eagle F1 supercar tires, P275/35ZR18 front and P325/30ZR19 rear.

Chrome Aluminum Wheels (Z06) (Q76)

  • Chrome plated version of the Z06 factory wheels.
  • The wheels were the same diameter as the base coupe and convertible models, but wider at 18×9.5 inch (front) and 19×12 inch (rear).
  • Z06 included extended mobility (run-flat) Goodyear Eagle F1 supercar tires, P275/35ZR18 front and P325/30ZR19 rear.

Chrome Forged Aluminum Wheels (coupe/convertible) (Q9V)

  • Chrome plated variant of the forged aluminum wheels.
  • Wheel size was 18×8.5 inches in the front, 19×10 inches in the rear. Tire size was P245/40ZR-18 in the front; P285/35ZR-19 in the rear. Standard tires were Goodyear Eagle F1 EMT.

Polished Forged Aluminum Wheels (coupe/convertible) (QG7)

  • Polished finish on 5-spoke aluminum factory wheels.
  • Wheel size was 18×8.5 inches in the front, 19×10 inches in the rear. Tire size was P245/40ZR-18 in the front; P285/35ZR-19 in the rear. Standard tires were Goodyear Eagle F1 EMT.

Polished Aluminum Wheels (Z06) (QL9)

  • Polished finish on 10-spoke aluminum factory wheels.
  • The Z06 wheels featured a specific 10-spoke design.
  • The wheels were the same diameter as the base coupe and convertible models, but wider at 18×9.5 inch (front) and 19×12 inch (rear).
  • Z06 included extended mobility (run-flat) Goodyear Eagle F1 supercar tires, P275/35ZR18 front and P325/30ZR19 rear.

Competition Gray Aluminum Wheels (coupe/convertible) (QX1)

  • Painted finish on 5-spoke aluminum factory wheels.
  • Wheel size was 18×8.5 inches in the front, 19×10 inches in the rear. Tire size was P245/40ZR-18 in the front; P285/35ZR-19 in the rear. Standard tires were Goodyear Eagle F1 EMT.
  • Orig. Design Chrome Wheels (coupe/convertible) (QX3) Chrome dipped finish on 5-spoke aluminum factory wheels.
  • Wheel size was 18×8.5 inches in the front, 19×10 inches in the rear. Tire size was P245/40ZR-18 in the front; P285/35ZR-19 in the rear. Standard tires were Goodyear Eagle F1 EMT.

Corvette Museum Delivery (R8C)

  • New Corvette owners could opt to pick up their car at the National Corvette Museum.
  • When selected, the Corvette is diverted from the ordering dealer and delivered to the Museum.
  • Once the new Corvette arrives at the Museum, the new owner journeys to Bowling Green where they enjoy the VIP treatment for a full day with private tours of the Assembly Plant and the Museum.
  • The NCM Xperience is a similar activity for those who already have their Corvette but want to enjoy the unique VIP treatment.

AM/FM, CD, Navigation, Bose (U3U)

  • Upgraded stereo system package that included DVD and navigation.
  • XM satellite radio was included in all but base (US8) sound systems.
  • XM’s antenna was mounted in the exterior rear view mirrors.

Performance Package (coupe/convertible) (Z51)

  • Optional upgrade performance package.
  • The Z51 performance package included specific springs, shocks and stabilizer bars, larger cross-drilled brake rotors, engine oil, transmission, and power steering fluid coolers, Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar EMT tires, and specific 6-speed manual transmissions.
  • This option was also available with an automatic transmission.

Velocity Yellow exterior paint (45U)

  • Upgraded paint option with an extra tint coat.
  • The Velocity Yellow exterior paint option cost an additional $750.00.
  • Multi-coat paint; Excludes: (J004) Standard Paint Type (black), (J005) Standard Paint Type (gloss) and (83U) Atomic Orange

Atomic Orange exterior paint (83U)

  • Upgraded paint option with an extra tint coat.
  • The Atomic Orange exterior paint option cost an additional $300.00.
  • Metallic paint; Excludes: (J004) Standard Paint Type (black), (J005) Standard Paint Type (gloss), (45U) Velocity Yellow, (85U) Jetstream Blue and (89U) Crystal Red.

Jetstream Blue exterior paint (85U)

  • The Jetstream Blue exterior paint option cost an additional $750.00.
  • Metallic paint; Excludes: (J004) Standard Paint Type (black), (J005) Standard Paint Type (gloss), (83U) Atomic Orange and (89U) Crystal Red.

Crystal Red exterior paint (89U)

  • The Crystal Red exterior paint option cost an additional $750.00.
  • Metallic paint; Excludes: (J004) Standard Paint Type (black), (J005) Standard Paint Type (gloss), (83U) Atomic Orange and (85U) Jetstream Blue.

Modified Two-Tone Seats (2LT&3LT) (**6)

  • Two-tone leather seats color combinations available in 2LT & 3LT packages.

Notes

  • 500 RPO ZHZ Corvettes were built for Hertz Fun Club rental. All were velocity yellow with black stripes and seven spoke chrome wheels.
  • OnStar, XM radio, and auto-dimming rearview mirrors with campus were standard. All radios except navigation had an MP3 audio jack.
  • A new key fob was introduced that featured a hide-away door lock key.

2008 Corvette Recalls

Currently, there are not any factory recalls listed for the 2008 C6 Chevrolet Corvette.

Please check back regularly for updates as they become available.


2008 Corvette Service Bulletins

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Service Bulletins Pi-0773

Service Bulletin No.: Pi-0773
Component(S): Power Train
Nhtsa Id Number: 10055803
Manufacturer: General Motors Llc
Summary: Cadillac/chevrolet/gmc/hummer/pontiac: There Is Slipping Or Have No Fourth, Fifth Or Sixth Gear And Malfunction Indicator Lamp (Mil) Would Be On, With Diagnostic Trouble Code (Dtc) P0796 Found As Active. *pe

Service Bulletins Sb-0505-23-007-b

Service Bulletin No.: Sb-0505-23-007-b
Component(S): Service Brakes, Air , Service Brakes, Hydraulic
Nhtsa Id Number: 10055791
Manufacturer: General Motors Llc
Summary: Cadillac/Chevrolet: Information Provided Regarding The Possibility Of Brake Rotor Surface Cracking That Is Visible Due To Thermal Fatigue Testing. Model 2005-09 Slur, 2005-13 Corvette. *pe

Service Bulletins Pi-0018-b

Service Bulletin No.: Pi-0018-b
Component(S): Structure , Visibility
Nhtsa Id Number: 10054243
Manufacturer: General Motors Llc
Summary: General Motors: The Windows, Front And Rear, Would Bind, Poor Fit, Misalignment, Makes Rattle Or Squeaking Noises, Moves Slowly And Is Inoperative. Model 2008-2014 Vehicles And Trucks. *pe

Service Bulletins 08-08-67-013h

Service Bulletin No.: 08-08-67-013h
Component(S): Visibility
Nhtsa Id Number: 10053224
Manufacturer: General Motors Llc
Summary: Gm: The Roof Weatherstrips May Not Be Clean Or May Not Be Lubricated Or, Silicon Spray Or Plastic Cleansers May Have Been Applied To The Weather Strips. This Can Cause A Snap, Pop, Creak Or Rattle Noise From The Roof Panel While Driving. *js

Service Bulletins Pip-4158f

Service Bulletin No.: Pip-4158f
Component(S): Engine And Engine Cooling
Nhtsa Id Number: 10052311
Manufacturer: General Motors Llc
Summary: General Motors: Low Engine Oil Pressure, No Oil Pressure, And/or Engine Noise. This Could Be The Result Of A Sticking Oil Pump Pressure Relief Valve. *kb

Service Bulletins Pic-5335-a

Service Bulletin No.: Pic-5335-a
Component(S): Suspension
Nhtsa Id Number: 10051239
Manufacturer: General Motors Llc
Summary: Cadillac/chevrolet: For No Apparent Reason, The Front And/or Rear, Composite Springs Would Crack And/or Become Broken. Models 2004-2009 Xlr; 1997-2013 Corvette. *pe

Service Bulletins Pip-5037

Service Bulletin No.: Pip-5037
Component(S): Power Train
Nhtsa Id Number: 10044859
Manufacturer: General Motors Llc
Summary: General Motors: Corvette Clutch Pedal Low Or Sticks To The Floor- Cmc (Clutch Master Cylinder) Bypass. This Concern Will Not Be Intermittent And Will A Hard Fault. If The Condition Is Intermittent Then This Pi Will Not Apply. Also Included Chevrolet Grand Sport 2008-2012; Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2009-2012; Chevrolet Zr1 2008, 2010-2012. *js

Service Bulletins 09-07-30-004f

Service Bulletin No.: 09-07-30-004f
Component(S): Power Train Nhtsa Id
Number: 10043845
Manufacturer: General Motors Llc
Summary: Gm: Slips In Reverse Or Third, Delayed Reverse Or Drive Engagement, Dtc P0776, P2715, P2723, Harsh 2-3 Shifts (Inspect 1-2-3-/ 3-5-r Housing And Pump Seal Rings). This Condition May Be Caused By A Cracked 1-2-3-4/ 3-5-r Clutch Housing. *js Updated 5/10/12. *pe Updated 04/15/2014 *js

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2008 Corvette Owners User Manual

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Source Material:

  1. Corvette Black Book – Copyright 2014, Michael Bruce Associates, Inc.
  2. The Complete Book of Corvette, Every Model Since 1953 – Copyright 2005, Mike Mueller – MBI Publishing
  3. National Corvette Museum (www.corvettemuseum.org/specs/2008)
  4. Wilmer “Wil” Cooksey Bio. (http://rfyd.org/cooksey.html)

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