After months of rumors and spy shots, Chevy officially unveiled the new 2008 Corvette LS3 this week, which will replace the current LS2 model. The new ‘Vette takes its name from its new 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine, which produces 430 horsepower, up 36 horsepower from the previous year’s model. And if you opt for the dual-mode exhaust, you get an additional 6 horsepower. Chevy notes that the new engine is 6 percent more efficient than the one it replaces, thanks to a number of engine and structural enhancements. There’s also a new, more efficient six-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, which Chevy said shifts 30 percent faster than the previous shifter.
You might notice the differences in the new model when you’re seated behind the steering wheel and tapping the gas pedal, but from the outside you won’t notice much difference between the old and the new ‘Vettes, except for some new colors, like Crystal Red Metallic Tintcoat and Jetstream Blue Metallic Tintcoat. The ‘Vette retains its low-profile, long-hooded, hip-backed look, which doesn’t seem dated. That might change, however, when the new Chevy Camaro hits the showrooms later this year.
The ’08 Vette also gets a number of interior enhancements, including new brushed aluminum accents, a wrapped center trim plate, an MP3 player input jack on all sounds sytems except the navigation system, a new keyless entry key fob, and standard OnStar and XM satellite radio. There’s also a new optional Leather-Wrapped Interior Package for a little extra luxury.