Over the Back Fence: New Engine for the 2008 Corvette

With all the talk of the "Blue Devil," "Stingray," "LS9," or otherwise designated hyper Corvette reportedly coming in 2009, there's been little talk about improvements to the base model. Not quite. Frequent source of 'Vette secrets, CorvetteConti.com, apparently dished on the 2008 model. Aside from some new interior and exterior color choices (read the full account after the jump), optional Z06-style chrome wheels and some manner of performance rear axle, the big news is the engine. And that is, a 6.2-liter LS3 producing an unknown horsepower bump. Enthusiasts have suggested the revised powerplant will likely turn out somewhere around 425 hp, and may be party to such materiel as direct injection, variable valve timing and displacement on demand. All we know is that for those who just took delivery of their C6, progress can be a bitch.


BRIEF CHANGES I CAN SEE NOW FOR 2008 CORVETTE;
Coupe & Convertible will have 9 interior choices!
The 7 we have now and 2 new ones
245 Sienna Custom Leather Wrap(?)
425 Linen Custom Leather Wrap(?)
Z06 also picks up these combos to their interior choices

NEW COLORS, do not have all the full names yet, but the New Blue we also broke 1st is going to be called BLUESTREAM, no Mulsanne as we first thought, it is code 85U which MAY BE a tint coat color, the other color and yes it replaces one I will not mention just yet is 89U Crystal Clar***(?something)

I noticed that QX3 chrome wheels may NOT be available for Coupe & Convertible, but Q76, the Z06 Chrome wheel is still showing available.

The Coupe & Convertible show;
QG6 as SPLIT SPOKE standard wheel &
QX1 -SPLIT SPOKE Comp grey &
QG7 as FORGED POLISHED. No sign of the QX3 chrome wheel option(?!)

Coupe & Convertible now get a 4LT PKG, so there will be a 1,2,3 & 4LT for COUPES and 2,3,& 4LT for Convertibles; The Z06 also picks up a new package of 3LZ, we know NO content at this time.

LOOKS AS IF THERE IS TO BE A DIFFERENT AXLE available on the automatic GU2 as a 2.73 performance axle for the 6 speed auto !

A couple new codes popped up(?!)
NPP- marketing name TBD
CCR- marketing name TBD

And the big news...and yes it's a follow up to our original story, THE LS3 ENGINE IS A GO for 2008 (6.2L) Corvette Coupe & Convertible. Should be a HP bump, we just don't know to what....

Please do not ask engine HP, specs as I do not have it, we'll allow GM to present this to us....towards April. Just some of the advance info I can confirm before anyone else is all I wanted to share with you here now.

Please do not ask engine HP, specs as I do not have it, we'll allow GM to present this to us....towards April. Just some of the advance info I can confirm before anyone else is all I wanted to share with you here now.

I will announce the other color to be cancelled soon, so stay tuned, I guess I just didn't want to say right now.(I'm bummed at both cancellations) Atomic Orange & White?, yes both stay for 2008. Good guess though. Remember 19U LeMans Blue is gone after 2007, and I predict that it won't even be made through the entire 2007 year - we'll also keep you updated on that. Atomic Orange?, yes it stays for 2008.

[via CorvetteConti.com]

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