Taut purposeful iconic styling
As befits its status and an all-American automotive icon, the 2008 C6 retains the unmistakably distinctive design cues of the modern Corvette, subtly incorporating recent refinements. For example, the exposed front headlamps feature Xenon HID technology. The clean, undisturbed exterior lines are helped by the exclusion of mechanical door handles in favour of keyless electronic access and the integration of the radio antenna into the windscreen glass. Yielding an ultra-low drag coefficient of just 0.28 Cd, C6’s excellent aerodynamics incorporate anti-lift characteristics for enhanced high-speed stability.
The sharply defined front wings and a short front overhang contribute to a taut, purposeful front-end design. Meanwhile bold, simple rear-end styling emphasises the short rear overhang. The four round tail lamps – a Corvette trademark – are complimented by the four circular exhaust tailpipes integrated into the rear diffuser.
Both the Coupe and Convertible are available in a choice of eight exterior colours, with six interior colours – Red, Ebony, Cashmere, Titanium Grey, Sienna and Linen – depending on model.
Luxurious interior comfort and advanced technologies
The Corvette hallmark dual cockpit interior design features high quality craftsmanship and functionality. The two-layer composite driver and passenger seats give outstanding support and feature six-way power adjustment. Standard equipment includes climate control air-conditioning, cruise control and power programmable door locks.
The C6 features keyless access and push button start technologies, which allow entry and ignition by detecting the proximity of the key fob. The standard audio system includes RDS AM/FM radio, CD player, MP3 playback capability and seven speakers, with steering-wheel mounted controls.
As an option, a DVD-navigation system is available priced at £1600, while a six-disc in-dash CD changer and Premium Bose seven-speaker system is included with the £2400 Luxury Pack, which is optional for the C6 Coupe and standard on the C6 Convertible.
In full, the Luxury Pack includes:
- Memory package with presets for two drivers for the six-way power driver seat, outside mirrors and telescoping steering wheel
- Power telescopic steering wheel with manual tilt
- Heated seats
- Head-Up Display including G-force meter
- Premium Bose 7-speaker system
- 6-disc in-dash CD changer
- Auto dimming inside rear-view mirror with compass and driver outside mirror
A highlight of the Luxury Pack is the menu-selectable head-up display (HUD) – projected on to the windscreen – which enhances safety by allowing drivers to focus on the road while still monitoring vehicle speed and other critical information. The two settings, ‘Street’ and ‘Track’, are each pre-programmed to display information relevant for each respective situation.
Fresh-air motoring with Coupe or Convertible
Both 2008 Corvette C6 models offer drivers and passengers the opportunity to enjoy fresh-air motoring. The C6 Coupe features a removable body-colour roof panel, which can be stowed under the hatchback in the luggage area. A removable tinted clear roof panel is available as a £700 option.
The C6 Convertible’s power-operated soft top can be raised or lowered in just 18 seconds. The five-layer fabric soft top – available in black, beige and grey – preserves the car’s excellent aerodynamics and minimises noise intrusion.
The C6 Convertible offers identical performance, refinement and equipment levels to the Coupe. As the Corvette’s structure was designed from the outset to be an open car, it has similar torsional and flexural rigidity and ensures there is no compromise in ride, handling or performance compared with the Coupe.
Rear visibility in the Convertible is improved with a heated glass rear windscreen.
Active and Passive safety as standard
Both Corvette C6 models incorporate advanced active and passive safety features. With its agile handling, HUD, good visibility and immensely powerful all-disc braking system the C6 is comprehensively equipped to enable drivers to avoid the everyday hazards of motoring.
However, if an accident is unavoidable, the C6 has an Automatic Occupant Sensing System which ensures that the vehicle’s numerous safety systems deploy in the most appropriate manner for a particular incident. These systems include front dual-stage and side-impact airbags for both driver and passenger.
A Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Oil Life Monitoring System and Battery Rundown System ensure the driver is kept informed of the status of key vehicle components, pre-empting the development of any serious problems.
Range-topping Corvette Z06 Coupe
Drivers in search of the extreme Corvette experience, can upgraded their dreams to enjoy the race-developed power, performance and advanced technologies of the most powerful Corvette available in Europe – the Z06 Coupe.
Developed alongside the Le Mans GT1 class-winning Corvette C6.R race car, the Z06 benefits directly from an extensive transfer of motorsport technologies and advanced materials, plus the fitting of a larger capacity 7-litre, 512 ps V8 engine, to deliver blistering performance. The 2008 model Z06 Coupe is available in the UK from £61,995.Published 26 February 2008