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How much? £45,995
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Engine: 6162cc 16v V8, 424bhp @ 5900rpm, 424lb ft @ 4600rpm
Transmission: Six-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Performance: 4.1sec 0-60mph, 190mph, 21.2mpg, 316g/km CO2
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Corvette C6 (2008) CAR review

By Glen Waddington

First Drives

27 February 2008 09:01

GM sees the Corvette as a genuine Porsche 911 rival, so much so that it claims to have benchmarked this lightly revised version of the sixth-generation car directly against it. The 911. Yes, you read that right.

It also claims that the Corvette is the word's best-selling sports car. Yes, you read that right too. But, then, it's a home player in the American market. The fact that Britain accounts for annual sales in double figures makes a tiny impact on that claim, but it is something that GM is keen to redress.

Is Britain big enough for the Corvette?

Yep, it's a big car, and surprisingly small inside too. But the biggest bit is under the hood, sorry, bonnet. The already gigantic 'smallblock' V8 has been stretched from 5967cc to 6162cc, with a corresponding hike in power from 404bhp to 424bhp.

If you like the idea of a big noise and a big shove in the back when you floor the throttle, the Corvette is your kind of car. Open the taps and you're immediately assailed by V8 thunder, while the horizon suddenly gets noticeably closer. This is a quick car, though it's also colossally high-geared, so the sense of unstoppable momentum really builds as you climb up those tall ratios. And you really need a long stretch of empty road to enjoy it to the full.

Okay, but does the 'Vette handle?

A nifty, squirty 911 it most patently is not. You can hustle the 'Vette, and those with an honours degree in bravery will find it hugely throttle-steerable too, but you need room. Lots of it. During the test we had the Paul Ricard circuit at our disposal in Southern France. With its huge run-off areas and reputation for safety, it's the perfect place to get to know a 'Vette, to learn when to keep your hand in and your foot down – and when not to. You soon learn too, because at these speeds the hefty steering communicates better and makes sense, and the long straights mean you can let yourself loose on that long-travel accelerator. You emerge smiling and exhilarated.

Then you try it out on tight, twisty French country lanes and find the 'Vette's sheer size a touch daunting. It's best on long sweepers, in on a trailing throttle, then powering through and out – and tail-slides are strictly optional.

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CubicInches

CubicInches says

RE: Corvette C6 (2008) CAR review

Mr Glen Waddington, you are SO full of ****!

I would be surprised if you still hae your job at Car or ANY car magazine! I bought my new manual C6 LS3 for 3 monthes ago and there is ABSOLUTELY norhing wrong with the gearbox feel! Ok, the interior material quality is not the best but it's not a luxury car?! And what about how a 911 3,8 litre boxer sounds compared to the 6,2 liter American muscle? Btw, who cares how luxurious your 911 interior is when you have to flee the field to avoid humiliation whenever you meet a Corvette on the road? Over and out!

16 October 2009 20:51

 

CubicInches

CubicInches says

RE: Corvette C6 (2008) CAR review

Mr Glen Waddington, you are SO full of ****!

I would be surprised if you still hae your job at Car or ANY car magazine! I bought my new manual C6 LS3 for 3 monthes ago and there is ABSOLUTELY norhing wrong with the gearbox feel! Ok, the interior material quality is not the best but it's not a luxury car?! And what about how a 911 3,8 litre boxer sounds compared to the 6,2 liter American muscle? Btw, who cares how luxurious your 911 interior is when you have to flee the field to avoid humiliation whenever you meet a Corvette on the road? Over and out!

16 October 2009 20:51

 

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jim says

temptation rears its ugly head

in america, on american roads and at american prices you would have to be tempted at some time.once you accept the american engineers view that' good enough is perfect' then it does make a lot of sense over the very overpriced porsche.

17 March 2008 19:33

 

dysonapr

dysonapr says

The tests in the US generally say that this model is too extreme for everyday driving. Whatever GM may claim, it's Nurburgring lap-times don't necessarily qualify it as a road car. Needell & Clarkson both said it was a hoot on the track, & dreadful on the road.

10 March 2008 05:13

 

10,000 Angry Vegans

10,000 Angry Vegans says

What a meaningless article. In addition to a bunch of nonsense about the car's unwieldy size (it's less than a centimetre longer than a 997, for goodness sake), why was there no mention of the fact it's only available in left-hand drive? Forget the business about dimensions and price and all those endless sideways glances at the Porsche: the principal barrier to entry in this country is the fact the STEERING WHEEL IS ON THE WRONG SIDE. You may as well start writing reviews of other random U.S. market cars -- perhaps some nice Lincolns and F-series trucks? -- because nobody's going to buy those either.

02 March 2008 13:11

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