What’s Inside the Corvette – A Brand New Look
General Motors debuted on Wednesday with a brand new engine for their seventh generation Corvette. The small block V-8 LT 1 stands 25.3 inches in height and weighs 465 pounds, trimming its weight by one hundred pounds. Hailed as one of the technically advanced engines in the world, the new engine features cylinder deactivation technology, which idles four of its eight cylinders at low speeds to improve fuel economy.
The new engine promises to show the same guts that have made the Corvette such a hot, favored item over the years, producing at least 450-horse power and achieving zero to sixty M.P.H. in less than four seconds. How good is the muscle car on fuel? It boasts more than 26 M.P.G. on the highway.
The new engine is 38 pounds lighter than the 4.4 liter, twin turbo engine of BMW’s base V-8 engine, and will also be used in versions of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, which will be revealed Dec. 13. It uses direct-injection technology with a compression ratio of 11.5:1, improving both its fuel economy and performance.
Stated Mary Barra, GM’s senior vice president of global product development, the objective was to raise the performance bar for engines and the company feels they have achieved “a true technological masterpiece that seamlessly integrates a suite of advanced technologies that can only be found on a handful of engines in the world.”
The Corvette’s closest competitors are expected to be only sports cars along the line of the Porsche 911 and the BMW M3 coupe. The design for the body style to accompany the exciting, new, technically advanced engine will not be revealed until Jan. 13 in Detroit ahead of the North American International Auto Show. Until then, Corvette fans will just have to dream and wait.