Nothing has been more exciting than waiting to learn all about the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7. All we’ve had up to this point is images of new flags, but General Motors has released a huge announcement during a press event at the Powertrain Development Center in Pontiac, Michigan. They have created a brand new engine, a 6.2 liter small block V8 that will be the heart beat of the new Vette. Not only is this engine going to be housed in the Vette, variants are going to be made to go into the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, which up to now we’ve only seen a glimpse of their headlights.
The 6.2 liter V8 engine for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette is expected to host a minimum of 450 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque. These horses will take you from 0 to 60 in less than four seconds, at 27 miles per gallon at the very least. While this engine is huge on power and performance, it is four inches lower, more compact and weighs around 40 pounds less than BMW’s 4.4 liter twin turbo V8. From the sounds of it, it will also outperform it on every level.
Mary Barra, Senior Vice President, Global Product Development comments, “Our objective for the development of the all-new LT1 was to raise the bar for performance car engines. We feel that we have achieved that by delivering 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. What makes this engine truly special is the advanced combustion system that extracts the full potential of these technologies. The art and science behind that combustion system make the Corvette LT1 one of the most advanced V-8 engines in the world.”
Kudos to Chevrolet and General Motors for their ongoing dedication to building powerhouse engines that are powerful and high performing at the same time. Here are a couple of videos to give you a better idea of what the excitement is about.