More information on the upcoming C7 Corvette emerged early this morning from a press conference in Detroit set to discuss the car’s all-new LT1 engine.
Chevrolet’s next Corvette will officially come with a 6.2-liter small block LT1 V8 making more than 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque with an expected 26 mpg on the highway. Those gains will come through cylinder deactivation along with direct injection and variable valve timing.
Much to GM’s consternation, shutting half the old engine down to save fuel presented “insurmountable noise and vibration issues,” something that’s been addressed with the LT1, which is 99 percent new according to GM.
What’s more, the new ‘Vette is said to boast a sub-four-second 0-60 sprint.
Rumors of a twin-turbo V6-powered Corvette swirled around the internet earlier this week, but GM said this morning that feedback from Corvette customers dissuaded such a decision. Despite that, the brand didn’t deny that a force-fed six could eventually be on tap for future Corvettes.
For now, GM’s next-generation small block V8 is actually lighter than the 4.4-liter V8 found in the BMW 5 Series and can adjust pressure on demand through its direct injection system.