Late in October, Chevrolet confirmed that the 2014 Corvette would be powered by a 6.2-liter, LT1 V8 engine with 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, possibly making the new base model C7 nearly as fast as the outgoing Z06.
Not only will the new LT1 V8 be lighter than the current LS3 V8, it’s also more fuel efficient with an expected 26 mpg on the highway. The new powerplant took six years to develop with General Motors investing heavily into its Tonawanda engine plant in New York.
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The LT1 will be Chevy’s fifth-generation small-block V8 and it’s clear that General Motors isn’t playing around. Most of all, the LT1 isn’t just an engine for the American automaker, it’s a symbol for both GM and the Corvette C7.
Watch a video below as the team discusses the development of the new LT1 which involved a $425 million investment into the Tonawanda plant and helped create or retain 700 jobs.
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