GM just officially announced that the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray will boast 460 hp: an output figure 10 hp greater than the initial estimate.
Last January when the brand first unveiled the new Corvette, its all-new LT1 V8 had yet to be SAE certified, but the numbers were confirmed today. Fitted with the available performance exhaust, the car will offer 460 hp, or 455 with the standard system. In both cases it offers 460 lb-ft of torque, all of which confirms something that won’t surprise anyone: this is the most powerful standard engine in a Corvette yet.
“The LT1’s performance complements the Corvette’s low mass with a tremendous feeling of power that builds as the rpm climbs. Drivers will experience more power and acceleration than ever before with the standard engine – in fact, its power and torque surpass many uplevel engines offered by competitors,” said Jordan Lee, Small Block chief engineer.
Chevrolet also said the engine offers torque comparable to the 7.0-liter LS7 V8 that powers the Z06 Corvette. An official 0-60 sprint time is still unannounced, but Chevrolet expects the car to reach that mark in under four seconds. In other words, it does.
Other noteworthy tidbits on the engine include that it actually weights less than the 4.4-liter V8 found in a BMW 5 Series. Drivers will also enjoy improved fuel economy through cylinder deactivation to effectively transform the powerplant from a 6.2-liter V8 to a 3.1-liter V4.
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