For the most part, if you’re getting behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the last thing on your mind is fuel efficiency. So why might the great American sports car end up with stop-start engine technology?
GM may be forced to add the technology as a standard feature later this decade in order to meet federal regulations. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is rated at 17 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway according to the EPA, a nearly 12 percent increase compared to the outgoing model.
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According to the Stingray’s chief engineer, Tadge Juechter, the American automaker had actually considered adding stop-start tech for the 2014 model year, but didn’t after deciding it would detract from the driving experience. Juechter believes that stop-start technology can improve the Stingray’s fuel economy by about two mpg in the city.
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