Despite the power increase, GM promises the most fuel efficient 450 hp ever.
October 24, 2012
By: Nick Saporito
During this morning's Small Block V-8 reveal Chevrolet let a few more details out of the bag regarding the 2014 Corvette. Specifically, we learned that the car will be powered by an all-new 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 packing at least 450 horsepower and 450 foot-pounds of torque. The new engine will propel the all-new Corvette to 60 mph in less than four seconds, according to Chevrolet.
It has been well known that the seventh generation Corvette was due to launch in 2013, and naturally a new design will come with it. Details of the design have already been leaked over the course of time revealing a Corvette that is edgier, but generally evolutionary from today's car. Underneath the new design is an updated version of the car's Y-Body chassis. GMI has been told by multiple sources that the underpinnings of the car will not be radically different from the C6, which makes sense considering the current car is mechanically proficient.
Inside expect dramatic changes to the Corvette. The current dated interior will be swapped for a interior that sources have stated will look at home in a high-end luxury vehicle. Though don't expect heavy use of capacitive touch controls that are becoming common in luxury cars - we've heard Corvette engineers wanted knobs.
In addition to the 450 horsepower, GM has promised overall fuel efficiency increases in the new Corvette as well. Though no specific figures have been released as of yet, the current Corvette is rated at a respectable 16/26 mpg by the EPA. The fuel economy increase is coming from the addition of direct fuel injection, variable valve timing and GM's Active Fuel Management on the new LT1.
So what about the super high performance Z06 and ZR1 trim levels? Well, we don't expect new Z's when the 2014 Corvette launches late next Spring. Instead, we expect a roll out similar to the C6 Corvette. The all-new coupe will launch first, followed by the convertible later in 2013. After that it is anyone's guess, but GMI has heard rumblings that a supercharger mates very well to the all-new LT1 V-8, so we'll let you draw your own conclusions on that.