General Motors has finally confirmed that the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette will be powered by a new version of the 6.2-liter V-8 engine which is referred to as the LT1.
Based on the information from General Motors, the new engine was designed to generate more horsepower and torque compared to the engine used on the current model. In addition to this, the LT1 is also more fuel-efficient compared to the engine that it will be replacing.
Prior to the finalization of its decision to use the LT1 on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, General Motors has considered a lot of options. In fact, GM’s engineers and vehicle developers even thought of using a twin turbocharged V-6 engine. However, this engine was eventually removed from the existing options since General Motors has realized that its dealerships would surely have a hard time in selling the Corvette because the V-8 has been a major part of the model’s good reputation.
Fortunately, the company’s personnel have come up with a better idea that eventually resolved the problem which is related to the engine selection. Instead of using other engine, GM has decided to upgrade the small-block V-8 engine which is used on the current version of the Corvette.
The individuals involved in upgrading the engine used some of the company’s technologies. In addition to that, the LT1 has received a number of firsts such as direct injection, cylinder deactivation, and continuously variable valve timing. The cylinder deactivation is responsible for shutting the engine’s 8 cylinders when the vehicle is driven in areas where the driving conditions are light. The direct injection on the other hand allows the LT1 to consume fuel efficiently. Due to these, the newly-upgraded engine became more powerful yet fuel efficient.
Given all of the upgrades that were implemented on the small-block V-8, the engine has also become responsive and capable of delivering better power when the engine runs at relatively lower speeds. Based on some of the tests conducted, the torque that the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette produces at speeds below 4000 rpm is quite similar to what the Corvette Z06 which is powered by a larger 7.0-liter V-8 engine could generate.
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette will be introduced in the market as a vehicle which is capable producing a maximum power output of up to 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque. These figures are better than the 430 horsepower and 424 lb.-ft. of torque that the current model is offering.