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The V6 engine won’t do the Chevrolet Corvette justice, so Chevrolet is planning for a smaller displacement V8 engine with a turbocharger instead. According to General Motors, the smaller engine Corvette would appeal to a wider range of customers. Now, the real question is that would it be cheaper? We doubt it. And would it appeal to a wider range of customers? Now, that is another puzzling question that we would like GM to answer.
So, how small is this turbocharged V8 engine? According to TheDetroitBureau.com, it will be a turbocharged 3.0-liter V8 engine producing in excess of 400 horsepower. And according to Mark Reuss, GM’s North American president, previously discussed with TheDetroitBureau.com, the C7 Corvette will “target a very different sort of buyer.” Again, we are still puzzled about this segment of buyers.
No word on the pricing of this smaller displacement V8 Corvette. And if such Corvette ever produced, we hope that it will cheaper or else it wouldn’t economical sense. If either case doesn’t work, GM should look into producing a turbocharged V6 engine instead, and perhaps that would definitely make some economical and environmentally sense.
Anyhow, GM just invested $131 million in the Bowling Green plant in Kentucky that builds the Corvette, and we expect the new Corvette with a turbocharged V8 engine to be available in about two to three years from now.