Chevrolet has just released details of its fifth-generation Small Block V8 engine today, a.k.a as the LT1, for the upcoming 2014 Corvette. According to the press release from GM, preliminary power output is around 450 horsepower and torque is about 450 pound-feet.
In comparison, the new new 6.2-liter V8 small block engine is about 20 hp and 26 lb-ft of torque more than the current 6.2-liter LS3. With the extra power and torque, the new 2014 Corvette C7 base model stays competitive against the likes of Mustang 5.0 GT and Camaro models. Estimated time from 0-60 mph is around 4 seconds when installed on the 2014 Corvette C7 base model.
More power is good but bad on the fuel economy, so Chevy engineers added cylinder deactivation to the new Corvette powerplant, which is estimated to have more than 26 miles per gallon on the highway. Other technologies will be included in the new 6.2-liter V8 small block engine are direct injection, continuously variable valve system, dry sump oil system (optional), and a higher 11.5:1 compression ratio. And by the way, you need premium fuel to run this baby.
“The Holy Grail for developing a performance car is delivering greater performance and more power with greater fuel economy and that’s what we’ve achieved,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “By leveraging technology, we are able to get more out of every drop of gasoline and because of that we expect the new Corvette will be the most fuel-efficient 450 horsepower car on the market.”
GM also has just released a teaser video of the new 2014 Corvette C7 a few days ago, you can check out the video below, but don’t expect too much. We’ll have more updates coming up, so stay tuned.