Next Chevrolet Corvette may feature a small turbocharged V8

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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The Chevrolet Corvette is an American icon. Since its inception in 1953, the Corvette has been redefined throughout six generations to the point where it's gone from boulevard cruiser to world-renowned supercar. With the exception of a rare inline six-cylinder engine in the 1950s, the Corvette has always been powered by a V8 engine of relatively large displacement, but that may soon change. (TBD) has reported that the next Chevrolet Corvette will be powered by a small-displacement engine little more than 3 litres in size. If Chevrolet actually decides to build such a Corvette, it would be a radical change for the American supercar, which is currently being powered by giant 6.0-, 6.2- and 7.0-litre engines. mentions that a Corvette with a high-revving, low-displacement V8 engine may attract customers who are typically drawn to European supercar manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche.

The new engine will reportedly be turbocharged for more torque delivery and TBD says it may rev as high as 10,000 rpm, according to a source involved in the next Corvette's development. The proposed turbocharged engine is expected to produce over 400 horsepower with improvements in torque output over the current model. For those who would lament the demise of a Corvette with a big-block engine, TBD claims that a range of engines will be available for the next Corvette including a big-block V8.

Manufacturers all over the world are currently downsizing their engines in order to deliver better fuel economy and reduce emissions. BMW is migrating to turbocharged power and less displacement for its M line-up of high performance vehicles, and the trend is even spreading to less performance-focused vehicles as well.

It appears that even full-fledged supercar makers like Ferrari acknowledge the benefits of turbocharged power for future models, so it only makes sense that more mainstream sports car players like Chevrolet will look to similar solutions to improve efficiencies. If anything, Chevrolet is simply moving with the times in a highly competitive sports car market.

The seventh generation Corvette is expected to arrive in just a couple years time.

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Topics: Convertible, Sports Coupe, Chevrolet, Corvette, Corvette Z06, Corvette ZR1, Supercar,

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