Base Corvette 6.2L LT1 engine rated at 460 horsepower

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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If you were wondering whether Chevy would up the power of its all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray or make due with a carryover mill when launched, you don't appreciate the level of pride at GM's Bowling Green team.

The outgoing 'Vette was no slouch of course, with its base 6.2-litre V8 pushing out 430-horsepower and 424 lb-ft of torque, but with the new car looking faster standing still it needed a bump in output just to satisfy optics. For model year 2014 the bowtie brand's flagship sports car maintains the current 6.2-litre displacement but gets a 30-horsepower jolt to 460-horsepower, while torque climbs by 41 lb-ft to 465.

Chevy says a full 316 lb-ft of torque is available from as low as 1,000 rpm, which means this lightweight two-seater will get off the line quickly for a blindingly fast sub-four-second sprint to 100 km/h.

Even performance cars need to pay respect to fuel economy these days, therefore the LT1 continues forward with Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation and variable valve timing whereas direct injection combines to improve fuel-efficiency by 25-percent.

Additional engine technologies include four-into-one exhaust manifolds, a revised intake manifold design, and piston squirters added to the oil system to cool the cylinders when under stress, while a new dry-sump oiling system can be added as an option.

While thoroughly impressive, the LT1 is merely the base Corvette engine. Expect further mechanical announcements as a raft of variations on the Corvette theme get announced in traditional Bowling Green fashion.
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Topics: Sports Coupe, Chevrolet, 2014, Corvette Stingray,

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