C7 Corvette Engine To Be Turbocharged?

In an article today, entitled "Next Corvette to Target Euro-Supercar Fans With Small, High-Revving Turbo V8," the DetroitBureau.com website states the following:

"Anxious to attract the sort of high-performance buyers increasingly drawn to European sports cars from the likes of Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini, General Motors is planning some major changes for the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette – starting with a high-revving, small-displacement powertrain, that will substitute for the big V8s traditionally found under the hood of the Chevy 2-seater.

Citing highly placed GM executives, the Bureau claims:

"GM has approved the use of a very European-style V8 that will be only slightly larger than 3 liters in displacement. The engine will be of an overhead-cam, rather than traditional overhead-valve design, using a dry sump oil system that’s particularly well-suited to high-performance road courses rather than straight-line acceleration. The engine is expected to feature a narrow 80.5 mm bore and a long stroke, more like a Ferrari or Lamborghini powertrain than the approach used for traditional Motor City metal.

The article continues:

A very senior GM executive also confirmed that the new engine will be turbocharged, which will help yield a broad torque curve and maximum performance under a variety of driving conditions. The engine is expected to deliver in excess of 400 horsepower, which means a specific output in the range of 125 horsepower per liter. That’s the sort of number that would help the next-gen Vette stack up well against the likes of a Porsche 911 or Lamborghini Gallardo.

We will continue to monitor the press and the factory on everything revealed (or even speculated) about the C7.  We can’t wait to see it, either.  Stay tuned: it will be exciting!

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4 Responses to C7 Corvette Engine To Be Turbocharged?

  1. You have to post this new Chevy Camaro ad; it’s awesome!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfo7tWdGu7I&feature=relmfu

  2. Kerry Kirby says:

    I think that is a stupid move. The corvette has always been a big small block and they say the LS Gen4 with direct injection is perfect. It is idiotic to change from what people love and have always desired to be like european. Stick with the tried and true American Muscle, but improve ride comfort with better seats and interior. The LS3 has 436hp and with DI would have about 465hp, with even better gas mileage, and the same sweet engine sound. Also match that with dual clutch transmission and further improve performance and economy. Anything else is Corvette blasphemy. If you want the tiny crap engine, make it a flipping option for the wannabe Euro geeks.

  3. Bill Connell says:

    We have read that the “Euro geek” version, as you put it, may be an option, rather than the exclusive powertrain. Let’s hope so!

  4. dannie conklin says:

    Yes make it as an option! It like would be like the 6 cylinder. How many do you see? If you want it go for it, improve, not replace, when you have something that works! Supercharge, bring out the 7-speed, add more miles to gallont! IMPROVE! I could go on and on

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