2014 Chevrolet Corvette Receiving New LT1 6.2L Small Block V8
Here it is; the re-introduction of the LT1. It’s the first big news Chevy has revealed on their all new Ferrari-eating C7 Corvette. The LT1 is the fifth-generation of the Small Block V8 engine and if some early figures are correct, it should produce a supercar-worthy 450-hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. Upgrading from the current 6.2L LS3, estimates give the LT1 a bump in horsepower of at least 20 and in torque, an increase of 26 lb-ft. Early reports also suggest the torque numbers are more in line with the current 7.0L LS7 found in the Z06. With CAFE standards beginning to loom over automakers' collective heads as well, Chevy engineers managed to squeeze an impressive 26 highway mpg out of the powerful V8 through the use of a direct injection and (the yet-to-be seen stateside from GM) cylinder deactivation technology. GM says that the new LT1 is their most advanced combustion engine to date. With over 10 million man hours spent on the project, ranging from CPU combustion system optimization, structure, cooling systems, lubrication and vent systems, it’s said to be one of their most technologically-advanced projects as well.