Chevrolet has already unveiled the most fuel-efficient Corvette in history, the 2014 Corvette Stingray with direct injection and cylinder deactivation.
But the automaker may have some more tricks up its sleeves to squeeze even more miles out of every tank of gas going through the Stingray.
Tadge Juechter, chief engineer for the Corvette, tells Edmunds that General Motors looked at stop-start technology for the new Stingray but ultimately was afraid it might be bad for the sports car’s image.
In any case, few would say that the new Corvette is a gas guzzler. In fact, Juechter says the car will deliver 17 MPG in the city and 29 on the highway for a combined total of 21 MPG – very impressive numbers for a car that also delivers 0 to 60 times of 3.8 seconds, 455 horsepower, and more torque than the C6. Tadge says he’s even managed 38 MPG with the cruise set at 63 in a Stingray!
Of course, we know that Corvette has a long history of trying to shed as much weight as possible, so we wonder if the start-stop technology got the ax right now because 1) it wasn’t really needed to get great MPG numbers anyway and 2) it would have added more weight to the car because it has to have a bigger battery and starter.
That doesn’t mean Chevy wouldn’t consider the technology during the Stingray’s life cycle, especially if stricter government regulations on gas mileage force the issue.