The new Stingray continues to wow journalists around the world.
This time it’s what is under the hood of the 2014 Corvette – a totally reengineered LT1 V8 engine – that’s earning the applause.
WardsAuto names Ward’s 10 Best Engines each year, and last month they announced that Chevrolet has two winners – the Stingray’s phenomenal motor and the Cruze’s 2.0L turbo diesel.
Chevy’s two motors were competing against 42 other engines from 15 other automakers, with the 10 Best ultimately earning bragging rights based on power, fuel efficiency, new technology, and refinement.
Who can argue with the job that Chevy has done with the Stingray’s new engine, which provides more power with better fuel economy than any Corvette engine in history? Going 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds thanks to its 460 horsepower, the Stingray still rates out at an amazing 29 mpg on the highway.
“At GM – our goal is to design, build and sell the world’s best powertrains – this recognition from the experts at WardsAuto provides two additional proof points that we are on the right track,” said Steve Kiefer, vice president, Global Powertrain.
Several high-tech features – including direct injection, Active Fuel Management or cylinder deactivation, and continuously variable valve timing – have come together on the LT1 to make it a powerhouse in every way.
Direct injection ensures that the fuel is more completely burned in the air-fuel mixture thanks to precise control of the mixture motion and fuel injection spray pattern.
Millions of hours of computer time have resulted in making the fifth generation of the famous Chevy Small Block the best in its nearly 60-year history.
“The arrival of a completely re-engineered Small Block engine family is truly momentous,” says Tom Murphy, executive editor of WardsAuto World magazine. “The critics can say what they want about the relevance of pushrod engines, but how can more than a hundred million buyers of small-block engines since 1955 be wrong? The new Corvette couldn’t exist without this magnificent V-8.”
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