Sometimes just staying even with the status quo can be a real accomplishment.
That might be the best way to look at the recent announcement by Chevrolet that the 2022 Corvette Stingray would undergo changes to the 6.2-liter LT2 V8 engine’s fuel delivery and active fuel management systems as well as slight alterations to the engine calibration.
In a time when enthusiasts expect every change to result in increased power, these changes to the 2022 may seem like a step backward to some people since they don’t affect the standard 490 horsepower (495 with the performance exhaust) of the C8 at all.
Juechter says the changes will help the mid-engine Corvette continue to meet ever-tightening federal emissions standards, but there won’t be any improvements in the overall fuel economy on the Environmental Protection Agency test cycle though exhaust emissions will be slightly lowered.
As the auto industry heads toward an electrified future, there may be growing pressure from some corners to eliminate internal combustion engines. Keeping the Corvette as environmentally friendly as possible, therefore, is always a good thing.
Production on the 2022s is slated to begin in Bowling Green later this summer.
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