343kW Corvette to be unleashed
BEASTLY CORVETTE: General Motors' 2014 Chevrolet Corvette coupe and convertible models has had its engine certified for its beastly power. Image: General Motors
DETROIT, Michigan - The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette coupe due to hit showrooms later in 2013 and by year-end as a convertible has been certified for its power and torque... and powerful it certainly is.
The all-new LT1 6.2 V8 that will power the cars, the Detroit News says, puts out 343kW and 630Nm - up by 18kW and 50Nm over the current LS3 6.2 V8 — when using a performance exhaust system.
The engine is certified at 339kW and 623Nm with a standard exhaust. That’s up by 18kW and 50Nm better than the LS3 engine but, the DetNews reports, both rating at the highest yet for the Corvette even though GM says it is expected to return about 16 litres/100km.
Jordan Lee, General Motor’s small-block engine chief, said: “The 2014 Corvette Stingray’s LT1 engine is a triumph of advanced technology, delivering more power and torque than ever before with greater efficiency.
“The LT1’s performance complements the Corvette’s low mass with a tremendous feeling of power that builds as the rpm climb. Drivers will experience more power and acceleration than ever before with the standard engine — in fact, its power and torque surpass many engines offered by competitors.”
Competitor fuel consumptions:
5.2 V10 - 12.6 litres/100km
3.8 T - 11.7 litres/100km
-Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
6.2 - 13.2 litres/100km