C7 Corvette to Offer European-style Small Turbocharged V8
According to TheDetroitBureau.com, the General is planning to alter its strategy with the next-generation Corvette to appeal to a wider range of customers. What this basically means is that this might very well be a sort of global product, aimed at pleasing both the German salesman and the Moroccan millionaire.
Just how small will the new new engine be? Well, we aren’t sure whether to believe it or not, but TDB suggest it will be a bit bigger than three liters. The engine will be of an overhead-cam, rather than traditional overhead-valve design, using a dry sump oil system that’s particularly well-suited to high-performance road courses rather than straight-line acceleration. What’s more the engine will be a much different animal than we’ve been used to - it could handle 10,000 RPM and will have narrow 80.5 mm bore and a long stroke, more like a Ferrari or Lamborghini.
With the aid of turbocharging, unnamed GM sources expect that this engine will deliver "in excess of 400 horsepower".
If you’re a fan of big blocks, don’t worry, as the story indicates a full engine range will be available, including the classic larger displacement units that have traditionally found a home in the Corvette.
Rumors are sure to continue, but the new model should arrive within the next two years, and GM has just invested $131 million including the classic larger displacement units that have traditionally found a home in the Corvette.