General Motors Co. has several major revisions planned for the next generation of the Chevrolet Corvette. GM is hoping to appeal to buyers that are attracted to European sports cars such as Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini.
The Chevrolet’s two-seater will get a high-revving, small-displacement powertrain instead of the big V8 engines that typically power the Corvette. According to TheDetroitBureau.com, GM gave its approval to use a European-style V8 that will have a displacement slightly bigger than three liters.
Instead of the conventional overhead-valve design, the engine for the seventh generation of the Chevrolet Corvette will be an overhead-cam and will feature a dry sump oil system that is appropriate for high-performance road courses instead of straight-line acceleration.
It is likely that the engine will get a narrow 80.5 mm bore and a long stroke, more comparable to a Ferrari or Lamborghini powertrain instead of the traditional Motor City metal approach. A senior GM executive said that the new engine for the next generation of the Chevrolet Corvette will be turbocharged and this will help yield a broad torque curve and maximum performance in various driving conditions.
The engine will deliver more than 400 hp of output, which means that there is a specific output in the range of 125 hp for each liter. With these figures, there is no doubting that the next generation of the Chevrolet Corvette could be competitive against models like Porsche 911 or Lamborghini Gallardo. A source said that this engine will probably be extremely high-revving and could go up to a near-Formula One-class 10,000 RPMs.
General Motors’ North American President Mark Reuss recently said that the C7 Corvette, which is expected to arrive in the market in less than two years, would be “completely different” from its usual range of American sports cars. The philosophy that the Corvette has stuck to since it was launched in 1953 is: “There’s no replacement for displacement.”
The current generation of the Chevrolet Corvette – the C6 Corvette –was introduced for the 2005 model year. It was the first Corvette since the 1962 model to feature exposed headlamps.
Thanks to the positive public reaction to the EX-122 Corvette concept car unveiled to the public at the 1953 General Motors Motorama at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City in January 17 1953, GM hurried the production of the final version. In fact, production of the first generation of the Chevrolet Corvette commenced just six months after the EX-122 Corvette was shown. Production of the first-gen Corvette lasted through 1962.