There’s hardly a bad thing that can be said about the 2015 Corvette’s mechanical prowess. In the case of WardsAuto, the organization can only say good things − so much so that it has bestowed the Corvette with the Ward’s 10 Best Engines award for 2015.
This is the second time the powerplant has won this award.
“This recognition is another step in earning customers for life,” said the vice president of GM Global Powertrain, Dan Nicholson. “Having the WardsAuto experts choose the LT1 as one of the best in the industry two years in a row is proof of what this Powertrain team can deliver – uncompromised performance, durability and efficiency that helps make the Stingray one of the best sports cars in the world today.”
WardsAuto reviewed “37 engines and propulsion systems” from 12 manufacturers for the 2015 competition. Focusing on power, fuel efficiency, new technology, and refinement, the LT1 stood out when compared with data for competing engines.
“The 6.2L LT1 V-8 is the heart and soul of the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette, and it proudly upholds the 60-year legacy of small-block engines from General Motors,” said the executive editor of WardsAuto World digital magazine, Tom Murphy. “This one’s been re-engineered from head to torque converter, and the LT1 is the crown jewel of this massive engine family.”
The LT1 Small-Block’s technologies make the C7 Corvette the quickest, most powerful, and most fuel-efficient standard Corvette ever. The engine delivers up to 460 stock horsepower and is transferred through either a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic, helping the 2015 Corvette achieve the 0-60 sprint in 3.8 seconds and the quarter mile in 12 seconds while offering 29 mpg highway.
Added Murphy, “In the Corvette, this 460-horse V8 barks with authority, delivering an exhaust note reminiscent of Detroit’s finest muscle cars. And it’s efficient, too. WardsAuto editors flogging the ‘Vette for more than 300 miles managed better than 20 mpg with the new 8-speed automatic.“