This morning at an event for the media, General Motors announced its next-generation V8 small block engine range that will first debut in the C7 Chevy Corvette. As we reported yesterday, the first mill of the new LT range — the LT1, is 6.2 liters in displacement and makes a preliminary 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque. We expect those numbers to rise.
The LT1 sports an astonishing 11.5:1 compression ratio thanks to direct injection, features active cylinder deactivation, 2 valves per cylinder, and a 6,600 RPM fuel cutoff. It’s expected to achieve more than 26 MPG and weighs in at 465 lbs (211 kg).
Production will take place at GM’s Tonawanda engine plant in New York.
Expect a deep dive into the new mill later today.