While even Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter isn’t a fan of the idea because it’s “more mass and more cost,” the C7 Corvette program may eventually implement start/stop technology, if government mandates push hard enough.
“It is very disconcerting to have your lively, great-sounding engine stall every time you come to a stop. The real customer value, the real environmental value is zero. So you are hauling around all that stuff to get a better label value (for mpg on the window sticker). It wasn’t worth it,” he said in an Edmunds report that came from last week’s 2014 Corvette Stingray launch drive.
Sadly, Juechter continued with saying that “customers will have to put up with changes from what they traditionally expected in order to get better economy.”
Is the C7 the last pure Corvette the world will see that doesn’t feature things like stop/start? We certainly hope not.