Among the small changes applied to the 2022 Corvette Stingray were some small updates for the 6.2L LT2 V8 engine that comes standard in the mid-engine sports car. The updates include revisions to the V8’s fuel delivery and active fuel management systems, along with some minor alterations to the engine calibration.
Despite these updates, the 6.2L LT2 V8 will carry on with the same horsepower and torque ratings as before. We’re sure many Corvette fans are curious why the automaker decided to apply these changes to the LT2 engine if they didn’t result in higher horsepower and torque ratings, so GM Authority executive editor Alex Luft decided to ask Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter for some clarification.
According to Juechter, the new injection and AFM systems are designed to help the C8 Corvette Stingray continue to meet federal emissions standards. Juechter said these updates may not result in any discernable gains in the vehicle’s overall fuel economy on the Environmental Protection Agency test cycle, but they should result in slightly lower exhaust emissions.
Some Corvette fans may find this engine update a bit underwhelming, as it did not bring any performance gains, but they are still very important. With federal emissions regulations getting more strict, it’s important that cars like the Corvette can continue to meet emissions standards without losing any horsepower or torque. Just like for 2021, the 2022 Corvette Stingray is rated at 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional Performance Exhaust system.
In addition to the slightly more eco-friendly engine, the 2022 Corvette also introduces a new C8.R GTLM Championship Edition, which celebrates Corvette Racing’s championship-winning 2020 IMSA season with Corvette C8.R-inspired graphics and other exclusive equipment. Other changes introduced for 2022 include a new Low Profile Rear Spoiler and three new exterior colors.
The 2022 Corvette will enter production at the GM Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky later this summer, with deliveries and sales set to commence shortly after.