With the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray arriving in dealerships very soon, The company has decided to officially end all speculation regarding the car’s official horsepower and torque numbers by revealing that the new Vette’s 6.2 liter LT1 V8 engine will now wield a potent 460 horsepower and an equally stout 465 lb-ft of torque when it arrives on dealer lots this fall.
The company claims that this figure is the highest that has ever been offered on a Corvette base engine – and it is made possible thanks to several performance upgrades as well as a special performance-oriented exhaust system. Buyers that choose to not equip the uprated hardware will see performance figures for the V8 fall slightly to a still-generous 455 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. When compared side by side with the power plants offered in the previous generation Corvette, the new engine’s 74 horsepower per liter rating surpasses not only the old models base 6.2-liter LS3 engine, but it even manages to top the mighty 7.0 liter LS7 supercharged V8 that powered the last generation Z06 – an impressive engineering feat in its own right. As a neat bonus the LT1’s torque rating is only 5 lb-ft short of matching the amount of twist offered by the fore-mentioned LS7.
“The LT1’s performance complements the Corvette’s low mass with a tremendous feeling of power that builds as the rpm climbs. Drivers will experience more power and acceleration than ever before with the standard engine – in fact, its power and torque surpass many uplevel engines offered by competitors.” stated Jordan Lee Chief Small Block Engineer. Lee also further elaborated on the engines potential stating “The 2014 Corvette Stingray’s LT1 engine is a triumph of advanced technology, delivering more power and torque than ever before with greater efficiency,”
While Chevrolet did not release the Stingrays official performance figures, the company did reveal that the 2014 Stingray is capable of making the sprint to 60 mph in less than four seconds which is on par with many competitors in the super car segment. In addition to this quick 0 to 60 time, the company also claims that it expects manual versions of the new Vette to achieve over 26 mpg on the freeway which is thanks in part to the transmission’s 7-speed layout as well as direct fuel injection technology for the engine.