According to Motor Trend, America’s favorite plastic sports car will be getting a bit of an update. Unnamed sources inside General Motors say that the new Corvette will be getting a brand-new engine.

Thankfully, the new motor isn’t a V6, so don’t worry Corvette fans, GM hasn’t sold out quite yet. The trademark V8 will still reside under the Kentucky born sports car’s hood, but it won’t be the normal 6.2 or 7.0-liter.

The new motor will be the first application of GM’s next-gen small block family and we would expect it to have direct-injection, E85 capability, and a few other tweaks.

All of these new updates should help the Vette become more powerful and more fuel efficient, not to mention a bit cleaner. Motor Trend is reporting that the new motor will be 5.5-liters and will put out 440 horsepower. Though the engine will be a bit smaller, it will have 10 more horsepower than the current car.

We can hardly wait to see the new Corvette, but don’t expect to see anything on the C7 until 2012 at the earliest.


Source: Motor Trend

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  (399) posted on 08.16.2011

I think the styling of the car seems simple. Too disappointing that the power output of the car only boost up to 10 hp! And I don’t like its being gas guzzler.

  (317) posted on 08.16.2011

Well, I have to say that I’m impressed with the awesome speed performance of the car just like any production vehicle of Corvette! And too bad that the car comes in gas guzzler.

  (831) posted on 10.15.2010

Absolutely. It’s a bit of a stretch, but I’d really be into a high-revving, DI, low-displacement V8. I’m sure there would be shrieks of horror from some Corvette fans, though.

  (340) posted on 10.12.2010

If they want to use a V6tt, they should only put it in the standard Vette. It has no business riding under the hood of the Z06, and certainly not in the ZR1.

  (745) posted on 09.8.2010

So what’s new? They’ve been overhauling it over and over again.

  (134) posted on 08.1.2010

I think a smaller V8 with a small electrical engine could be a potent mixture, giving the vette great quarter speeds with the electrical assist.

  (555) posted on 07.6.2010

I love the Chevy small block it is honestly probably one of the best engines in industry, its simple, very light weight, makes massive power and torque.

  (648) posted on 07.5.2010

Should be interesting to see what they do with the ohv design to get the power and efficiency they want out of it. Bring It GM!

  (859) posted on 07.4.2010

Can’t wait to hear more details! I am glad they are downsizing the engine a little bit, but I hope they can keep the crazy amount of torque that atvman spoke of. Hopfully it can get over 30 MPG to, which shouldn’t be to hard, just keep the weight down.

  (765) posted on 06.30.2010

Let’s just hope it’s smaller, lighter and has a halfway decent interior. I’ve always loved Corvettes but I’d never own one — just too cartoonish and cheap feeling. If they can reel in the styling and build some quality into it, I might just be there...

  (2) posted on 06.30.2010

lol America’s favorite plastic sports car

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