There are three sure things in life: death, taxes and high-displacement Corvette engines.
Looks like in the coming two to three years we can cross at least one of those off the list, as General Motors just might introduce a small, turbocharged V8 in its classic super muscle car.
I, for one, happen to think this is terrific news, as it gives the ‘Vette some European sophistication it’s been missing since, well, forever.
Others, however, may disagree.
The Detroit Bureau reports that the C7 Corvette’s European-style V8 could measure just over 3.0 liters and use an overhead-cam setup with a dry sump oil system. With help of a turbocharger, GM sources seem to expect that this engine will produce somewhere north of 400 horsepower.
Even better, the smaller V8 could be a high-revving beast, capable of handling up to 10,000 RPM.
GM’s North American president, Mark Reuss, previously said the C7 will “target a very different sort of buyer,” which I certainly take as a hint that Reuss means the GM will target a buyer with at least some level of sophistication and might even go after the likes of the Lamborghini Gallardo. Of course, that would also mean a substantial interior improvement, which we understand is also slated for the C7.
All this said, we can’t know if any of it is true, because rumors of the C7 ‘Vette have reached near-mythical status. Everything from a midengine layout to rumors of the return of the split window have surfaced in recent months.
If there’s one thing we can be sure of, it’s that traditional V8 enthusiasts don’t have much to worry about, as the story says that a full range of engines will be available, including the brute-force large-displacement units that have always found a home in the oh-so-American Corvette.
Would a smaller displacement turbo V8 finally put the Corvette on your list of dream supercars?