The gaz-guzzling Chevrolet Corvette was considered an ‘endangered species’ when the tough fuel-economy rules came in, but the redesigned car, due out in 2012, could be lighter and smaller than today’s models. For example, the V8 that powers the Corvette of the future may be smaller than the one used today.
“I don’t think we’re going to design a 700-hp Corvette,” Tom Wallace, vehicle line executive for the Corvette, said here at the auto show. “What’s going to be more important is fuel economy, carbon footprint and green. We have already paid a lot of attention to those areas. Where we can pay more attention is pounds per horsepower.”
Currently, two engine choices are offered in the 2008 model year including a 6.3 liter V8 that produces 430hp and a 7.0 liter V8 that produces 505hp. The 2009 Corvette ZR1 is powered by a 6.2 liter V8 that produces 620hp.
Wallace says that the next-generation Corvette will drop 300 to 400 pounds and will have a 4.7 liter V8 that produces 150hp less than the 2008 models.
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