Edmunds exclusively learned that the future of the Chevrolet Corvette may involve one of the most annoyingly agonizing inventions the automobile world has ever seen: stop-start technology. The 2014 Corvette Stingray came rather close to receiving the technology, Edmunds heard at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
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But the choice to introduce the technology was rejected because GM felt that it would hurt the Corvette’s high-performance image—‘atta boy General, keep standing ground! Federal fuel economy regulations are cracking down hard and the automakers are obviously feeling the pressure. And stop-start technology has been one of the temporary solutions until alternative propulsion can become more standard.
Even then, the Chevrolet Corvette is rated to return an impressive 26 mpg on the highway, despite a hefty 6.2L V8, and that’s even mated to GM’s latest seven-speed manual. But still, federal CAFE requirements demand automakers to increase their fleet fuel economy by an annual 4% through 2025. But rest assured, Edmunds was told that a Corvette hybrid is far from being a plan.
– By: Chris Chin