Current 2013 Corvette Engine

“There’s no replacement for displacement,” is a common mantra of muscle car fanatics, and despite earlier reports that the redesigned Chevrolet Corvette might have a smaller engine, the automotive press is reporting that the 2014 Corvette’s new LT1 engine will stay the same size.

Jalopnik writes that the all-new 6.2-liter V8 will have “at least 450 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque,” which is 20 more horsepower than the current 2012 Corvette. Despite the power boost, Jalopnik says that the redesigned Corvette will likely achieve more than 26 mpg on the highway.

Although official fuel economy estimates are pending, the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette will use technologies such as direct fuel injection and cylinder deactivation. The Detroit News says that these systems help the Corvette “achieve greater fuel efficiency and will give owners more miles out of a gallon of gas.”

The 2013 Corvette currently gets 16/26 mpg city/highway with a manual transmission, and while it has a power advantage over the bulk of luxury sports cars, many rivals use less fuel. The EPA reports that when equipped with a manual transmission, the BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster earn 22/34 and 20/30 mpg city/highway, respectively. The Audi TT is also more fuel efficient, earning 22/31 mpg city/highway. The base Z4 and TT both use 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines, while the Boxster has a 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine.

In comparison with its current crop of competitors, the 2014 Corvette promises better straight-line performance. Autoblog reports that Chevrolet estimates a 0 to 60 mph time of less than four seconds. The 2012 Corvette makes the same sprint in 4.2 seconds, while the 2013 Porsche Boxster takes 5.5 seconds.

High-performance cars like the 2013 Shelby GT500 are still quicker, however. In a recent test, Motor Trend noted that the GT500 went from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.

Pricing and full specifications have yet to be announced on the 2014 Corvette, which will make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show on January 13, 2013.

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