Fortunately gearheads are now running the show there.
Like any automaker, General Motors must comply with ever increasing emissions standards. That means engine downsizing and turbocharging. If that isn’t already bad enough for those who believe there’s no replacement for displacement, then things like EVs and plug-in hybrids are likely even less appealing. For its part, Ford has swapped out the V8 in its latest F-150 for a twin-turbo V6. GM is doing similar things, but its Senior Vice President of Product, Mark Reuss, told GM Authority something very important at last week’s New York Auto Show:
The Small Block V8 is here to stay and isn’t going anywhere. Not only will it continue to live on in the Corvette, but also in GM trucks. So how is GM able to accomplish this while Ford has taken a somewhat different route? One word: technology. That V8 now features start/stop, active fuel management and direct injection, enabling it to have more than adequate fuel economy. The Corvette Stingray, with the LT1 6.2-liter V8, for example, can do 30 mpg. Combined with lightweight body components, this more high-tech Small Block V8 is here to stay.