One American automaker just put big money into building them.
General Motors has been making big moves over the past several months, announcing plant closures and the discontinuation of six models. Couple this announcement with the company's renewed focus on building seven million electric cars by 2030 and plans to morph Cadillac into an all-electric brand and you wouldn't be mistaken for believing there isn't much room for big V8 engines in the future.
However, fans of big, pushrod V8 engines will be delighted to hear that GM has just invested big bucks in developing its 6.2-liter V8.
GM will spend $22 million at its plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, where it builds the 6.2-liter engine found in the Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Sierra, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, and Cadillac Escalade. The plant also builds the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder for Cadillac and Chevy's 2.7-liter engine.
Since 2010, GM has invested $2 billion at the facility, which is also responsible for building the Cadillac XT5, the upcoming three-row XT6, and the GMC/Holden Acadia. 3,800 employees at the plant will be happy to know their jobs should be secure with this investment.
GM's 6.2-liter V8 with Direct Fuel Management made it on Ward's Top 10 Engines list for 2019 thanks to its advanced cylinder deactivation technology. DFM can seamlessly shut down cylinders in the engine with up to 17 different combinations to improve performance and fuel economy. Even though many automakers are focusing on downsized engines and EV powertrains, there may still be a future for the old school V8.