Chevrolet introduces the LT1 V8 engine - debuts in the 2014 Corvette [videos]

Produces approximately 450 bhp (336 kW)

Chevrolet has introduced their new LT1 V8 engine which will debut in the 2014 Corvette.

Displacing 6.2-liters, the fifth-generation small block features direct injection, continuously variable valve timing and an 11.5:1 compression ratio. There's also a "Runners in a Box" intake manifold, a variable-displacement oil pump and a specially designed exhaust system.

The company estimates the engine will produce approximately 450 bhp (336 kW) and 450 lb-ft (609 Nm) of torque. This should enable the Corvette to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds.

Despite being more powerful than the LS3 V8, the LT1 will be more fuel-efficient thanks to cylinder deactivation technology. Under low loads, the engine deactivates four-cylinders to enable the Corvette to return an estimated 26+ mpg highway (US).

Check out the press release for additional information

Source: GM

All-New 2014 Corvette LT1 V-8 a Technological Powerhouse

  • Advanced technologies including direct injection, active fuel management, continuously variable valve timing support advanced combustion system
  • Preliminary output of 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm)
  • Helps deliver estimated 0-60 performance in less than four seconds and best-ever fuel economy in the Corvette
DETROIT - When the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette arrives late next year, it will be powered by a technologically advanced, racing-proven 6.2L V-8 delivering an estimated 450 horsepower and helping produce 0-60 times in less than four seconds.
The new Corvette LT1 engine, the first of the Gen 5 family of Small Block engines, combines several advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing to support an advanced combustion system.

"Our objective for the development of the all-new LT1 was to raise the bar for performance car engines," said Mary Barra, senior vice president, global product development. "We feel that we have achieved that by delivering a true technological masterpiece that seamlessly integrates a suite of advanced technologies that can only be found on a handful of engines in the world.

"What makes this engine truly special is the advanced combustion system that extracts the full potential of these technologies. The art and science behind that combustion system make the Corvette LT1 one of the most advanced V-8 engines in the world," said Barra.

Output, performance, and fuel economy numbers will not be finalized until early next year, but the new LT1 engine is expected to deliver:

The most powerful standard Corvette ever, with preliminary output of 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm)
The quickest standard Corvette ever, with estimated 0-60 performance of less than four seconds
The most fuel-efficient Corvette ever, exceeding the 2013 EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon on the highway.
"The Holy Grail for developing a performance car is delivering greater performance and more power with greater fuel economy and that's what we've achieved," said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. "By leveraging technology, we are able to get more out of every drop of gasoline and because of that we expect the new Corvette will be the most fuel-efficient 450 horsepower car on the market."

Advanced combustion system optimized with 6 million hours of analysis

"The Corvette LT1 represents the most significant redesign in the Small Block's nearly 60-year history - building on its legacy to make one of the world's best engines even better," said Sam Winegarden, vice president, Global Powertrain Engineering. "More than just great horsepower, the LT1 has been optimized to produce a broader power band. Below 4,000 rpm, the torque of the Corvette LT1 is comparable to that of the legendary, 7.0L LS7 out of the current Corvette Z06. The LT1 is a sweetheart of a power plant and drivers will feel its tremendous torque and power at every notch on the tachometer."

Increased power and efficiency were made possible by an unprecedented level of analysis, including computational fluid dynamics, to optimize the combustion system, the direct injection fuel system, active fuel management and variable valve timing systems that support it. More than 10 million hours of computational analysis were conducted on the engine program, including 6 million hours (CPU time) dedicated to the advanced combustion system.

Direct injection is all-new to the engine architecture and is a primary contributor to its greater combustion efficiency by ensuring a more complete burn of the fuel in the air-fuel mixture. This is achieved by precisely controlling the mixture motion and fuel injection spray pattern. Direct injection also keeps the combustion chamber cooler, which allows for a higher compression ratio. Emissions are also reduced, particularly cold-start hydrocarbon emissions, which are cut by about 25 percent.

Active Fuel Management (AFM) - a first-ever application on Corvette - helps save fuel by imperceptibly shutting down half of the engine's cylinders in light-load driving.

Continuously variable valve timing, which GM pioneered for overhead-valve engines, is refined to support the LT1 AFM and direct injection systems to further optimize performance, efficiency and emissions.

These technologies support the all-new, advanced combustion system, which incorporates a new cylinder-head design and a new, sculpted piston design that is an integral contributor to the high-compression, mixture motion parameters enabled by direct injection.

The LT1 head features smaller combustion chambers designed to complement the volume of the unique topography of the pistons' heads. The smaller chamber size and sculpted pistons produce an 11.5:1 compression ratio, while the head features large, straight and rectangular intake ports with a slight twist to enhance mixture motion. This is complemented by a reversal of the intake and exhaust valve positions, as compared to the previous engine design. Also, the spark plug angle and depth have been revised to protrude farther into the chamber, placing the electrode closer to the center of the combustion to support optimal combustion.

The pistons feature unique sculpted topography that was optimized via extensive analysis to precisely direct the fuel spray for a more complete combustion. The contours of the piston heads are machined to ensure dimensional accuracy - essential for precise control of mixture motion and the compression ratio.

Race-proven legacy, state-of-the-art performance

The first Small Block V-8 debuted in the Corvette in 1955. It displaced 4.3L (265 cubic inches) and was rated at 195 horsepower, drawing air and fuel through a four-barrel carburetor. Five years later, V-8 power helped Corvette secure its first victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In 2012, the Small Block-powered Corvette Racing C6.R beat Ferrari, BMW and Porsche to sweep the drivers', team, and manufacturer championships in production-based American Le Mans Series GT class. These championships make Corvette Racing the most successful team in ALMS history, with a total of 77 class wins, eight drivers' championships, and nine manufacturer and team championships since 2001.

"The engine requirements for a production car and a race car are remarkably similar," said Jordan Lee, Small Block chief engineer and program manager. "In both cases, you want an engine that is powerful and efficient, compact and lightweight, and durable. That combination is what made the original Small Block so successful. Today, the introduction of state-of-the-art technologies and engineering makes one of the best performance car engines in the world even better."

As an example, the new LT1 engine is 40 pounds lighter than a competitor's twin-turbo 4.4L, DOHC V-8 with similar output. That weight savings not only improves the Corvette's power-to-weight ratio, but also contributes to a near-perfect 50/50 weight balance for enhanced steering response and handling.

The new LT1 is also four inches shorter in overall height than the competitive DOHC V-8. That also improves handling by lowering the center of gravity while enabling a low hood line - contributing to the Corvette's iconic profile, as well as ensuring exceptional driver visibility.

The new LT1 is the third engine in the Corvette's history to be so-named, with previous versions introduced in 1970 (Gen 1) and 1992 (Gen 2). All iterations of the LT1 - and all Small Block engines - have shared a compact design philosophy that fosters greater packaging flexibility in sleek vehicles such as the Corvette.

"The power and efficiency of the Small Block V-8 are hallmarks of Corvette performance," said Lee. "But, the compact size and great power-to-weight are just as important for the overall driving experience. The all-new LT1 will play a huge role in making the all-new Corvette a world-class sports car, in terms of technology, performance, and refinement."

Engine features and highlights

All-aluminum block and oil pan: The Gen 5 block was developed with math-based tools and data acquired in GM's racing programs, providing a light, rigid foundation for an impressively smooth engine. Its deep-skirt design helps maximize strength and minimize vibration. As with the Gen 3 and Gen 4 Small Blocks, the bulkheads accommodate six-bolt, cross-bolted main-bearing caps that limit crank flex and stiffen the engine's structure. A structural aluminum oil pan further stiffens the powertrain.

The block features nodular iron main bearing caps, which represent a significant upgrade over more conventional powdered metal bearing caps. They are stronger and can better absorb vibrations and other harmonics to help produce smoother, quieter performance.

Compared to the Gen 4 engine, the Gen 5's cylinder block casting is all-new, but based on the same basic architecture. It was refined and modified to accommodate the mounting of the engine-driven direct injection high-pressure fuel pump. It also incorporates new engine mount attachments, new knock sensor locations, improved sealing and oil-spray piston cooling.

Advanced oiling system, with available dry-sump system: The LT1 oiling system - including oil-spray piston cooling - was also optimized for improved performance. It is driven by a new, variable-displacement oil pump that enables more efficient oil delivery, per the engine's operating conditions. Its dual-pressure control enables operation at a very efficient oil pressure at lower rpm coordinated with AFM and delivers higher pressure at higher engine speeds to provide a more robust lube system for aggressive engine operation.

Standard oil-spray piston cooling sprays the underside of each piston and the surrounding cylinder wall with an extra layer of cooling oil, via small jets located at the bottom of the cylinders. For optimal efficiency, the oil jets are used only when they are needed the most: at start-up, giving the cylinders extra lubrication that reduces noise, and at higher engine speeds, when the engine load demands, for extra cooling and greater durability.

An available dry-sump oiling system promotes exceptional lubrication system performance during aggressive driving maneuvers and high cornering loads. It includes two stages: a pressure stage and a scavenge stage. The pressure stage includes the new, dual-pressure-control and variable-displacement vane pump.

Dexos semi-synthetic motor oil, with a 5W30 specification, helps reduce friction to further enhance the LT1's efficiency.

New, tri-lobe camshaft: Compared to the Gen 4 Small Block, the camshaft remains in the same position relative to the crankshaft and is used with a new rear cam bearing, but it features an all-new "tri-lobe" designed lobe which exclusively drives the engine-mounted direct injection high-pressure fuel pump, which powers the direct-injection combustion system. The cam's specifications include 14mm/13.3mm (0.551/0.524-inch) intake/exhaust lift, 200/207-crank angle degrees intake/exhaust duration at 0.050-inch tappet lift and a 116.5-degree cam angle lobe separation.

New, cam-driven fuel pump: The direct injection system features a very-high-pressure fuel pump, which delivers up to 15Mpa (150 bar). The high-pressure, engine-driven fuel pump is fed by a conventional fuel-tank-mounted pump. The direct injection pump is mounted in the "valley" between cylinder heads - beneath the intake manifold - and is driven by the camshaft at the rear of the engine. This location ensures any noise generated by the pump is muffled by the intake manifold and other insulation in the valley.

PCV-integrated rocker covers: One of the most distinctive features of the new engine is its domed rocker covers, which house the, patent-pending, integrated positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system that enhances oil economy and oil life, while reducing oil consumption and contributing to low emissions. The rocker covers also hold the direct-mount ignition coils for the coil-near-plug ignition system. Between the individual coil packs, the domed sections of the covers contain baffles that separate oil and air from the crankcase gases - about three times the oil/air separation capability of previous engines.

Intake manifold and throttle body assembly: The LT1's intake manifold features a "runners in a box" design, wherein individual runners inside the manifold feed a plenum box that allows for excellent, high-efficiency airflow packaged beneath the car's low hood line.

Acoustic foam is sandwiched between the outside top of the intake manifold and an additional acoustic shell to reduce radiated engine noise, as well as fuel pump noise.

The manifold is paired with an electronically controlled throttle, featuring an 87mm bore diameter and a "contactless" throttle position sensor design that is more durable and enables greater control.

Four-into-one exhaust manifolds: The LT-1 uses a cast version of the "four-into-one" short-header exhaust manifold design used on the Gen 4 LS7 engine. The cast header passages enable consistent exhaust flow into the "wide mouth" collector at the converter.

Cooling system, humidity sensor and more: Additional features and technologies of the Gen 5 Small Block include:

A revised cooling system with an offset water pump and thermostat for more efficient performance
Air induction humidity sensor ensures optimal combustion efficiency, regardless of the surrounding air's humidity
58X ignition system with individual ignition coil modules and iridium-tip spark plugs
All-new "E92" engine controller.
General Motors' investment in the Gen 5 Small Block will create or retain more than 1,600 jobs in five North American plants, including Tonawanda, New York, which recently received upgrades to support its production.


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GlaireProgfan GlaireProgfan
I hope GM gives the same treatment (DI, VVT, etc) to the 7.0L for C7-Z06. That should yield 550+HP and 500+ ft-lbs.
Oct 25th, 2012 6:15pm
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Automophile6683 Automophile6683
power and fuel economy? i think alot of the people posting on thius subjuct are focusing on the wrong thing, displacement. I'dgive the engineers a pat on the back. Sure, with an overhead cam( or two), 4 valves per cylinder, flex fuel capability, forced induction, direct injection, variable valve timing and displacement, dry sump lubrication and a lower displacement they could get more power and better fuel economy. but this is chevy and the NEXT corvette. give them time to get there.i think this is at least a step in the right direction.
Oct 25th, 2012 8:57am
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eddie eddie
Chevy is still pulling parts from its 1970 parts bin and playing catch up that it is why it went thru bankruptcy. They had a chance to be a leader again but are another follower now. Earlier they were trying to work deal with BMW for engines and have been discussing transmission tech with the Japanese. They still have alot of work ahead of them. Good Luck
Oct 25th, 2012 8:08am
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bucky bucky
a lot of people dont understand the point of this engine. its not that chevy couldnt make a 4.0L 450 hp, they dont have to because 1) this engine is made to be very easy to work on. simple enough for owner to be able to fix it 2)its going to be used in many cars, and some will have probably up to 700hp. 3) i guarantee you this 6.2 liter chevy engine will outlast every other v8 from other manufacture. thats the pont of this. so you can beat it, build it, destroy it. and then u can rebuild it for very cheap and do it again. thats why you see this engine in so many cars and private car companies, many with with over 1000hp. how many engines can you tune that much and still be reliable and a daily driver?
Oct 25th, 2012 1:31am
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tsaphoto tsaphoto
Oh....your....god.....TWO VALVES per cylinder? The boys at NASA must feel so humiliated right now... What crazy antics will those daring engineers at GM try next??? Could it be that freaky "overhead camshaft" thingy I read about in a science fiction novel????
Oct 25th, 2012 12:39am
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Bozzor Bozzor
Just be careful when deciding if an engine is 'efficient' or not. Many take kW/hp and torque as the base measurement of the good stuff then say that if displacement is too big for the power output, then the engine is inefficient. But then there are issues like engine mass, its fuel consumption over a wide rev range, the true overall size of the engine etc etc: by those measures, this engine may actually be very efficient.
Oct 25th, 2012 12:26am
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Shark Shark
Actually dimensionally and weight wise it is smaller and lighter than the BMW 4.4 litre turbo engine that puts out 400 horse http://wot.motortrend.com/next-gen-lt1-62-liter-v8-for-2014-corvette-revealed-with-450-hp-new-tech-280365.html
Oct 24th, 2012 11:34pm
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pmontero pmontero
I read the same article a couple hours ago... indeed very interesting to know this new LS1 is more compact and lighter than the BMW, guess it will also be less expesive to build and service. And for those who loke to criticize (or bash) without reading, this engine incorporates direct injection and variable valve timing, along with some serious metallurgy and materials tech. So it´s not like it is put together with leftovers from the parts bin...
Oct 25th, 2012 9:44am
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techie69 techie69
Not a Hyundai fan but it offers more with less displacement like the upcoming Tau 5.5 Gdi engine! Yup GM is always playing catch up, while everybody is downsizing even Ford, GM is still building big: must definitely be living in a bubble!
Oct 24th, 2012 10:38pm
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ucplayer ucplayer
USA don't give a sh*t about that! Cheap gas...
Oct 24th, 2012 10:52pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
Well compared to Europe it is. It can actually be a lot cheaper if the government can implement the use of burning clean coal(Saudi of Coal) and drilling more in states.
Oct 25th, 2012 2:23am
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autoficianado autoficianado
The Americans already jumped all over me but I will say it again...this new engine is too big and should have been a forced induction (turbo or super-charged) V8 somewhere between 4.0-5.5 litres. Power numbers would be the same and fuel efficiency would be better.
Oct 24th, 2012 9:53pm
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Porsche3054 Porsche3054
So you think that it should be forced induction just to get better fuel efficiency? Chevy knows that Americans will not buy this car if it is not a NA V-8. Heritage is very important for the Corvette much like the 911. The low grumble of a V-8 is a must for this type of car which a turbo will kill. Superchargers will be used on later, higher end models.
Oct 24th, 2012 11:44pm
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Ceramic Rabbit Ceramic Rabbit
Agree completely @Porsche3054 maybe in later generations they will need to downsize the engine, but as of right now there is so much they can do to increase fuel efficiency to a reasonable point even with the big engine... as was highlighted in the video.
Oct 25th, 2012 12:08am
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benz_man benz_man
LOL, everyone has missed how Chevy has found some miraculous way to make the same power numbers as BMWs STUPENDOUSLY complex and expensive turbo V8, and although numbers arent out yet, match (if not exceed) its fuel economy (17mpg combined isnt exactly hard to beat)...with pushrods! If anything, I think that makes BMWs engine look weak. It needed all of that fancy tech to do what a smallblock (an admittedly advanced one) does in a smaller, lighter, cheaper, easier to own package. I consider this a win.
Oct 25th, 2012 6:38pm
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nederinaa nederinaa
Corvette C7 6200 cc V8 naturally aspirated 450 bhp (336 kW) and 609 Nm of torque Mercedes SLS-AMG, C63 AMG 6208 cc V8 naturally aspirated 571 PS (420 kW; 563 hp) at 6800 rpm Torque: 650 N·m (480 lb·ft) at 4750 rpm Power per litre: 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) Ferrari F12 berlinetta 6,262 cc, V12 naturally aspirated engine 740 PS (544 kW; 730 hp) at 8500 rpm and 690 Nm Lamborghini Murcielago 6.2 before the LP640 6.2 L V12 naturally aspirated 580 PS (427 kW; 572 hp), 649 N·m (479 lb·ft) Porsche Panamera GTS 4.8 litre V8, naturally aspirated 430 bhp (321 kW; 436 PS) @ 6,700 520 N·m (384 lbf·ft) @ 3,500–5,000 B8 AUDI RS4 AVANT (2012 - PRESENT) 4163 cc V8, naturally aspirated POWER 450 hp Torque 430 Nm Ok lastly.. not embarrassing enough? 2003 Rolls-Royce Phantom??????? 6.75 litre, 48-valve, V12 engine, naturally aspirated 453 bhp 720 N·m (530 lb·ft) of torque
Oct 24th, 2012 9:50pm
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edd_lg edd_lg
Mazda RX-8: 1.3l , 238 HP. Different types of engines: Diesel, Wankel, DOHC, OHV, all have advantages and disadvantages.
Oct 25th, 2012 8:25am
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nahidrahman nahidrahman
and still 2 valves per cylinder.
Oct 25th, 2012 12:46pm
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EvanBarsy EvanBarsy
This is the engine coming in a base model C7 corvette, costing 50k look at the price point of every car you just compared it to, all of them Well over that, some more then 6 times that. Do you really expect the same technology?
Oct 26th, 2012 1:56am
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be a nice swap into anything
Oct 24th, 2012 9:49pm
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