Direct Injection And E85 Capability Coming To Corvette, CTS-V

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Engine - 2010 Chevrolet Corvette 2-door Coupe Z06 w/2LZ

Engine - 2010 Chevrolet Corvette 2-door Coupe Z06 w/2LZ

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General Motors’ LS series of V-8 engines currently enjoy the status of being one of the most popular powerplant designs in history, appearing in models all across the globe and available in several different variations.

To ensure the engine's viability in a world of tighter fuel economy and emissions regulations, GM is investing more than $890 million to produce a new generation of fuel efficient truck and car engines and in the process also create or retain more than 1,600 jobs.

The next generation small block engine family will have improved fuel efficiency through direct injection and an all-new advanced combustion system design. The new engine family will rely exclusively on aluminum engine blocks, which are lighter and contribute to the improved fuel efficiency. In addition to being E85 ethanol capable, these engines are being designed with the capability to meet increasingly stringent criteria emissions standards expected throughout this decade.

The current fourth-generation of small block engines can be found in models such as the Chevrolet Corvette, Cadillac CTS-V and the GMC Yukon. Specifics about the new engine capabilities as well as product applications will be shared at a later date. For more details check out John Voelcker’s extensive report over at


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Comments (2)
  1. What I'm appreciating here is that GM is not abandoning the V8, and improving it, on many levels, for today and tomorrow. With a lighter weight with aluminum applications and lesser displacement, and applied technologies such as D.I. and E85 capabilities, I'm thinking, and hoping that this would find a home in the engine-bays of FWD-bias models (requiring AWD a la Ford EcoBoost V6s) as well as RWD trucks, SUVs and performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro; this could include the top-end upcoming Cadillac XTS and next Chevrolet Impala, an upgrade for the Lambda line, and perhaps a Buick LaCrosse "Super" range-topper. Being more compact and lighter, perhaps those applications would be possible.

  2. Well it will be interesting to see a OHV engine with DI

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