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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept - Is a hybrid powertrain in the Corvette's future?

Is GM really considering a hybrid Corvette? Tom Stephens, GM's vice chairman of global product development, says it's a possibility. However, Stephens' comments are based on the new CAFE standards -- 35.5 mpg by 2016 -- and would only happen if the Corvette's livelihood depends on fitting a hybrid drivetrain.

With Porsche, Audi, Mercedes and others showing electrics and other alternatively powered sports cars, and some companies doing nothing but hybrids or electrics (see: Fisker and Tesla), it isn't hard to imagine an electrically boosted fiberglass flyer. The question is whether or not Corvette buyers would even consider a hybrid.

For now GM thinks they have a good enough plan to keep the Corvette electron-free. Until a hybrid is the only option, expect future 'Vettes to be made lighter, and equipped with low rolling resistance tires, direct injection, variable valve timing, and cylinder deactivation to make them more fuel frugal. Even electric power steering can boost mileage by half a gallon. So although a hybrid Corvette hasn't been ruled out, Stephens does say that we shouldn't expect a six-cylinder in the 'Vette's engine bay anytime soon.

[Source: Auomotive News - Sub. Req.]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      My uncle has a big ol' 1992 Ford van with the same big ol' V8 found in the 1992 Mustang. He claims an extra 10 MPG just by switching to full synthetic oil. Does the General ship their cars with full synthetic?
      • 5 Years Ago
      A few people mentioned (even though one of them doesn't count) that the Corvette gets just under 30 mpg. The best current rating I can find is 26. That's almost 27, not 30.
        • 5 Years Ago
        On my LS2 manual, Before I installed the LSX intake manifold, I used to get 27-29 mpg @ 80 mph untuned.



        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, but unfortunately the EPA doesn't care about your mileage or your friend who knows a guy who borrowed his brother's Vette and got 32mpg.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I get a steady 32mpg of of a z06. Thats almost corolla like.

        Aside from the noisy interior, im happy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Many people get over 30 on the highway. EPA "estimates" are just that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yet, even 26 MPG is remarkable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1 A slightly cleaned up tune on most C5 Corvettes will yield a consistent 30-31 mpg.

        Believe it or not, but if you tune a car for its ideal performance and forget about the EPA stuff, you will get better mileage. Most cars are held back in fuel efficiency by EPA standards.
      • 5 Years Ago
      -OHV V8 has survived up till now (sorta like the air cooled 911 flat 6 survived till the 996 model). But cross town 365HP 3.5 Twin Turbo V6 is not making OHV V8 look good while trying to land that C7 job.

      - And now that corporate parent needs to find any loose MPG in the couch cushions just to make ends meet next decade, the Vette might have to start paying its own way.

      -Direct-Injection-Twin-Turbo-DOHC-Variable-Valve-Timing-Start-Stop-Technology is shave-and-haircut knocking at the front door and he see's your TV is on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      30mpg in a Corvette?

      Complete dreamy nonsense, you can only achieve that on a perfectly flat freeway at constant 60mph.

      City driving and stop-and-go (90% of our driving...) will get you 20mpg in a Corvette.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Todd, You don't know much at all about cars if you think that GM should stop making the Corvette. It is a classic and GM knows that. It makes it's money, sure the interior could be a bit better, but it is an amazing value with it's performance now only matched by cars triple its price or more. My 2004 has been the best car I have ever owned.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Considering a GM V8 gets the same or better mileage than a 3.5 TT V6, GM has nothing to worry about. Their competitors cannot make a V6 that is efficient as their V8.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems like a simple equation:

      Low rolling resistance tires + Corvette power = Nice large cloud of smoke + a phone call to TireRack for REAL tires.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A quick search on wikipedia confirmed that. I also learned on there that the code can be entered while pausing the game as well, not necessarily at the beginning. I didn't know that, going to have to try that out on the old-school NES that I still have.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konami_code
        • 5 Years Ago
        For that matter- deactivate half the engine and 1-3-5-6 the shifter.

        Then after purchase...
        input Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-A-B-A-B-Start for the real fun.
        • 5 Years Ago
        JayP what game was that?? I remember that was on a nintendo.. was it mike tyson???
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kind of like your comment?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just thought of something. That 2016 MPG standard is an average. If supposedly the volt gets 230 MPG, wouldn't that make the Vett pretty much safe?

      Lets face it, these companies know how to take advantage of loop holes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You know that the government will rush to plug up such a loophole ASAP...

        But I do too wonder if a car as low-volume as the Corvette is really going to make such a huge dent in the overall fuel efficiency of General Motors- or is my understanding of CAFE wrong?
        • 5 Years Ago
        With the Corvette getting close to 30MPG highway, mileage is something you don't have to worry about.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, a true hybrid system adds weight and complexity, but can't a Vette have the BAS+ system that GM presented some time ago? It scraps the starter and the alternator, adds only a small battery and can be used also with regenerative braking. It can even improve the performance of the Vette, because of the low-end torque of the electric motor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Corvette is the only car I know of that has 430 horsepower and just under 30 MPG. Nothing needs to be changed!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd prefer they make the car a bit smaller and lighter and go with a 4.8L DI V8. Basically the 3.6L V6 at the current compression ratio makes roughly 50 hp per cylinder. Add two more (1.2L total) and you have a V8 making 400 hp getting pretty decent fuel economy.

      I'd really like them to make the car more narrow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That'd probably get worse economy. The DI is nice but the DI v6 is a big DOHC mess. A v8 version would be heavier and conume more space, leading to more frontal area and higher drag. The next gen smallblock is supposed to have DI. I' prefer something like a 5.4 liter DI LSx engine for the base model. That should turn in pretty stellar economy.
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