GM Insists The Small Block V-8 Is Here To Stay

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  1. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Loving the Outdoors Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

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    With automakers focused on hitting [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]fuel [COLOR=blue !important]economy[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] standards for 2015 and beyond, it seems like the days of the small-block V-8 are surely numbered. After all, most automakers are downsizing engines and introducing hybrids and electric vehicles at an astounding rate; could it be that the storied small-block-Chevy will soon go the way of the dinosaur?

    Not so, says Mark Damico, GM’s small-block design system engineer. In fact, General Motors has invested some $890 million to produce the next generation of its small block V-8, which should arrive sometime in 2013. Expect to see plenty of fuel-saving technology in the [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]new [COLOR=blue !important]engine[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR], including gasoline direct injection and cylinder deactivation.

    Expect GM to use lightweight aluminum engine blocks for more applications in the future, too. In 2010, GM manufactured 955,200 small-block V-8s, of which only 267,456 used aluminum blocks. The weight savings of aluminum versus cast iron is significant, but aluminum adds cost to producing an engine. GM will likely find a way to reduce production costs on their next-generation aluminum blocks, since the weight savings (and associated fuel economy gains) are critical to meeting future CAFE targets.

    Since the first small block V-8 was built for the Corvette in 1955, GM has built nearly 100 million examples. Power output has ranged from anemic (like the 110-[COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]horsepower[/COLOR][/COLOR], 4.3-liter V-8 used in the 1975-76 Chevy Monza) to stupefying (the 6.2-liter, 638-horsepower V-8 from the Corvette ZR-1). For GM, the small-block V-8 remains an essential component of their pickup truck, full-size SUV and [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]sports [COLOR=blue !important]car[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] lines, so don’t expect that to change any time soon.

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    TELORVEHC Rockstar 4 Years 1000 Posts

    Ah yes, the Small Block Chevy V8, where would America (and the world even) be without it?
  3. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan The Sheriff Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    We all grew up on the small block chevy v8. who didn't?
  4. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    I think the first F/S truck manufacturer to drop V-8's from the option list will lose so badly it'll quickly convince other manufacturers how much of a mistake the decision is.
    In some form or fashion their will always be a V-8 available it's what people want and it's what makes sales.
    Yea nobody likes the fuel mileage they get but when compared to many 4cyl and 6cyl engines they really arent that bad if driven sensibly.

    TELORVEHC Rockstar 4 Years 1000 Posts

    I'm only 21 and yeah, I did grow up on the SBC lol.
  6. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    i talked to one guy who had a super high performance V-6 in his car average mileage was worse then some V-8s ive seen!

  7. 2COR517

    2COR517 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    It will be interesting to see how Ford's Eco-Boost V6 works in the pickups.

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