In a classic case of under-promising and over-delivering, Chevrolet has confirmed that the new 6.2-liter LS1 V8 in the 2014 Corvette Stingray will produce 455 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of peak torque in base form when the first of these new-gen "C7" models hit showrooms in September. Those are the highest output numbers for any standard Corvette engine since the car was introduced in 1953 and exceed the 450/450 preliminary stats Chevy had been citing as estimated minimums since this new Gen 5 Small Block V8 was first revealed last fall. For buyers seeking even more muscle, an optional performance exhaust system will raise those SAE-certified stats to an even more impressive 460 horses and 465 lb-ft of peak twist on both the Coupe and Convertible models.

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"The 2014 Corvette Stingray's LT1 engine is a triumph of advanced technology, delivering more power and torque than ever before with greater efficiency," noted Jordan Lee, Small Block chief engineer. Matching direct fuel injection, a cylinder-deactivating Active Fuel Management system and continuously variable valve timing, this high-tech motivator will send the new Corvette streaking from 0-60 mph in less than 4.0 seconds and still is expected to earn an EPA highway economy rating in excess of 26 mpg.

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Cranking out 74 horses per liter in base form, the new LT1 not only boasts greater power density than the 6.2-liter LS3 V8 in the current C6 Corvette, it even surpasses the racing-derived 7.0-liter LS7 in the hot Z06 model with respect to that critical strength-to-size ratio. Chevy also endowed the new LS1 with exceptional flexibility. Fully 90 percent of its peak torque is on hand between 3,000 and 5,500 rpm, while a formidable 316 lb-ft will be present from just 1,000 revs.

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