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The Fuel Economy Of The Corvette Has Long Been A Party Trick

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The launch of the 2020 Corvette Stingray is expected to happen next month, and just about every fact, figure and facet about the revolutionary American icon has trickled out at this point. Except for one thing: the fuel economy. Not that it’s a major priority for the C8’s rabid fanbase, but it’s nevertheless another statistic to study.

According to Autoblog, C8 Chief Engineer Ed Piatek claims that the 2020 Corvette Stingray is good for 15 mpg city, 27 mpg highway.Official EPA numbers are expected this week. Not bad for a 495 horsepower/470 lb-ft V8 engine. But that’s been a fun fact about the Corvette (and pushrod V8 engines) for decades now; their fuel economy will surprise you.

When the C7 Corvette Stingray launched in 2013, the EPA rated it at 17 mpg city, 29 mpg highway for 21 mpg combined with the standard seven-speed manual transmission. Power figures started at 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque from the very similar 6.2L LT1 V8. The C8 incorporates the engine codenamed LT2, which is largely the same, except the LT2 was designed and built for mid-engine configurations.


For further comparison, the Porsche 911, which starts with just 379 horsepower, achieves 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. That said, good fuel economy in a sports car is nice and all, but who really buys a Corvette for the MPGs? Kind of like ordering a steak for the carbs, if you ask us.

The launch of the C8 Corvette Stingray is indeed around the corner, but that hasn’t stopped anybody from already looking ahead to the high performance Z06 supercar. Teased by the C8.R, the C8 Z06 is expected to run an all-new DOHC V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft that mirrors the race car, which placed 4th place in its inaugural race at the 24 hours of Daytona this past weekend.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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