Corvette Stingray is fitted with a 6.2 liter LT 1 V8 engine while its 455 hp is a good 6% higher than that seen on previous models. The engine is mated to a seven speed manual transmission with economical levels of fuel efficiency both in Tour mode and in Eco mode. The latter with Active Fuel Management disables 4 of the cylinders for improved fuel economy during light engine loads.
6-speed automatic Corvette Stingrays see Active Fuel Management applicable on all drive modes until a manual-shift mode using the steering-wheel paddles is preferred. Fuel economy for these variants are yet to beg announced. Sports cars with over 455 hp have significantly lower fuel economy as is seen in the Jaguar F Type which offers 495 hp while fuel efficiency is at 23 mpg on the highway. The same is true where the Audi R8 V10 is concerned. This vehicle offers 510 hp while fuel economy is at 19 mph on the highway. Porsche 911 Carrera S delivers 400 horsepower, and 27 mpg highway. Those sports models which offer higher fuel economy conversely offer lower horsepower as is seen in the Porsche Cayman which offers 30 mph on the highway but only 275 horsepower and the BMW Z4 sDrive 28 which offers 34 mpg but horsepower is restricted to 241hp.
Tadge Juechter, executive chief engineer for the Corvette said, “The Corvette Stingray establishes the benchmark for modern performance cars by using technologies to deliver more performance and more miles per gallon.” He added, “We expect more and more performance cars will follow Corvette’s example.”