GM may be pushing hard for electrification, but it’s not done with internal combustion just yet. Last week, the company announced an investment of nearly 4 billion reais in its various factories to build the sixth generation of small-block V-8s. This is the first confirmation that GM is working on a new unit, although the company has yet to release any technical details about the engine.
Distribution of GM investments:
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Of the $4 billion, $2 billion will go to GM’s Flint engine plant, which will make the blocks, cranks and heads and assemble the complete unit; R$ 1 billion will go to a factory in Bay City, Michigan, which will build camshafts and connecting rods, blocks and engine heads; R$ 225 million will be allocated to the Defiance plant, in Ohio, which will produce cast blocks; and, finally, R$ 70 million will go to the Rochester, NY plant, which will build multiple intake lines and fuel rails.
The Chevrolet small-block V-8 dates back to 1954, and the current fifth generation debuted in 2013. Along with the Stellantis’ Hemi truck engine and Ford’s Godzilla engine, the small-block is the only remaining valve V-8 for sale. new cars today. (All three manufacturers also offer pushrod V-8 engines.) Today, you can find small blocks in GM’s lineup of full-size trucks and SUVs, including the Camaro, Corvette, and Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.
Models that will have the New V-8:
In its press release announcing the investment, GM made specific reference only to full-size trucks and SUVs. We already know that the CT5-V Blackwing is unique, with Cadillac’s brand targeting all-electric sales, and the current Camaro is likely the last of its kind. We think the limited restriction will continue in some capacity for the Corvette as long as Chevy is allowed to sell it. The new E-Ray hybrid looks good for the Corvette’s future – old-school V-8s with electric power.
We probably won’t see the Gen-VI minibus for at least a few years. We also can’t help but wonder if this will be the last of its kind.