First production mid-engine corvette; most horsepower and torque of any entry Corvette
Key propulsion components sourced from WNY GM facilities
General Motors Co. on Tuesday confirmed its Tonawanda engine plant will build the company’s next-generation 6.2L small-block V-8 engine that will power the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Production of the Corvette Stingray begins at GM’s Bowling Green, Kentucky, assembly plant in late 2019.
This news follows the reveal of the 2020 Corvette last week in Tustin, California.
Powered by the Tonawanda-built next-gen 6.2L small block V-8 LT2 engine, the 2020 Stingray will offer customers the most horsepower and torque of any entry Corvette: SAE-certified to 495 hp and SAE-certified to 470-lb.-feet of torque (when equipped with performance exhaust).
Teams at GM’s Lockport Components and Rochester Components facilities produce critical cooling and fuel system parts for the 2020 Corvette, as well.
“The 2020 Stingray is Chevrolet’s first ever production mid-engine Corvette – the fastest, most powerful entry Corvette ever – offering new levels of performance, technology and craftsmanship,” said Mark Reuss, GM president, during a visit to the plant to meet with employees and community leaders. “The Tonawanda team is up to the challenge to build this new LT2 engine at world-class quality levels that Corvette customers have come to expect.”
Tonawanda currently builds a variety of award-winning engines used in a wide range of GM products, including:
•2.0L turbo/2.5L – Chevrolet Camaro, Malibu, Colorado, Equinox, Traverse and Impala; Buick Regal, GMC Canyon, Acadia and Terrain and Cadillac ATS and CTS.
•4.3L V-6, 5.3L V-8; 6.2L V-8– Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Yukon/Yukon Denali, and Cadillac Escalade.
•6.6L HD small block gas V-8 – 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD.
In 2016, GM announced it would invest nearly $300 million in the Tonawanda plant to prepare the facility for future engine production. The 2020 Corvette’s 6.2L V-8 joins the Dynamic Fuel Management-enabled small blocks and the recently announced 6.6L heavy duty engine as results of this investment.
GM has invested more than $23 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations over the past decade, including $1.29 billion in New York.
Tonawanda employs more than 1,500 people. The hourly workforce is represented by UAW Local 774.