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RSS Report: C7 Corvette Stingray could get start-stop tech to save fuel

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Chevrolet chose not to include fuel-saving stop-start technology in the 2014 Corvette Stingray package, but future Corvettes may get it as government-mandated fuel economy requirements are raised. To explain why the launch-year model doesn't have the technology, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter simply says, "It is more mass and more cost," Edmunds reports. As sports car enthusiasts, we like the sound of that.

Juechter has them at heart as he relates why stop-start systems aren't valued by Corvette customers: the "real environmental value is zero," he says, and it is perplexing why the "great-sounding engine" should be shut off at every stop. He's got a point, but the reality is that engines use fuel and create smog at idle. "Customers will have to put up with changes from what they traditionally expected in order to get better fuel economy," Juechter says.

Despite eschewing stop-start, the new Corvette's fuel economy reportedly increased by almost 12 percent over the 2013 model. A Stingray equipped with the seven-speed manual transmission is rated at 17 miles per gallon city and 29 highway, which are very good numbers for a sports car with a 6.2-liter V8 and 455 horsepower.

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Oh geez, hate stop-start technology. Hope you can tune it out in the future if it does come with it.


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Ive always wondered, doesnt a stop-stop create more wear on the engine? Especially the starter?

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Oh geez, hate stop-start technology. Hope you can tune it out in the future if it does come with it.

I know! I hope some tuner knows how to do it, because no one is going to buy it with that crap in it. Though, I'm sure it's not GMs fault, I'm sure it's the stupid people higher then them saying; "it needs to be more 'eco-friendly.'"

Ive always wondered, doesnt a stop-stop create more wear on the engine? Especially the starter?

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I always thought this too. That's why we are replacing our trucks at my work every 20,000 miles... lol They start them, drive them 5 miles then shut them off.

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