Not over for V8
THE classic ‘‘small block’’ Chevrolet V8 engine will survive any global crackdown on emissions and fuel economy.
General Motors says its iconic V8 is part of the core DNA of the company and critical to Chevrolet. It’s also still in use— with 21st century tweaking and a Gen IV badge — in the Holden Commodore. ‘‘We’re working on the next generation of small block,’’ says Jamie Hresko, GM’s vice-president of global powertrain engin- eering. He admits GM is changing its engine focus but still sees a place for V8s.
‘‘You will see, clearly, a lot less V8s. You will still have performance vehicles and these kind of things, so I don’t think V8s are going to totally dry up,’’ he says.
‘‘(But) the volumes will continue to shift to four cylinders, the smartest place for engines, and technology.’’ Hresko forecasts a technology boost in V8s.
‘‘I think you will see engines getting smaller, even in the eight-cylinder set.’’