Not over for V8

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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.’’

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