Rather than reducing engine displacement and power or going to a hybrid system, some automakers are integrating start-stop technology into their vehicles to save fuel. Significant fuel savings can be achieved by turning the engine off when the vehicle stops at a red light or stop sign. Start-stop technology is already widely used in the market and sources indicate that future versions of the new Stingray may get this start-stop technology.
The sources claim the GM often against adding start-stop tech the Stingray for 2014 out of fear that it could affect the cars performance image. However some say GM could be forced to make the feature standard later this decade. Automakers are trying everything to meet looming CAFE regulations.
Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter told Edmunds in the past, “It [start-stop tech] is more mass and more cost. It is very disconcerting to have your lively, great-sounding engine stall every time you come to a stop. The real customer value, the real environmental value is zero. So you are hauling around all that stuff to get a better label value (for mpg on the window sticker). It wasn’t worth it.”