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I hope this is not a repost. I could not find it on here.

Aug. 29, 2007
MILFORD, MI – Although General Motors Corp. is dividing its resources to cover all fronts of advanced powertrain development, the future of the auto maker’s foundation OHV small-block V-8 architecture appears secure with the advent of direct-injection gasoline (DIG) technology.

Among the various exhibits of engineering bravado on display at the auto maker’s proving grounds here, including two-mode hybrid-electric drivetrains, ultra-clean turbodiesels and homogeneous charge compression ignition flex-fuel engines, a seemingly untouched Cadillac Escalade stands out.

Emblazoned with giant E85 banners down its flanks, there is little to indicate the industry’s first OHV V-8 with DIG fueling lurks beneath the SUV’s pearl white hood.

The experimental engine is based on GM’s current all-aluminum Gen IV 6.2L V-8 (L92) found in the Escalade, GMC Yukon Denali and Hummer H2. Depending on the application, the powerplant, which sports port fuel injection, variable valve timing (VVT) and dual-cam phasing, is rated between 380-403 hp in stock form.

However, with a little tweaking to accommodate the auto industry’s latest fuel-injection hardware, the prototype V-8 is producing “well north of 450 hp (on gasoline),” says Dave Sczomak, development engineer-GM Powertrain Advanced Engineering.
Running the engine on E85 ethanol allows for even more power to be coaxed from the big V-8, he adds, noting the 85%/15% ethanol/gasoline mix generally carries a race fuel-like 106 octane rating.

Cruising the web of test roads onsite, the Escalade motors along smoothly with a characteristic large-displacement V-8 burble. However, mashing the gas from a standstill produces a wave of power that propels the big truck at a noticeably more rapid pace than the production version.

Along with the substantial increase in horsepower, DIG also contributes to about a 10% increase in low-end torque, Sczomak says. In addition, fuel economy is moderately improved (3-6%), as are cold-start emissions of hydrocarbons.

To accommodate the DIG fueling system, GM redesigned the L92 cylinder heads, rearranging the intake ports to make room for the eight high-pressure injectors that squirt fuel directly into the side of the combustion chamber at 2,250 psi (155 bar).
New dished pistons – similar to a diesel’s – were installed for added clearance of the injectors. They also contribute to a greater compression ratio (11.5:1 vs. 10.5:1), which can be employed because of the high-octane composition of E85 and the knock-reducing cooling effect of introducing fuel directly into the cylinder.

A modified engine controller manages the engine’s operation, while VVT and Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation contribute to efficiency and refinement.

The development sounds like a no-brainer for improving nearly every aspect of the near-60-year-old small block’s performance.
However, Tom Stephens, group vice president-GM Powertrain and Quality, notes introducing a production DIG small block would “require the next-generation architecture” of the engine, or Gen V.

This primarily is due to the huge volumes of V-8 engines GM produces, Sczomak says, noting a radical change in cylinder-head design, for example, becomes a monumental undertaking when taking into account GM’s annual build of more than 1 million small block V-8s.

Fortunately, timing is on the auto maker’s side. The recent introduction of the ’08 Corvette’s 430-hp LS3 V-8, along with the release later this year of the ’08 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid’s 6.0L V-8, represent the last editions of the Gen IV engine family, Stephens says.

All subsequent introductions will be of the Gen V architecture and could have DIG fueling integrated from the ground up, especially considering the refinement of the current test engine’s operation. The greater specific output provided by DIG also would allow for greater engine downsizing, thereby improving fuel economy even further.

“GM would want to introduce this (DIG) on a high-profile vehicle, such as the new (Chevrolet) Camaro or (rear-wheel-drive) Impala,” Global Insight analyst John Wolkonowicz says, referring to the auto maker’s plans for new volume models based on its global RWD platform developed by GM Holden Ltd. in Australia.

The new Camaro, which originally was shown at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is expected to appear later next year as an ’09 model, with the all-new RWD Impala taking form sometime early in the next decade. Revisions for future generations of the Corvette and Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra pickups are expected in the same timeframe, Wolkonowicz says.

By capitalizing on areas of significant improvement that remain untapped in its core engine lineup, while simultaneously amping up the arrival of its new hybrid-electric vehicles, clean diesels and hydrogen fuel cells, GM clearly is betting on an ever-fracturing market for advanced powertrains.

As a result, the iconic grumble of the small-block V-8 appears poised to remain a fixture of the automotive landscape for the foreseeable future.




MORE found on wikipedia from another site:

In 2004, the Generation III was superseded by the Generation IV. These big-bore engines are some of the largest small-blocks yet, and were quickly phased in to replace the previous generation. Displacement ranges up to 7.0 L and output to 505 hp (373 kW). Building upon the Generation III design, Generation IV was designed with displacement on demand in mind, a technology that allows one bank of cylinders to be deactivated. It can also accommodate variable valve timing. A 3-valve per cylinder design was originally slated for the LS7, which would have been a first for a pushrod engine; but the idea was shelved owing to design complexities and when the same two-valve configuration as the other Generation III and IV engines proved to be sufficient to meet the goals for the LS7. It has been reported that the LS3 and an upcoming 6.0L Vortec engine represent the final two designs to be considered in the Generation IV engine family, and that future designs - expected around 2009 - will be part of the Generation V engine family.




HMMMM....where's those "It's gonna have an LS2!" guys?
 

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OOOPS, I found the other post.


I really canot believe that you guys are not talking about this?????
 

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Sounds promising! Now even more guessing on what motors our new car is going to have! I will be like a kid in a candy store if a ls-8 is an option! I guess the sky is the limits for gen. V! My second car/ daily driver will be a volt! That car looks like a baby camaro.
 

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Non related but saw your pic and the new auto week said the Delorean is back in production. Two per month with more options than 80s, 57k for price. Cool that someone is keeping that dream alive. Maybe?
 

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applauses 54inches nice find :roxor:
 

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Delorean is being rebuilt..not new production.
www.delorean.com rebuilds them, but they don't build new ones.
They take a old beat-up delorean and strip it down to the frame, sandblast it, recoat it, then built it back together piece by piece..replacing any old and wornout parts with either OEM or updated new-production parts. And they have a few options, a high-performance engine option (0 mile crate engine with 197 hp)...better sound system..better headlights, etc. etc.


Unless it's a different company building them, that I'm not sure of.
But that's around the price for a rebuilt.

Oh snap, reading that article....coolness. I just hope after a period of time they can bring the price down a bit. :eek:
And hopefully they'll start mass-producing it. :\
Doesn't say if they'll use the same Renault v6 or if they'll start producing their own better ones with modern fuel injection.



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Hmm if they take a 380 ish motor and turn it into "well north of 450", i wonder what they can turn a 435 hp LS3 into with the same technology.:roxor:
 

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My favorite part of all of this...is that GM could potentially build this thing for the Camaro. It's a strech for the first M.Y. but the second model year is definitely an achievable goal...

I can't see why they wouldn't use it either. This is the compromise they need to please CAFE regs, while still offering the hp we want.
 

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Hmm if they take a 380 ish motor and turn it into "well north of 450", i wonder what they can turn a 435 hp LS3 into with the same technology.:roxor:


mmmmmmm:D
 

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I saw an article in this in the local Sunday newspaper a few weeks back, and apparently theres the possibility of this technology taking the LS3 to 500hp. Which the same article had as going into the Camaro, so I'm not sure whether the journalist knows something that we don't, or if he was just writing on speculation
 

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