GM Invests Nearly $300M in New Engine Plant

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The engine plant is reportedly being tooled for the “Generation V” engine.

C8 rumors are so rampant right now, if you tried to keep track of them all, your head would spin. Adding more fuel to the fire is GM’s recent announcement of a BIG investment in their Tonawanda engine plant near Buffalo, New York. The investment, totaling $296 million dollars, is reportedly for GM’s newest range of V8 motors, dubbed “Generation V.”

It also fuels rumors of a completely new engine for future Corvettes. GM filed patents for an LT5 engine just a few weeks ago, and it looks like this will be the place where it will be built. Changing pace from the regular LS series motors, the next LT series would move the cams over the cylinder heads. That hasn’t been done since the C4 ZR-1. LT5 and LTX patents were filed, giving a hint that not only Corvettes, but also GM’s regular line of V8-powered full-size trucks and SUVs could see the new engine tech.

Of course, rumors are just that: rumors. Determining the C7’s final hurrah is still up in the air. We keep seeing test mules, but GM is doing a good job at cloaking this one in secrecy. Hiding the C8 is a task they seem to be even better at.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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