What kind of engine will the Corvette ZR1 have?
With the 2017 getting ready to spring up in a few days, it’s nice to take the time to look what the new year could possibly bring. In automotive terms, 2017 gets us closer to seeing the Chevy Corvette ZR1 possibly arrive to the Don Wheaton showroom. Michael Austin of AutoBlog recently dropped an article stating that General Motors possibly listed a new engine a little too early on its service website. Austin’s article goes on to say that the inadvertent addition to the automaker’s engine listing alludes to it being the heart of the upcoming Chevy Corvette ZR1.
How big will the engine in the Corvette ZR1 be?
If the internet rumor mill is to be believed (it rarely is), GM listed a new dual overhead cam engine with a 6.2-liter displacement in its online service guide. This is significant because it carried the book code LT5, which according to Austin’s article, is the same designation given to the previous engine found with the previous Corvette ZR1. Austin goes on to speculate that this is indeed going to be the engine found with the new ZR1 because of the expectation for this version of the Corvette to be able to outperform the existing Z06.
That seems like something easier to talk about than it is to accomplish, what with the Chevy Corvette Z06 being able to make 650 horsepower with the existing supercharged LT4 engine.
Will the Corvette ZR1 have a mid-engine?
Everything seems to be pointing to the Corvette ZR1 will be available for the 2018 model year with its engine mounted in the middle of the car. Austin’s AutoBlog post seems to suggest that a powerful dual overhead cam engine is just what a mid-engine Corvette would need. Additionally, two of the biggest automotive expositions are right around the corner with the North American International Auto Show in Detroit starting in early January and the Chicago Auto Show kicking off in February. Either of these venues would be a great place to unveil Chevy’s latest super car.
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