Goodbye to the V8 of the Corvette ZR1

At the 2017 edition of the Dubai Motor Show, a car that was highly desired by the most enthusiasts and one of the most spectacular that Chevrolet has ever created throughout its history saw the light. We refer to C7 generation Corvette ZR1, a machine that debuted a supercharged eight-cylinder vee mechanic capable of generating more than 700 horsepower thanks to the presence of a 2.65 liter volumetric compressor. It was therefore an engine that responded to the 6.2-liter V8 that FCA mounted on the Demon, but now has said goodbye to us forever.

Goodbye to LT5

General Motors developed this engine exclusively for the Corvette, although it has also offered it as a separate unit, that is, what is known as a ‘crate engine’. However, as reported from Motor Trend, Chevrolet has stopped offering this propellant and we have the best proof with the Chevrolet Performance Parts website itself, where the V8 LT5, but an orange sign at the top informs shoppers that it is a discontinued product.


Of course, we knew the C7 ZR1 wouldn’t stick around for long, and being the pinnacle of performance within GM, there really wasn’t a proper secondary app to match the V8. However, the aforementioned US media says that there are still some crate engine units at Chevrolet dealerships nationwide, although these are likely to sell out fairly quickly. Its price, by the way, around 19,000 dollars.

Very interesting alternatives

Having said all this, there is no need to regret the loss of this engine from the General Motors catalog as the V8 LT4 supercharged shared by the Camaro ZL1 and the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing generates a solid 677 horsepower and a maximum torque of 893 Nm. In addition, there is less and less for the arrival of the Corvette Z06 C8 and its eight-cylinder engine with a flat crankshaft, a beast that we have already heard in action and that promises great doses of spectacle.

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This propellant will also be present at the future version ZR1, suitably vitaminized for the occasion, so it will offer a very high yield and figures that will exceed those of its predecessor. In this sense, it should be remembered that the wildest variant of the Corvette in the C7 generation managed to extract from the LT5 a total of 765 horsepower and a maximum torque of 969 Nm, being able to reach 100 km / h in just three seconds and its maximum speed was 345 km / h.

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