It’s been a busy week Corvette enthusiasts and it’s only Wednesday!
Corvette fans this week have been given a sneak peek of future Corvettes via a couple leaked photos.
Yesterday it was photos of the Mid Engine C8 Corvette front and rear fascia panels that leaked from the Corvette factory’s new paint shop and ended up on the Corvette Forum.
Today’s photo seems to finally confirm that the engine powering the upcoming 2019 Corvette ZR1 will indeed be called the LT5.
The photo comes from Ohio-based Corvette seller Rick ‘Corvette’ Conti who posted the photo on his website Wednesday morning.
Here’s the full image as it was posted:
Since the Corvette ZR1 first started showing up in spy pics, there has been a debate over whether the engine would be called the LT5 as a nod to the C4 Corvette’s ZR1’s engine from the 1990’s. That engine had a 32-valve dual overhead cam (DOHC) and early on there were sightings of DOHC in official GM literature. After the car was recorded on numerous occasions at the Nurburgring and fans had an opportunity to listen to the ZR1, the general consensus is that the new ZR1 will be supercharged.
In September, a Corvette ZR1 prototype was spotted refueling at a suburban Detroit gas station. From those photos, it appears the hood will feature a shaker-style cutout with the LT5’s supercharger cover exposed. There is still debate over whether the hood will feature a hood window like the C6 ZR1 or if it will be covered.
But the real question is WHEN! As in when will Chevrolet finally reveal the Corvette ZR1? With the shocking news that production of the 2018 Corvettes will come to an early end and 2019 model year Corvettes starting production on January 29th, we believe the reveal is right around the corner, however, the dates aren’t quite lining up as planned.
We have been hypothesizing for some time now that the reveal of the Corvette ZR1 will take place at the LA Auto Show at the end of November. However, the Corvette Team is putting out the new 2019 Corvette Order Guide on November 20th, a week before the LA Auto Show’s media days. So don’t be surprised if between now and November 20th that the Corvette ZR1 is revealed in an unexpected location. The second alternative is that the ZR1’s info shows up in the order guide like this year’s 2018 Carbon 65 with an official presser following after.
Regardless of when or where, the Corvette ZR1 will be here before we know it and from all indications, it will be the perfect swan song for the C7 Corvette.
Rick ‘Corvette’ Conti
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