Although GM still has a long way to go before its products become all-electric, it seems to be taking big steps in stopping production of its most powerful internal combustion engine. The field has begun.
When the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C7 ZR1 was introduced, it shocked the world of supercars with 755 horsepower and a 6.2-liter V8 supercharged engine. The engine was called the LT5.
Unlike the previous generation Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, which used the same engine as the Cadillac, this new LT5 engine was exclusively for the Corvette. Outside of street cars, GM also introduced it as a standalone engine, but now the LT5 era is over. This has even been reported on the Chevrolet Performance Parts website, which sends a warning message that production has stopped.
Although we knew the C7 ZR1 would not last long, it would be the pinnacle of performance cars. GM, in fact, had no other example to match its V8 engine. On the other hand, the final version of the Camaro IROC could have been included with the LT5, but as Camaro sales declined and production problems with the original models declined, such a move would probably be very costly.
Chevrolet Corvette C7 ZR1 2019 model year
with this Existence, one should not be upset about the end of General Motors' internal combustion engine production because other production models are still great options. These include the supercharged LT4 V8 engine used in the Camaro ZL1 and Cadillac CT5-V, which has 668 horsepower at the highest level, or the amazing DOHC V8 engine that we will soon see in the C8 Corvette Z06. Although this engine will definitely not have 755 horsepower, on the other hand, there is no reason why the next generation ZR1 will not have a version with the same or higher power.
It should be noted that these are Corvette cars with only internal combustion engine, but Electric cars should also be added to this category, starting with the C8 Corvette E-Ray for 2023. The engine will use a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter engine with 490 horsepower, and an electric motor alongside it will increase the total output power to 650 horsepower. Then there's the new flagship, the Zora, which has long been rumored to come with a 1,000-horsepower hybrid engine.
And better will be on the way.
- Two major German carmakers are halting the development of internal combustion engines
Cover: General Motors LT5 Engine