Notable Magazine Stirs Up More ZR1 Powerplant Debates With 6-Year Old LT7 CAD Image
CorvSport analyzes the 2017 LT7 CAD Image and shows its evolution, with new Hybrid claims from Motor Trend
Leaked GM twin-turbo CAD rendering from 2017
Just when I thought the ZR1 engine rumor mill had calmed down, and we moved closer as a community to the consensus that the ZR1 will have a twin-turbo powerplant (named the LT7), new reporting from Motor Trend is muddying the waters even more, with electric claims. CorvSport proclaimed on 10/12/2023 that this heated discussion was now the “Great Engine Debate”, and that proves even more true today.
“Pair of electric motors?” Not the single electric motor from the E-Ray, but TWO electric motors?
This is news! Sorry to bury the lead!
“And now an anonymous tip…” And now? These CAD images have been around since 2017. No harm no foul, just seemed odd to me for such a large publisher. But understandable, as there is so much excitement around this ZR1, and the frenzy fuels us journalists.
So, while this is not a picture of the LT7, the pallets are clearly set up for the future LT7. As a refresher, here is what beta means.
Will the LT7 be in the 2025 ZR1? I don’t think we can say for sure yet, but it’s becoming more obvious as time rolls on. Will the ZR1 be a Hybrid? What are your predictions for the ZR1 powerplant? Are you even more confused than ever, and just sitting back like me to see the reveal? We have the fastest-growing Corvette community on our Facebook page, with over 157,000 followers (38,000 since January!). Come join other hardcore enthusiasts and say hello, Douglas B.