We were as surprised as anyone when Chevy decided to resurrect the LT1 designation for use on the 2014 Corvette Stingray's base engine.
The reasoning behind that decision now seems solid, if the latest scuttlebutt is to be believed. Those rumors hold that a Stingray-based ZR1 model will bow early next year, armed with a supercharged version of the LT1 dubbed--you guessed it--the LT5.
While it won't use the advanced DOHC valvetrain configuration of its like-named predecessor (shown), the new LT5 should deliver considerably more firepower in a conventional, factory-built package. (The '90-'95 version was designed in part by Lotus and assembled by Mercury Marine in Stillwater, OK. It was also the bane of Chevy-dealership techs across the country.)
How much firepower? Don't be surprised if Chevy's new "King of the Hill" motor wrests the V-8 output crown away from Ford's Mustang Shelby GT500, which makes 662 hp.
Could an LT4-powered Z06 be next? We wouldn't bet against it.