If you were holding your breath, you may breathe. GM Authority has it on good authority (see what we did there?) there will be no Corvette news during the 2017 North American International Auto Show next week.
Previously, it was thought Chevrolet and the Corvette team would utilize Detroit, Motor City to introduce the 2018 C7 Corvette ZR1. Spy shots of said vehicle have popped up in numerous places for weeks, leading many to believe a reveal was in store next week.
However, we have learned whatever the Corvette team is planning will not show face. At least not yet.
Recently, leaked General Motors documents and trademark filings brought about the confirmation of a 6.2-liter LT5 DOHC V8 engine heading to the Corvette for the 2018 model year. Per GM coding, it aligned exclusively with the C7 Corvette. From that, we can gather it’s quite likely the 2018 C7 Corvette ZR1 will reintroduce the LT5 designation. It was last used on the C4 Corvette ZR-1 on a DOHC V8 developed with Lotus.
Since this engine is poised for 2018, we can expect the 2018 Corvette ZR1 to show face sometime in 2017, but it won’t be next week.