Chevrolet pulled a fast one on all of us by revealing the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. This is the same car spotted multiple times during prototype testing and was poised to be the sixth-generation Camaro Z/28. That wasn’t the case, as the Camaro team has different plans.
The Camaro ZL1 1LE ups the ante for track capability by borrowing heavily into what made the fifth-generation Camaro Z/28 so great. But, if you’re holding out for an all-new Z/28, the Camaro team may be saving the best for what’s yet to come.
Car and Driver has reported major changes are inbound for the sixth-generation Camaro Z/28 as the ZL1 1LE keeps the Camaro in a track prowess holding pattern. According to intel, General Motors is working on a naturally aspirated, 5.5-liter small block V8 that will push 700 hp. And that engine is supposedly being readied for the next Z/28 with an LT6 designation.
The new engine family is said to break away from the norm and use an aluminum block and head, dual overhead camshafts, four-valve combustion chambers, direct, but possibly in combination with port, fuel injection, titanium connecting rods, and a flat crankshaft. Sound good? You bet it does.
However, that’s not all. The report goes on to state a twin-turbo variant of this LT6 will also come to fruition and be dubbed the LT7. It’s likely this engine family is being developed in conjunction with the all-but-confirmed 6.2-liter LT5 DOHC V8, slated for the 2018 C7 Corvette ZR1. The LT6 and LT7 may also serve as the basis for the Chevrolet’s worst-kept secret: a mid-engine Corvette.