After driving a Corvette with a naturally aspirated 7.0L engine for nearly a week, we can honestly say there is no other GM powertrain that we appreciate more. The power delivery, the sound, and the rewarding ability to rev the pants out of the mill to achieve maximum power and torque made our time with Corvette 427 Convertible unforgettable, and we knew right away that if the the Z06/427 were to ever adopt forced induction, things would never be the same.
Thankfully, the latest word indicates that the next-generation 2015/2016 Corvette Z06 will maintain a naturally breathing powerplant, and even the same displacement as the current LS7, but in the form of a fifth-generation small block V8, at least according to Motor Trend. Is this the rebirth of the L88 engine? The LT4? Or is it all just a wild goose chase? We certainly hope it’s the former, as we check with our own sources to see if there is any evidence to the claim. Stay tuned.