The US automaker has allegedly filed a second application to register the “LT5” trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The first application was made back in 2013 and now here comes the second one to rekindle the rumors of a new LT5 unit that should become first available under the hood of the upcoming Chevy Corvette ZR1 (C7). The USPTO application was made on September 19 and according to the filing it will be used to name “Engines for automobiles, sport utility vehicles, trucks and vans.” Chevrolet also filed a trademark application for the “ZR1” name on May 16 with the USPTO, so we’re adding the pieces together and believe the two are connected. The 6.2-liter V8 LT4 engine is supercharged for the 650-hp Corvette Z06 application but there are voices claiming the LT5 for the Corvette ZR1 will be an all-new engine.
Thus it will go for a biturbo setup and pack in excess of 700 horsepower (522 kilowatts). The eagerly awaited Corvette ZR1 is coming at a major auto event sometimes next year, maybe as early as the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2017. The GM unit could also be used in the new generation Corvette – C8 – which is already out and about testing.