GM Performance Announces Pricing for Corvette ZR1 LT5 Crate Engine
Now we know how much the hotly-anticipated LT5 crate engine costs.
Last month, GM Performance announced that the LT5 crate engine was coming. That is, of course, the engine out of the 2019+ Corvette ZR1. It’s a 6.2-liter, direct fuel-injected V8 that is force-fed 9psi of boost from a 2.6-liter Eaton R2650 TVS supercharger, which results in 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. With forged pistons, over-engineered aluminum heads with titanium intake valves and a bunch of other engineering feats, the LT5 is the most powerful engine ever fitted to a Chevrolet production car.
Now, you can buy one and swap it into, well, anything. The biggest question Chevy kept under wraps was the price tag. Now that pre-orders are available, we have an accompanying price. List price is $19,995, and GM Performance is offering an introductory price of a mere $17,915. A bargain, if we’ve ever seen one. Well, probably not for our purposes. But, hey, if you want the baddest GM engine around, it’s now just a phone call or web order away.
GM Performance is taking pre-orders now, and says that plug-and-play wiring harness solutions are coming. Additionally, GMPP will be offering 6L80E automatic transmissions designed for swap applications. Manual transmission capability, at least in a plug-and-play application, is to be determined. Though, it’s worth noting that the LT5 shares a flywheel design with the LT1 and LT4, so, in theory, it shouldn’t be too hard to get a TR6060 to bolt up. Only question is: Who will be the first to do it?