Chevrolet’s Corvette ZR1 was inspired by… BMW

We’re pretty excited to head over to Detroit this Saturday for the 2008 NAIAS to see the Corvette ZR1 live. You would think that GM kept the Vipers and the Mustang GTs in mind when producing the ZR1, but according to The Car Connection, engineers kept their attention towards German rivals.

At a recent press event for the new supercar, GM engineers told TCC that ‘German competition is driving the higher horsepower and torque numbers for the Corvette ZR1.’ Chevrolet said that the LS9 was created to match up against the V10 engine found in the BMW M range.

Engineers said that the 6.2L V8 LS9 will produce a total of 620 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque when they are done tweaking the engine in mid-2008 in time for the ZR1’s market launch.

While GM still hasn’t released any official fuel-economy numbers, GM engineers say that it should easily get in the high-20mpg range on the highway.

 

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Source: The Car Connection

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