Chevrolet enlisted the help of Lotus Engineering to create a new engine for the Corvette. Together they developed a design with an aluminum block, dual overhead camshafts, and 4 valves per cylinder. In 1990, it emerged as the 375-horsepower LT5 engine. But there was more than an engine. The Corvette ZR1 package cost $27,000 more than the base coupe, which sold for $31,900. In the package were a ZF 6-speed transmission, ride control, power seats, Delco-Bose stereo system and low tire-pressure warning system. From the outside, ZR1s could be recognized by their wide, 11-inch rear wheels and 315/35 Goodyear tires. To fit around these larger wheels and tires, different bodywork was neeed in the rear of the car. Between 1990 and 1995, the ZR1 package appeared in coupes only, never in convertibles.
The overhead-cam LT5 represented a new approach for the muscular Corvette. The high-rpm engine was met with enthusiasm by buyers, and dealers were able to demand prices above the level on the sticker. The car pictured here has been owned by basketball player Michael Jordan, and the driver’s seat has been modified to fit a man of his size. In Charcoal Metallic with a gray leather interior, the car has chromed O.Z. wheels. The Corvette has 12,600 miles and is said to be still in showroom condition.