This is the 2009 Corvette ZR1 LS9 Engine and Yes, We're Probably in Serious Trouble

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This is it. Thanks to an anonymous tipster we have what appear to be the very first and clearest shots yet procured of the 2009 LS9 6.2-liter V8 engine powering the 2009 Corvette ZR1 — something we weren't expecting to see until the Detroit Auto Show in January. But, since information yearns to be free — and whoa, nelly, do these shots show off some serious information on what will be the most serious piece of weaponry in the General's quiver come next year — here they are and here's what we know. Essentially what you're looking at is what appears to be a standard twin-screw-type supercharger mounted below a highly efficient air-to-water intercooler system. Now, we can't speculate if it's tied into the engine system or if it has an independent radiator system — but we feel pretty confident all of this is a one-off, which means the General's running the show on every single horsepower above and beyond the stock horse output from the 6.2-liter V8 it all sits atop. Gearheads, your engine pr0n awaits in the photogallery below. While you check that out we're going to go and hide from GM's shock troopers. Hey, does anyone know the number for the witness protection program?

Oh, and in case you forgot what the engine sounded like — remember who brought you the first video of the Corvette ZR1 — that's right, who loves ya, baby?


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@BOB9: Pissing off dad is hoon commandment number one. It's right next to smokey burnouts in the cul-de-sac, and accidentally running over the neighbor's cat. The true hoon would never flinch from their duty to ride balls-out over social convention and civilized decorum.

Now pardon me for a moment, while I send a small prayer to the automotive gods, thanking them for this pre-Christmas gift of hope and inspiration...