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1992 Corvette LT1 Engine
Real Corvette Horsepower is Back
Starting in the mid 1970s, emissions regulations became a significant part of the performance automotive scene. Power output dropped dramatically; the 1975 Corvette was rated at only 165 hp. Car enthusiasts were concerned. If the present was bad, what would the future, which promised more stringent regulations, be like? It did not look good.
They need not have worried. What happened was a long, slow and sometimes painful return to speedier times. Corvette engines steadily gained about five or fifteen horsepower almost every year. By 1991 the L98 base Corvette engine was rated at 250 hp.
It all changed drastically with the introduction of the LT1 motor in the 1992 Corvette.
Probably the most interesting change in the LT1 was the revised cooling system strategy. Most engines route the coolant from the water pump to the block and through the head(s). In the LT1, coolant took the opposite path, starting in the cylinder heads and then cooling the engine block. Cooling off the heads first enabled the LT1 to reach new horsepower levels.
Also worth noting: All LT1 engines left the factory with Mobil 1, the recommended lubricant. The synthetic 5W-30 engine oil eliminated the need for a separate oil cooler.
There was a dark side to all the technological progress. The new "Opti-spark" distributor had problems and were recalled early in the production run. According to some sources, given enough time, they would all fail if not replaced.
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1992 Corvette Options, Prices
|24S||Removable Roof Panel, blue tint (coupe)||6,424 (31.37%)||$650.00|
|64S||Removable Roof Panel, bronze tint (coupe)||3,005 (14.67%)||$650.00|
|AC1||Power Passenger Seat||16,179 (79.00%)||$305.00|
|AC3||Power Driver Seat||19,378 (94.62%)||$305.00|
|AQ9||Sports Seats, leather||7,973 (38.93%)||$1,100.00|
|AQ9||Sports Seats, white leather||709 (3.46%)||$1,180.00|
|AR9||Base Seats, leather||10,565 (51.59%)||$475.00|
|AR9||Base Seats, white leather||752 (3.67%)||$555.00|
|C2L||Dual Removable Roof Panels (coupe)||3,739 (18.26%)||$950.00|
|C68||Electronic Air Conditioning Control||18,460 (90.14%)||$205.00|
|CC2||Auxiliary Hardtop (convertible)||915 (4.47%)||$1,995.00|
|FX3||Selective Ride and Handling, electronic||5,840 (28.52%)||$1,695.00|
|G92||Performance Axle Ratio||2,283 (11.15%)||$50.00|
|MN6||6-Speed Manual Transmission||5,487 (26.79%)||n/a|
|NN5||California Emission Requirements||3,092 (15.10%)||$100.00|
|U1F||Stereo System with CD, Delco-Bose||15,199 (74.22%)||$1,219.00|
|UJ6||Low Tire Pressure Warning Indicator||3,416 (16.68%)||$325.00|
|UU8||Stereo System, Delco-Bose||3,241 (15.83%)||$823.00|
|V56||Luggage Rack (for convertible)||845 (4.13%)||$140.00|
|Z07||Adjustable Suspension Package (coupe)||738 (3.60%)||$2,045.00|
|ZR1||Special Performance Package (coupe)||502 (2.45%)||$31,683.00|
Notes: Base Corvette Coupe with 350 cu. in. 300 hp engine and four speed automatic transmission: $33,635.00.
|10||White||4,101 (20.03%)||Black / Light Beige / Light Gray / Red / White||Blue / Beige / Black / Wh|
|35||Yellow||678 (3.31%)||Black / Light Beige / Light Green / White||Beige / Black / White|
|41||Black||3,209 (15.67%)||Black / Light Beige / Light Gray / Red / White||Beige / Black / White|
|43||Bright Aqua Metallic||1,953 (9.54%)||Black / Light Beige / Light Green / White||Beige / Black / White|
|45||Polo Green II Metallic||1,995 (9.74%)||Black / Light Beige / White||Beige / Black / White|
|73||Black Rose Metallic||1,886 (9.21%)||Black / Light Beige / Light Green / White||Beige / Black / White|
|75||Dark Red Metallic||1,148 (5.61%)||Black / Light Beige / Light Green / White||Beige / Black / White|
|80||Quasar Blue Metallic||1,043 (5.09%)||Black / Light Beige / Light Green / White||Beige / Black / White|
|81||Bright Red||4,466 (21.81%)||Black / Light Beige / Light Green / Red / White||Beige / Black / White|
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