Chevrolet Performance has unveiled a brand new set of crate engines just in time for SEMA and mounted them in some classic vehicles.
The SEMA Show is not even two weeks away, and every major car manufacturer is gearing up to display their latest and greatest in aftermarket tech. Chevrolet is preparing for SEMA by lining up a trio of brand new crate engines that can be swapped in your next garage project. And they’re displaying them in a trio of classic cars and trucks to make any enthusiast drool with envy.
First up is the 1973 Chevelle Laguna, part of the last generation of Chevelles before they were replaced by the Chevy Malibu. Instead of the old 350-cubic-inch two-barrel V8 (or 454 four-barrel V8), Chevrolet has replaced it with the all-new LT5 6.2L supercharged crate engine. Based on the same engine that powers the 2019 Corvette ZR1, the LT5 produces the same power figures as found on Chevy’s supercar: 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque.
The LT5 is Chevrolet’s first engine to feature a dual-fuel system, including a direct injection and supplementary port injection. It also has a big-honkin' supercharger for additional engine boost.
In order to fit the larger engine, the Laguna has been given a ZR1-style carbon fiber hood with the same distinctive bump in the middle. It also sports a modified suspension and new 18-inch wheels.
Chevy’s remaining two crate engines are both displayed in a pair of pickup trucks--namely, a 1967 C10 pickup with the all-new ZZ6 EFI 5.7-L V8 crate engine, and a 1978 Silverado with the L96 6.0-L V8 crate engine. The Silverado’s engine is based on the same L96 V8 you can find on a modern Silverado pickup, while the ZZ6 is an iterative improvement over previous models and provides 420 hp.
In addition to the new engines, Chevrolet Performance also offers transmissions, including the new 6L80-E six-speed automatic that’s designed for LS/LT engine swaps. For their complete lineup of performance parts, check out Chevroletperformance.com.