Chevrolet is showing its newest crate engines in three vintage concepts
Cool restomods with big power at the 2018 SEMA Showby Ciprian Florea, on
The 2018 SEMA Show is just around the corner, and U.S. automakers are slowly introducing new upgrades and accessories. On top of a few customized vehicles, Chevrolet also prepared three new crate engines. The cool thing about this is that they will be displayed in a trio of vintage, restomod-style vehicles.
Three New Engines
These new powerplants join a portfolio that includes nearly 50 crate engines
All three mills are obviously V-8s, but they’re significantly different when it comes to displacement and internals. The first engine on offer is a supercharged, 6.2-liter LT5. It that sounds familiar it’s because it’s the exact same mill found in the Corvette ZR1. It cranks out 755 horsepower and it will be displayed in a 1973 Chevelle Laguna.
Next up is a smaller 5.7-liter V-8 dubbed ZZ6 EFI. Chevy dropped this unit in a 1967 C/10 pickup truck. Also fitted in a truck, but this time around a 1978 Silverado, is the 6.0-liter V-8 L96. These new powerplants join a portofolio that includes nearly 50 crate engines. There’s something for everyone, from Small and Big Block units to LS, LSX, Circle Track, and COPO mills.
But let’s talk a bit about the cars on display.
1973 Chevelle Laguna / LT5 6.2L Supercharged
Based on the third and final generation of the Chevelle, the Laguna acted as a range-topping model, slotted above the popular Malibu.
It was also a bit sportier than the rest thanks to its body-colored urethane fascias and more lavish interior.
Naturally, the show car has a modern, restomod vibe to it. Inspired by racing and the car’s stint in NASCAR back in the day, it features the carbon-fiber hood of the Corvette ZR1, NASCAR-inspired spoilers, and 18-inch wheels. It also rides on a sports suspension. The massive V-8 cranks out 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque.
1967 C/10 / ZZ6 EFI
Based on the second-generation C/K truck produced from 1966 to 1972, this C/10 features modern hot-rod touches like a lowered suspension, 20-inch wheels, customized bumpers and tailgate, and a bespoke interior.
The 5.7-liter V-8 under the hood features electronically controlled fuel injection, but still has the classic style and installation versatility of Chevy’s 350 cubic-inch Small Block engine. A solution for both hot rods and restomod projects, it allows a traditional air cleaner to be installed on the engine.
Chevy says this particular unit can deliver up to 420 horsepower.
1978 K10 Silverado / L96
Also part of the C/K series, this truck comes from the third generation, produced from 1972 until 1987. But unlike the other two vehicles, it maintains its stock, factory look. This is actually a proper restoration powered by modern technology rather than a restomod fitted with modern features inside and out.
Under the hood, the 6.0-liter, Big Block V-8 cranks out a solid 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.
That’s significantly more than the Big Block engines from the late 1970s, but in a lighter and more compact package. The mill mates to a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.
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