Cool restomods with big power at the 2018 SEMA Show

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

Chevrolet is showing its newest crate engines in three vintage concepts
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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

Chevrolet is showing its newest crate engines in three vintage concepts
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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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Chevrolet Performance Announces ZZ6 Crate Engine
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Chevrolet Performance Announces ZZ6 Crate Engine

Chevrolet Performance’s newest crate engines go on display at the SEMA Show, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, in a trio of vintage vehicles that showcase the installation possibilities for builders.

The lineup includes:

1973 Chevelle Laguna with the all-new LT5 6.2L supercharged crate engine
1967 C/10 with the all-new ZZ6 EFI 5.7L V-8 crate engine
1978 Silverado with the L96 6.0L V-8 crate engine.

The new crate engines add to a portfolio of nearly 50 Small Block, Big Block, LS, LSX, LT, Circle Track and COPO crate engines, giving enthusiasts more choices for powering their projects.

“Chevrolet Performance’s expanding crate engine lineup offers something for every enthusiast and his or her dream project,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “That choice is matched with the peace of mind that comes only from factory-engineered systems tested to the same standards as production vehicles, for performance you can count on.”

Many Chevrolet Performance crate engines are offered as Connect & Cruise combinations and emissions-legal E-ROD systems. The innovative Connect & Cruise combos match crate engines with transmissions and the necessary controllers, while the E-ROD systems include emissions equipment that make them eligible for installation in millions of 1995-and-earlier vehicles in California.

For 2019, the supercharged LT4 E-ROD joins the lineup of LS3 E-ROD, LSA E-ROD and LT1 E-ROD systems.

1973 Chevelle Laguna / LT5 6.2L Supercharged

The Chevelle Laguna introduced sporty, more contemporary styling to the Chevrolet lineup in 1973, with distinctive, body-color urethane front and rear fascias. It also made its mark in NASCAR, powering drivers such as Cale Yarborough to the winner’s circle.

That racing heritage inspired the build of this show car, which features the new LT5 6.2L supercharged crate engine. It’s based on the engine that drives that Corvette ZR1 and is the most powerful production engine ever from Chevrolet, rated at 755 horsepower and 715 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s also a technology powerhouse, with Chevy’s first dual-fuel system, featuring direct injection and supplementary port injection, as well as a new, larger-displacement supercharger to boost the engine’s air charge.

Chevrolet designers adapted the production ZR1’s carbon fiber hood styling on the Laguna, in a nod to the propulsion system, along with front and rear spoilers that pay homage to the NASCAR racecars of the Seventies. The car rides on a modified suspension and 18-inch wheels.

1967 C/10 / ZZ6 EFI

The classic C/10 pickup that helped Chevrolet mark 100 years of building trucks is back, showcasing the new ZZ6 EFI crate engine.

Combining the drivability advantages of electronically controlled fuel injection with the classic style and installation versatility of the 350 Small Block engine, Chevrolet Performance’s new ZZ6 EFI crate engine kits offer a “best of both worlds” solution for hot rod and resto-mod projects. A fuel injection throttle body mounted in place of the carburetor allows a traditional air cleaner to be installed on the engine. The result is a great, traditional appearance and all the drivability advantages of EFI— and as strong 420 horsepower on tap.

Like the ZZ6 EFI, the ’67 C/10 show vehicle’s classic style is complemented with modern hot rod touches, including a lowered suspension, 20-inch wheels, smoothed and customized bumpers and tailgate, and a custom-trimmed interior.

1978 K10 Silverado / L96

Chevrolet’s 1978 K10 Silverado concept blends the classic, two-tone styling of the “square box” generation with the modern performance enabled by an LS engine swap — the heavy-duty truck-based L96 crate engine.

Rated at 360 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, the electronically controlled, fuel-injected L96 offers greater power than the Big Block engines of the square box era, in a lighter, more compact package. It’s matched in the concept vehicle with an electronically controlled four-speed overdrive automatic transmission, for a combination that exemplifies today’s popular trend of adapting modern Chevrolet LS and LT propulsion systems in vintage vehicles.

Inside and out, the black-and-red Silverado 4x4 looks factory-fresh, with a frame-off restoration that was completed at General Motors’ Milford Proving Ground. It’s a period look driven by modern technology.

Crate engines and more in new Chevrolet Performance catalog

In addition to crate engines, Chevrolet Performance supports builders with the complementing components such as accessory drive kits, fuel and spark, and other parts that help complete an installation and get the engine running.

There is also an expanded range of transmissions, including the all-new 6L80-E six-speed automatic that’s designed for LS/LT engine swaps.

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