In a brief video made during the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Bill Martens Special Performance Program Manager for Chevrolet revealed compelling new insights as well as the company’s latest crate engines which should please enthusiasts looking to add a healthy dose of muscle to their classic car or project vehicle.
The first engine highlighted is the heart of the C7 Corvette Stingray, the 6.2 liter LT1 small block V8 — now served a la carte. Serving as a featured display for the Chevrolet brand at SEMA, the LT1 not only provided the muscle for the custom 1971 Corvette designed by Jimmie Johnson that was on hand for the show, but also received the Best Product Award for this year’s event which is an impressive achievement for this modern V8. When it is not receiving awards, the engine is capable of producing 460 horsepower and a 0 to 60 time of 3.8 seconds in the Corvette Stingray. Imagine this engine in the bowels of such icons as the Nova, Chevelle, and even vintage examples of the Corvette and Camaro sounds like a tempting proposition for us.
On the other end of the spectrum and the second engine revealed by Martens is the 2.0 liter four cylinder LTG engine. First making its appearance in the 2013 Cadillac ATS, the LTG’s 272 horsepower and its max boost of 20 psi make it a formidable power-plant and as a neat bonus it is designed to be hooked up to manual transmissions only which sounds like a compelling companion to vehicles such as 80’s era Camaro’s that long to be free from the shackles of their antiquated Iron Dukes. Both engines can be seen in their raw glory in the video below.