Small-block performance has come a long way. Sixty years ago, would the gentlemen behind this powertrain realize what an impact the engine would have even in today’s modern-performance arena?
It’s true. The beloved 2015 C7 Corvette still soldiers on with small-block performance in 6.2-liter guise. But Chevrolet Performance isn’t letting the engine sit idly by. They’ve expedited the process to now offer the LT1 small-block in crate engine form, introduced at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
The engines feature a cam-in-block architecture and 4.400-inch bore centers (the distance between the centers of each cylinder) that are design features shared with the very first small block upon its launch in 1955. The 2015 C7 Stingray enjoys Active Fuel Management, but the crate engine version will not offer this feature. Presumably so software doesn’t get in the way of hot-rodder’s classic builds.
Chevrolet Performance is more than excited to hand off their latest pride and joy to enthusiasts searching for the perfect heart to their project. They’ve provided a new video detailing the engine, and tracing the history of the small-block. You can brush up on your LT1 knowledge right down below. We’re itching to see this engine under the bonnet of the upcoming 2016 Camaro.