In this video Tom Nelson of Nelson Racing Engines breaks down why the LS engine is the most-praised type of General Motors engine, and the most popular engine on the market. He gets pretty technical, and does a great job of translating it for people who have no idea what any of the measurements or terminology mean.
“It’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s light,” would be the short and sweet way to put it. Nelson makes many good points in regards to the three previously quoted criteria. For $3,000-$4,000 USD you can get yourself a 400 hp engine, and with some top-end work you could easily reach 550-600 horses. Nelson explains that the cylinder head of the LS and how much it flows is what really puts this engine above the others.
We’ve shared countless LS-swaps, and there isn’t one we wouldn’t want to drive. Heck, we’ve even seen an LS-swapped Mustang, and you bet we’d drive that too. The LS-family even has influence over the newest engines to come from GM, like the ZZ6 small block.
To find out more about the LS V8’s superiority, hit play and enjoy the video.