If you’re on team “LS swapping is overrated”, Chevrolet has an alternative for you. Introduced at the 2015 SEMA Show In Las Vegas, the ZZ6 small-block V8 crate engine provides nostalgic cues with modern technology for a unique powerplant for a project.
Chevrolet will give you the power for $7,125 for a base ZZ6 engine, while a turn-key example will run you $8,500. The base engine will arrive with a single-plane aluminum intake, distributor, water pump, damper and flexplate, but lacks a carburetor and other accessories. Owners can purchase their own to finish up the engine.
If that’s not your style, the turn-key ZZ6 V8 engine includes the carburetor and an air cleaner that matches the unique valve covers, the starter, distributor, alternator and additional accessories such as the air conditioning compressor and front-end accessory drive system.
For the “modern twist”, Chevrolet has utilized Fast Burn cylinder heads and beehive-style valve springs, inspired by the LS engine. This allows for greater RPM capability, and cranks output up to 405 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, more power than any factory 350 cubic-inch V8 ever made in the ZZ designation’s 27-year history.
We’re excited to see consumers get their hands on the ZZ6 to see what the engine is capable of in a variety of different builds. Besides, “ZZ swap” has a nice ring to it.