The second-generation Chevrolet Camaro never offered a big-block V8 engine from the factory, but that doesn’t mean it’s not right at home here. Mr. Regular dove into a 427 cubic-inch V8-powered Camaro in the latest Regular Car Reviews episode and found a lot to say about it.
While the big block is hardly a practical option for power these days, the big block V8 retains its own unique characteristics that make it… different and almost charming. The lumpy idle is distinct to this engine and cannot be echoed in a small-block V8. The Camaro doesn’t have an overdrive gear so it’s just screaming along at around 2,500 rpm on the highway awaking everyone in its path.
None of these reasons lend themselves to performance, but you know what? It’s just freaking cool. Big blocks are cool and they deserve homes in muscle cars. LS swaps are good, but big-block swaps are sort of inherently cooler.