Chevrolet Performance has been using this year’s SEMA360 online auto show to promote its new line of Connect And Cruise powertrains. The automaker already announced the addition of its new Electric Connect and Cruise system to its portfolio at the show, and now, it has released a short video explaining how its different gas Connect And Cruise products can make building a restomod or other type of performance vehicle much, much easier.
The Chevrolet Connect And Cruise portfolio of products consists of various different Chevrolet powertrain packages. These packages include almost everything one needs to perform a full engine and transmission swap, including the engine and transmission themselves, along with the torque converter and necessary transmission controllers and supporting installation kits. As Blake Nye, design release engineer for Chevrolet Performance parts, explains in the new SEMA360 video, this allows customers to pick the engine and transmission they want, while Chevy handles the more tedious task of selecting the right torque converter, electronic controllers and installation parts.
“Once you’ve selected an engine, say, for your project, you want to know which transmission, but you’re not really sure, you don’t which torque converter or which clutch package you need for a manual,” Nye says. “We’ve taken all that guesswork out of it and put it together for you. So with our connect and cruise package, what you do is you pick the engine you want and the transmission you want, and we make sure you get all the right stuff to put it back together.”
Nye also shows off a handful of restomod-style vehicles in the video, which Chevrolet Performance built to demonstrate how Connect and Cruise packages can be used by builders and enthusiasts. The milder of these builds is a 1955 Chevy Coupe with an emissions-legal E-Rod GM 6.2L LS3 V8 engine and four-speed automatic transmission, but things get a bit more extreme with the 1970 Chevy Camaro, which boasts a GM 6.2L LT4 V8 and six-speed Super Magnum manual transmission. He also shows off a 1966 Chevy short box pickup with a ZZ6 Small Block that Chevy built for its 100th anniversary and the GM 6.2L LT5-powered 1973 Chevy Laguna it brought to the 2018 SEMA Show.
Chevy offers a wide variety of Connect and Cruise engines through its catalog, from old-school Small Block to modern-day supercharged beasts like the LT4 and LT5. Learn more about the program in the video embedded below.