Do you want a crate engine with real-deal engineering from GM’s best and already doing work in the most powerful Corvette in existence? Well, now you totally can.
The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is one of the most amazing cars to come from an American manufacturer in a long time. With 755 HP and 715 lb-ft from its supercharged LT5 engine, its engine mounts have to do everything it can to stop this beast from leaping out the hood. As per Top Gear, “…when you start the beast up, it’ll visually kick and shudder on its engine mounts outside the bodywork.” According to Chevrolet in an official press release they dropped earlier this week (Oct. 16,2018) a special 1973 Chevelle Laguna is showcasing their now available LT5 6.2L Supercharged crate engine. Check out a photo of this bespoke Laguna headed to Las Vegas below.
Chevrolet shows new LT5 crate engine via race-inspired 1973 Chevelle Laguna https://t.co/HFJym6fepR
— Drive Mag (@DriveMagCom) October 17, 2018
If there’s one thing that GM knocks out of the park as of late it’s a stellar lineup of engines with power numbers that rival even well-established exotics. And the amazing thing is that anyone with a couple thousand burning a hole in their wallet can go online and order any of these engines and have it delivered to their front door in a matter of days. Better yet, GM has special engine and transmission combinations with all essential wiring attached which makes swapping a breeze.
Since Chevrolet is headed back to SEMA, its showcasing three engines, a ZZ6 EFI AKA a 350 small-block good for 420 HP, an L96 with 360 HP and 380 lb-ft, and finally the big-daddy LT5 ZR1 engine with its whopping 755 HP.
While Chevrolet hasn’t announced pricing on the LT5 crate engine, you can currently snag yourself an LT4 for around $13,000 or the previous generation LS9 ZR1 engine good for 638 HP and 604 lb-ft for $21,400. I imagine the LT5 will retail for somewhere between those two numbers.
Keep in mind that Chevrolet has a $250 rebate for all crate engines going on, so if you’re hankering for NOT an LT5, now’s your chance.
You can also just buy a ZR1 for $120,000 which has an LT5 already installed.