The 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is just around the corner and Chevrolet won't just sit idle. It intends to get impressive at the 2018 edition of the event by displaying three vintage vehicles that are powered by Chevrolet Performance’s newest crate engines.
Up for display at the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 30 to November 2, 2018 are: a 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna powered by the all-new LT5 6.2-liter supercharged crate engine; a 1967 Chevrolet C/10 with the all-new ZZ6 EFI 5.7-liter V-8 crate engine; and a 1978 Chevrolet Silverado installed with the L96 6.0-liter V-8 crate engine.
The new LT5 6.2L supercharged crate engine in the 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna is derived from mill found under the hood of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. Tuned to deliver 755 horsepower and 715 lb.-ft. of torque, the LT5 6.2-liter supercharged crate engine is Chevy’s most powerful production engine so far. This crate engine employs technologies like a new, larger-displacement supercharger and the carmaker’s first dual-fuel system with direct injection and supplementary port injection.
In terms of design, the 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna to be displayed at the 2018 SEMA Show adapts the carbon fiber hood styling of the ZR1. Riding on a modified suspension and 18-inch wheels, the Chevelle Laguna also features front and rear spoilers that pay tribute to the NASCAR racecars of the 1970s.
Meanwhile, the all-new 420-hp ZZ6 EFI 5.7-liter V-8 crate engine in the 1967 Chevrolet C/10 classic pickup combines the installation versatility of the 350 Small Block engine and the drivability of electronically controlled fuel injection. A traditional air cleaner has been installed on the V-8 engine, as made possible by mounting a fuel injection throttle body in place of the carburetor.
The 1967 C/10 show vehicle that will be displayed at the 2018 SEMA Show rides on a lowered suspension and 20-inch wheels. Aside from customized bumpers and tailgate, it also features a custom-trimmed interior.
On the other hand, the L96 6.0-liter V-8 crate engine in the SEMA Show-bound 1978 K10 Silverado is an electronically controlled, fuel-injected mill that delivers more power Big Block engines of the square box era despite being wrapped in a lighter, more compact package. It is rated to deliver up to 360 hp of output and 380 lb.-ft. of torque.
The 1978 Chevrolet Silverado is a black-and-red 4x4 truck that is seemingly fresh from production. Actually, this Silverado features a frame-off restoration completed at General Motors’ Milford Proving Ground.
Chevrolet is now offering nearly 50 crate engines in Small Block, Big Block, LS, LSX, LT, Circle Track and COPO variants.