GM's nuttiest small-block yet is now available as a crate engine. Yep, Chevy will now sell you the 755-hp, 6.2-liter V8 from the new Corvette ZR1. The one with a supercharger so big, it won't fit under a regular Corvette hood. The one that transformed a really fast car into a supercar slayer.
The mind reels at all the possibilities.
To show off its new crate engine, Chevy is bringing a custom-built, LT5-powered 1973 Chevelle Laguna to SEMA this year. The Chevelle features a hood cut out to accommodate the LT5's big supercharger and other styling details inspired by NASCAR cup cars of the period.
Unfortunately, Chevy hasn't released a ton of new information on the LT5 crate engine yet, like availability and pricing, though the fact that the Camaro ZL1's LT4 crate engine costs a little over $13,000 gives us some idea of what to expect. We're also curious if it'll be sold in one of Chevy's Connect & Cruise packages, which pairs the engine with a suitable transmission, or in E-ROD form, which makes it emissions-legal in California. We reached out to Chevy for more info, and we'll update this post if and when we hear back.
Chevy did, however, announce that the supercharged LT4 V8 now joins the E-ROD family, so California enthusiasts should be happy. There's also a new 420-hp, 350ci small block called the ZZ6 EFI, which offers electronic fuel injection in an otherwise old-school package.
Now, we're daydreaming about what we'd stick this monster of an engine in. A would be sweet, or perhaps a . An would be pretty cool, too, or maybe even a . So many possibilities!
And we're wondering what you'd use this LT5 for. Jump in the comments below to let us know.