SEMA is coming closer, so expect a lot of news in the coming weeks about custom cars, aftermarket parts and more. GM always has a large display at hand, with tons of parts and accessories from the Chevrolet Performance division. The biggest news this year is the addition of a few new crate engines, which GM's crate engine is almost 50. To demonstrate these new offers, Chevy brings a number of customized cars and trucks full of modern hardware.
The most powerful of the bunch is a Chevy Chevelle Laguna from 1973 packed with the LT5 supercharged 6.2-liter V8 of the new Chevy Corvette ZR1. Just like in the 'Vette' the engine makes 755 hp and 715 pound-foot torque. It packs a larger displacement supercharger compared to the LT4 found in the Corvette Z06, Camaro ZL1 and Cadillac CTS-V. The Chevelle itself has a carbon-fiber hood, new front and rear spoilers, modified wheel suspension and NASCAR-like 18-inch wheels packed in Goodyear tires.
The other two vehicles that GM brings are both trucks. The first is a Chevy C10 from 1967 with a ZZ6 EFI box engine. It is actually a classic block of 350 Chevy, equipped with a modern electronic fuel injection system. The engine comes in different tunes that can handle up to 420 hp. The C10 self-packs lowered suspension, 20-inch wheels, a revised tailgate and rear bumper and an adjusted interior. Chevy has not released any photos, so we will have to wait a few weeks to see the full truck.
The last vehicle to be shown is a Chevy K10 Silverado from 1978 with an L96 crate engine. The 6-liter V8 has a power of 360 hp and 380 pound-foot torque. Chevy says the main advantage of the new electronically controlled fuel injection V8 is more power and less weight than classic Chevy engines. The engine is connected to a four-speed automatic transmission. The K10 was reworked with a refurbishment restoration at GM's Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan.