Overlook about your tame, hand-me-down Celebrity Eurosport or Lumina Euro of yesteryear, Chevrolet desires you, yes you, to go further in gussying up what could be a very mild automobile.
The automaker has launched its 2017 Chevrolet Functionality catalog, which now boasts added heat for virtually each and every model in the lineup. For some vehicles, the new offerings could be the makings of a overall performance monster. For other people (such as the Malibu), you will want to give those factory-backed add-ons some sober second believed.
The biggest news from Chevy Performance is a significantly hotter LT1 crate engine primarily based on the 6.two-liter V8 discovered in the Corvette Stingray and Camaro SS. Although similar in style, the LT376/535 sports a distinctive block casting and cylinder head design. Output rises to 535 horsepower — 75 more than the preceding LT1 crate engine.
The classic 350 cubic inch V8 crate engine adopts a new hydraulic roller camshaft, new intake manifold and higher-flow cylinder heads, pushing output to 357 hp and 407 pounds-feet of torque.
Also in the catalog is Chevy’s most current try to thumb its nose at emissions regulations. The 8L90-E eight-speed automatic transmission can now mate with the LT1 and LT4 crate engines, with a full drivetrain available to make peace with the California Air Sources Board. Compliant with CARB emissions restrictions on pre-1996 autos, the Connect & Cruise E-ROD program connects a 455 hp LT1 6.2-liter crate engine and eight-speed auto with a catalytic converter and other emissions gear.
You don’t need to have to fear California any a lot more.
Handling and appearance kits for the Corvette and Camaro are exactly what you’d anticipate, but Chevy’s lesser models aren’t left out of the enjoyable. A efficiency exhaust kit for the Silverado 1500 adds ten hp and six lb-ft to 5.3-liter models, even though 6.two-liter variants achieve 7 hp and 5 lb-ft. The Colorado also gains efficiency exhaust and air intake kits.
You’d have to be large into the bowtie to tart up a Cruze, Sonic or Malibu, but we all know they’re out there. These men and women exist, and practically nothing would please them much more than lowering their Malibu and adding a ground effects kit. Do it, says Chevy, and add a functionality exhaust and intake to your Cruze — yes, the a single you drive your youngsters to college in — while you’re at it. Do the same for your sister’s Sonic.
Louis Chevrolet turns 138 on Christmas, and he wants to know that this dream of compact cars that corner with slightly less body lean is becoming kept alive.
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