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SEMA 2018: Chevrolet builds 3 SEMA cars with new crate engines

By Chris Thompson, 30 Oct 2018 News

Chevrolet SEMA cars new crate engines news

Variety of V8s to power Chevy’s SEMA show cars

Chevrolet has revealed it has brought three custom show cars to SEMA 2018 (the Specialty Equipment Market Association show), and each will be powered by one of its new V8 crate engines.

The first of which, a 1973 Chevelle Laguna, is powered by its new LT5 supercharged 6.2-litre V8, the same engine that appears in the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

Even in a car from 1973, Chevy has allowed it the full 563kW and 969Nm, figures which let the ZR1 hit 100km/h in about 3.2 seconds.

Chevrolet says the racing heritage of the Chevelle has inspired this specific build for SEMA.

“The Chevelle Laguna introduced sporty, more contemporary styling to the Chevrolet lineup in 1973, with distinctive, body-colour urethane front and rear fasciae.

“It also made its mark in NASCAR, powering drivers such as Cale Yarborough to the winner’s circle.”

The other two vehicles Chevrolet has brought to SEMA are utes, or trucks, a 1967 Chevrolet C/10 and a 1978 Chevy Silverado, powered by a 5.7-litre ZZ6 with electronic fuel injection and a 6.0-litre L96 V8 respectively.

Pictured: SEMA Silverado displayed in 2013

“The classic C/10 pickup that helped Chevrolet mark 100 years of building trucks is back, showcasing the new ZZ6 EFI crate engine,” Chevrolet says.

The truck runs a fuel-injected version of the ZZ6, which until now had been available with a four-barrel carburettor only. In this form the atmo V8 produces 313kW – a smidge more than its carburetted cousin.

The larger 1978 ‘K10’ Silverado, running the N/A 6.0-litre L96, puts out 268kW and 515Nm, overshadowed by the other two show cars.