C7 Corvette LT1 Small-Block V8 Now Available as a Crate Engine

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A year after the first 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was delivered, the golden bowtie carmaker announced the LT1 6.2-liter V8 is also available as a crate motor. Priced at $11,000, this small-block wonder is available with no less than six select mods.
Starting with those, the LT1 crate motor can be completed thanks to a manual bell housing, aluminum bell housing, LT1 engine controller, oil hose adapters, dual disc clutch and an LT-series starter. The newest chapter in the small-block story is advertised as a high-tech transplant with an outstanding balance between out-and-out performance and efficiency for your next project car.

With 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) of twist, the mechanical marvel is pretty potent for whatever you have in mind. To boot, this 6.2-liter mill can hit 29 miles per gallon when driving a 2015 MY Corvette on the highway as gingerly as possible. If you’re planning to shoehorn it in the engine bay of an older light-duty GM pickup truck, don’t hold your breath for similarly impressive economy figures.

Architecturally similar to the LS family of small-block goodness

The LT1 is slightly different thanks to unique block casting, cylinder head design, oiling system and many other, also including modern technology such as direct injection and continuously variable valve timing. However, you must take into account those $11,000 will not buy you everything you need for the LT1. All LT1 crate engines are shipped with a high-pressure direct injection fuel pump installed.

However, the dry sump engine does need oil lines and an external oil tank, kit that’s not included in the package. If that isn’t nearly enough to discourage you, it might come as a bummer that the crate motor assembly doesn’t include electrics and electronics. That’s why you need the LT1 Controller Kit for engine operation, a kit that adds an electronic throttle pedal, which is required for input to the ECU.

So what vehicle would you fit this baby to?
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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