There’s something about American muscle cars and big displacement engines and reportedly Chevrolet knows that much – which is why it’s going to offer such a gas guzzling dinosaur on the upcoming 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.
For example, the LS7 modern classic hand-built big-block V8 has first appeared back in 2005 for the 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, and sporting two valves per cylinder, titanium intake valves and sodium-filled exhaust valves it packed 505 HP and 470 lb-ft (640 Nm) of torque. This 427 cubic inch mill has a crate version costing $16,503 that sells really well. And its arguably best incarnation was inside the preceding fifth generation Camaro Z/28. But now rivals are evolving – we have marvels such as the Mustang Shelby GT350R – and Chevrolet also needs to up the ante on the Z/28 of the sixth generation.
Apparently they are upping the cylinders to make room for the 7-liter displacement if we are to believe the latest report. The rumor is putting around 565 ponies inside the new V8 that could wear the LT7 moniker – just to stay ahead of the 5.2-liter V8 inside the Shelby iteration. The change from the LS7 to LT7 moniker will also come with interesting goodies adapted from the LT1 iteration – such as direct injection and variable valve timing. We’re hoping the big-block V8 will have a long life from now on – or at least one that spans more than one generation, as Chevrolet will ultimately have to submit to the drastic fuel economy measures coming by 2025.
Via Motor Trend