New Chevy Crate Engine at 2016 SEMA
Chevrolet wasted no time in showing off some of the incredible concept vehicles it will be showing off at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas for the next few days. Last week, the automaker released a glimpse of a Silverado HD concept designed with the Carhartt apparel company. For the start of SEMA 2016, the automaker was keen to draw attention to it latest crate engine and transmission. To make sure its exhibit drew as much attention as possible, Chevy built the Chevelle Slammer concept with the new LT376/535 under the hood connected the new SuperMatic 4L75-E automatic transmission.
Is Chevy bringing back the Chevelle muscle car?
Before we get to the new engine and transmission Chevy is showing off at the SEMA show, we should probably address the platform in which it’s displayed. Designers from Chevy wanted to give the new engine the best possible vehicle platform to show off its attributes. For better or worse they chose the body of a 1969 Chevelle. To set it apart from potential future production models they called it the Slammer concept. It’s pretty unlikely that the car in this (classic, resto-mod) form will be heading back to the assembly line.
“The ’69 Chevelle is one of the best-looking cars of the muscle car era and we didn’t want to mess with its classic cues or period-perfect proportions,” Humberto Ortiz, Chevrolet designer said in a press release. “We’ve simply enhanced it where we could, knocking down the chrome in certain areas and tightening other exterior details such as the bumpers, grille and more. It’s still a 1969 Chevelle at a glance, but as you continue to examine it, the details really stand out.”
Specs for the LT376/535 crate engine
If someone is going to build a “concept” version a 1969 Chevy Chevelle, they might as well give it the kind of performance specs worthy of the name. The all-new LT376/535 engine takes fifth generation of the Chevy small-block V-8 to the next logical step in its evolution. Engineers developed methods of efficiently increasing horsepower higher up on the power band while sacrificing as little low RPM torque as possible. In a perfect world, the engine will be able to make 87 horsepower per liter of displacement. According to materials made available by Chevrolet, the new engine will make 535 horsepower without turbo or supercharging.
“The LT376/535 crate engine represents the best of Chevrolet’s performance engineering,” Rocko Parker, Chevrolet Performance Parts engineer said. “Adhering to the same standards as the development of production engines, the LT376/535 offers tremendous power with the drivability expected with a new vehicle. It’s the best of both worlds.”
Don Wheaton customers that would like to order the new engine should be able to do so very soon through the dealership’s parts department. The new crate engine (Part No. 19355378) comes with a new intake manifold, throttle body assembly, ignition coils, water pump and balancer.
How much can the SuperMatic 4L75-E transmission handle?
Considering the amount of power that the new Chevy crate engine found in the Chevelle Slammer concept is capable of making, an equally robust new transmission is required. The SuperMatic 4L75-E is an electronically controlled four-speed automatic. It can also be ordered from Don Wheaton with a part number of 24283281. Using the new four-speed automatic will give car builders a top torque capacity of 650 pound-feet in a package that is slimmer, yet stronger than the existing 4L80 series of transmissions.
The Chevelle Slammer concept vehicle is among the first of nearly 20 other concepts and technology demonstrator models that Chevy is showing off at the 2016 SEMA show. The Don Wheaton Blog will profile as many as we can in the during the next few days. If you would like to see what is currently available at the Edmonton-based dealership, contact a Don Wheaton sales professional today.