Chevy to bring horsepower to SEMA Show

Chevy to pack some muscle at 2018 SEMA

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Every year at the end of October, SEMA attracts a huge crowd of automotive enthusiasts and vehicle accessory manufacturers to Las Vegas. What is SEMA? The SEMA website defines their show as such, "The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world." In reality, for auto enthusiasts, it's a festival showing off drool-worthy automotive performance enhancement goods.

As always, GM will be on hand at the Las Vegas convention center for SEMA 2018 with their usual grand display of parts and accessories from Chevy's Performance Division. What's taking center stage this year is the addition of a few new crate engines, bringing GM's crate-engine total to nearly 50. And since the best way to demonstrate a great product is to pack it into a wicked ride, Chevy's bringing some vintage cars and trucks packed with modern hardware.

Arguably the most intimidating display will be the 1973 Chevy Chevelle Laguna upgraded with the LT5 supercharged 6.2-liter V8 from the new Chevy Corvette ZR1. The engine makes 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque. The supercharger has a larger displacement than what can be found in the Corvette Z06, Camaro ZL1 and Cadillac CTS-V. To modernize the appearance of the Chevelle, yet maintain the cool nostalgia factor, it's been fitted with a carbon-fiber hood, new front and rear spoilers, a modified suspension and NASCAR-style 18-inch wheels wrapped in Goodyear tires with bright red trim.

Chevy LT5
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To round out the performance display, GM is bringing two trucks as well. The first is a Chevy C10. The old square body Chevy trucks are soaring in popularity and have regularly been seen on auction blocks for prices exceeding $50K. The 1967 Chevy C10 has been stuffed with a ZZ6 EFI crate engine. Available in multiple tuning configurations, the display model will boast 420 horsepower. Additional upgrades to the C10 include a lowered suspension, 20-inch wheels, a revised tailgate and rear bumper and a custom interior. Chevy has decided to keep this vehicle's renegade looks under wrap until the show starts on October 30th.

The other vintage vehicle being displayed is a 1978 Chevy K10 Silverado with a L96 crate engine. The 6-liter V8 is rated at 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. In comparison with vintage big block motors, Chevy says the new electronically-controlled fuel-injected V8 boasts more power and less weight. The K10 was reworked with a frame-off restoration at GM's Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan.

Do you have a "thing" for performance vehicles or vintage vehicles? Great! Stop in at SVG Motors on Shoup Mill Road in Dayton, Ohio -- we have an extensive network that we can use to help you find your next hot rod.
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