Friday, October 31, 2008

Report: Soon you can buy the 638-hp LS9 6.2L V8 from ZR-1 as a crate engine !

The LS9 6.2L supercharged V8 is the power behind the most powerful and fastest production car in GM’s history, the 2009 Corvette ZR-1. And now , you don't need a ZR-1 to get your hands in one of most astonishing engines ever built. GM announced that in the third quarter of 2009, it will be available as a complete crate engine package from GM Performance Parts. Don't worry , it still develops 638hp and 604 lb.-ft. of torque.

The LS9 crate engine will be the ideal all-in package for enthusiasts and racers who want the ultimate LS power plant for their project cars, from restoration-modified vintage Corvettes, muscle cars and street rods to late model F-bodies. GMPP’s LS9 crate engine assembly comes fully dressed, including the ignition system, supercharger assembly, exhaust manifolds and more. It also includes the production dry-sump oil pan and provisions for the charge cooler’s liquid cooling system. Builders will need an external oil tank, external coolant tank (for the supercharge cooler) and an ECU/wire harness.

GM has not announced the pricing yet, but we bet it is going to be one of the most wanted crate engines if priced right. So it's time to throw out your Honda's Vtec , and get one of these ! Although it'll be a lot easier to get a ZR-1 than putting 638hp into a Civic !

You can also watch this video to see how the LS9 crate engine is built.

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