Not our words, but something we can too can get excited about. We recently came across a video by CarAdvice.com and could not believe what those boys down under at Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) are up to. They’ve taken what is basically a Chevrolet SS sedan here in the states and turned up the knob. Under the hood lurks a Chevrolet Performance LS9 crate engine.
Originally built for the C6 Corvette ZR1, the LS9 introduced supercharged power to the Corvette. When the C6 Corvette ZR1 ceased production by model year 2013, its universal fame for huge power refused to be cinched. Because of its young but established legacy, Chevrolet Performance decided to secure a finite amount of these supercharged engines for use as crate engines, so when they’re gone, they’re gone. Even still, we’re glad Chevrolet Performance decided to do this so that guys and gals around the world could drop one in their project for instant, insatiable power.
The LS9 is a supercharged 6.2L that produces 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque. It features high-rpm-validated lightweight reciprocating parts, titanium intake valves, forged internals and high-flow cylinder heads that draw the charge forced on them by a sixth-generation supercharger. It has a high-helix (twist) design that helps the “blower” deliver greater power at the low end and sustains it longer through the rpm band for broad, on-demand power, whether off-idle or at speed. In short, a technological marvel.
Some things to keep in mind if you’re considering this engine for your next project:
●Includes the dry sump oil pan and provisions for the charge cooler’s liquid cooling system.
●It also includes a nine-bolt crankshaft flange that may require an adapter for use with some transmissions.
●You’ll need an external oil tank,* and an external coolant tank* (for the charge cooler). *Although these items are not currently available from Chevrolet Performance, check with your Chevrolet Performance dealer for updates.
●You’ll also need an ECU/wire harness (LS9 Controller Kit pn: 19299462).
All of this technology and all of this power in a package that is designed, engineered and backed by Chevrolet. Interested? Contact your local Chevrolet Performance dealer or hop on over to the LS9 page on Chevrolet Performance’s site, here.
Watch the entire review video by Car Advice on the HSV GTSR W1 by clicking right HERE.