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Published on 02/14/2019

The LT4: A Love Affair

WORDS:

DAN HODGDON

PHOTOS:

MATT BEST and CHEVROLET

Each year, Valentine’s Day means the calendar is just that much closer to the Daytona 500 and the kickoff of the NASCAR season. That’s not to say we’re not romantic today though. Far from it. We’re very much in love with the LT4 -- the engine that comes under the hood of the road-going Camaro ZL1. Not coincidentally, that particular Camaro model is currently competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

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Published on 02/14/2019
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WORDS:

DAN HODGDON

PHOTOS:

MATT BEST and CHEVROLET

The LT4: A Love Affair

Each year, Valentine’s Day means the calendar is just that much closer to the Daytona 500 and the kickoff of the NASCAR season. That’s not to say we’re not romantic today though. Far from it. We’re very much in love with the LT4 -- the engine that comes under the hood of the road-going Camaro ZL1. Not coincidentally, that particular Camaro model is currently competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

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The road-ready ZL1’s supercharged LT4 engine, which is also the heart of the Corvette Z06, is available as a  wet- or dry-sump crate engine from Chevrolet Performance. The 6.2L V-8 is capable of 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque. It also features a 1.7L Eaton R1740 TVS supercharger, which spins at up to 20,000 rpm and generates upwards of nine pounds of boost. That really makes our heart go pitter-patter.

Of course, life is better together, and the Connect & Cruise crate powertrain system allows the LT4’s power to be put to the ground with an 8L90-E eight-speed automatic transmission. But, if classic style and grace is your thing, the LT4 could also be paired with a T56 Super Magnum six-speed manual like it is in this 1970 Camaro RS from Chevrolet Performance.

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All jokes aside, we’ve even come across some actual love in which the LT4 plays an integral role. Mike McKee and his wife, Angela, celebrate their anniversary each year during HOT ROD Power Tour. We met them in 2018 cruising around the country in a 1967 Nova with an LT4 under the hood.

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The Camaro ZL1 itself meanwhile is a force to be reckoned with on the track, street or drag strip, and it’s easy to see how the lessons learned in the grueling NASCAR Cup Series translate to the street version of the car. In fact, Chevrolet set out to make it “the most authentic connection between track and showroom.” Large upper and lower grille openings, sophisticated aero features like the front splitter and rocker moldings, and aggressive styling, are just a few of the elements that can be found both in Victory Lane on Sunday and the showroom floor on Monday.

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With cars and engines like this available on this holiday, who really needs chocolate?

To see all the other things we love about Chevrolet Performance, keep watching The BLOCK and @theblockdotcom on Instagram throughout the year.

Check out Chevrolet Performance’s Bill Martens go into even more detail about the LT4 in the video below.

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