1988 monte carlo


Performance potential realized

The LS376/525 crate engine from Chevrolet Performance combines technology and power to deliver legendary performance. And when it comes to building a legend, the Monte Carlo nameplate packs serious potential.

Stock, this particular Monte Carlo SS offered 180 horsepower. That was a thoroughly respectable figure for 1988, but its G-Body platform was capable of handling a lot more thrill. It’s now fit with a Chevrolet Performance Connect & Cruise crate powertrain system. That means it’s kicked horsepower to 525 with the LS376/525, power controlled by the T56 Super Magnum 6-speed transmission.

The convenience of the Connect & Cruise powertrain system also made for a smooth build. Swapping an automatic transmission for a manual, especially with stock purity in mind, can be complex. But whether a dedicated hot-rodder or a passionate DIY fan of a venerable Chevrolet classic, Connect & Cruise makes things easier by combining serious power plants, capable transmissions, electronic controllers, and all the necessary wire harnesses required to bring a dream to life.   

1988 Monte Carlo SS Image Gallery

Subscribe to the Chevy Performance enthusiast monthly newsletter.

Check out Chevrolet Performance product releases, future car builds, and more.


Connect with Chevy Performance.

Unless specifically noted to the contrary herein, vehicles equipped with Chevrolet Performance Parts may not meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and emissions regulations and should not be operated on public roads. Chevrolet Performance customers are responsible for ensuring their use of Chevrolet Performance complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances. Many parts intended for racing or other “off-highway” use are not designed or tested for crashworthiness or to meet the safety needs of the motoring public, and may adversely affect the original intended performance or handling characteristics of the vehicle. These parts are designed and intended to be used with experts supervising their installation and use, to help assure the proper and safe operation of the vehicle.