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Published 2/14/24

3 Reasons to Love Chevrolet Performance



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Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate the love of your life and the special bond you share. Here at The BLOCK, that means it’s time to take our annual look at the Chevrolet Performance parts, Chevrolet vehicles and special Bowtie programs that are currently making our hearts skip a beat.

The L8P crate engine* makes 523 horsepower and 543 lb.-ft. of torque.

The L8P Crate Engine
It’s what’s inside that counts, and the new L8P crate engine* is impressive in that area. But, it looks good, too. At a staggering 6.6 liters, the 400 cubic-inch L8P is the largest power plant in the Chevrolet Performance LT family. It complements the recently introduced L8T crate,* but the “P” stands for “Performance” as the engine is rated at 523 horsepower and 543 lb.-ft. of torque.

The engine utilizes as its foundation the L8T from the Silverado HD, which has powered the truck from 2020 through today. That engine is known for its large displacement and high strength, utilizing a forged-steel crankshaft and other high-strength parts, high-flow heads and a striking composite intake manifold.

Chevrolet Performance engineers then enhanced the valvetrain components for the L8P. A camshaft based on the Corvette Stingray’s LT2 engine serves as the centerpiece. It has a non-active fuel management profile and offers more lift and duration than the L8P cam. The result is an increase in power, meaning the engine offers high-rpm horsepower to complement the existing impressive torque numbers.

An engine that is good at everything? Consider us smitten.

The 2024 model marks the end of the line for the sixth-generation Camaro.

The 2024 Chevrolet Camaro
When any relationship comes to an end, the saying goes, “Don’t cry that it’s over, smile because it happened.” That’s how we feel about the 2024 Camaro. But although this might be the last year of the Gen Six, the car is going out in style. This year’s model features seven trim levels: 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, LT1, 1SS, 2SS and ZL1. Both coupe and convertible versions are available.

A 3.6L V-6 engine comes standard, while the 6.2L V-8 LT1 engine that powers the LT1 and SS trims is also available. Meanwhile, under the hood of the ZL1 is the supercharged V-8 LT4 powerhouse, cranking out 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. All engines utilize direct injection and each is paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an available 10-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

The 2024 Camaro ZL1 features the supercharged LT4 engine.

A variety of design and performance packages are available on 2024 Camaro models, including a Camaro Collector Edition package featuring Panther Black paint. “Panther” was the original code name for the Camaro project in the 1960s.

Magnetic Ride Control was introduced on the sixth-generation Camaro SS, while the track-focused Camaro ZL1 1LE set the fastest time for any Camaro around GM’s Milford Proving Ground Road Course in Michigan. In addition to stellar performance on the street, the Gen Six Camaro has also found on-track success in racing series including NASCAR, NHRA, IMSA, SRO and the Supercars Championship.

Our love for this model Camaro will be everlasting.

The Chevrolet Performance display will hit a wide range of events this year.

The Chevrolet Performance Rig
They also say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. So, when we get a chance to see the Chevrolet Performance display trailer at an event, it makes us fall in love with all those parts and vehicles all over again.

This year, the Chevrolet Performance rig is set to make stops at close to a dozen events across the United States. They include Goodguys programs, Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions, HOT ROD Power Tour and other renowned shows featuring thousands of cars and trucks.

At each event the trailer will showcase a variety of crate engines,* transmissions, Connect & Cruise Crate Powertrain Systems, performance parts and vehicle upgrades. Plus, catalogs and a knowledgeable tech staff are always on hand, and at most events, both new vehicles and creative restomod builds showcase real-world applications of the parts on display.

That’s a lot to crush on.

Those are just a few of the things we’re vibing with this Valentine’s Day from our beloved Bowtie. Keep watching The BLOCK for many more throughout the year.

*Because of their effect on a vehicle’s emissions performance, these engines are intended exclusively for use in competition vehicles. These engines are designed and intended for use in vehicles operated exclusively for competition: in racing or organized competition on courses separate from public roads, streets or highways. Installation or use of these engines on a vehicle operated on public roads, streets or highways is likely to violate U.S., Canadian, and state and provincial laws and regulations related to motor vehicle emissions.