Brute horsepower wasn’t the LS7’s solely parlor trick, although. It was additionally extraordinarily light-weight on account of its aluminum block and cylinder heads, plus unique titanium connecting rods that helped it rev to a livid 7,000 rpm redline. To maintain this engineering marvel effectively lubricated, a big 8-quart dry sump oiling system was fitted. Usually the area of exotics and flat-out race vehicles, a dry sump prevents oil hunger throughout aggressive acceleration, cornering, and braking.
Apart from the 2006 to 2013 Z06 Corvettes, the LS7 additionally discovered its approach beneath the hood of some Fifth-generation Z/28 Camaros in 2014 and 2015. It was accessible for buy as a crate motor (actually, a totally assembled engine in a picket crate), too, so scorching rodders might retrofit fashionable efficiency into their basic rides, albeit with a hefty $14,837 price ticket.
In 2020, Chevrolet stunned the efficiency group with an up to date model of the LS7, solely accessible as a crate engine, referred to as the LS427/570 (above). The LS427/570 ditched the LS7’s racing-inspired dry-sump oiling system in favor of a standard oil pan, nevertheless it gained a extra aggressive camshaft which bumped the horsepower score to, sure, 570. Torque output additionally jumped to 470 lb-ft. Better of all, the LS427/570 was considerably inexpensive than the LS7 at $12,700. Sadly, each engines have been discontinued in 2022. If it is any comfort, there have been rumblings that the present Z06 Corvette’s 670 horsepower LT6 might be supplied in crate type quickly.