These dream engine swaps would be hilarious.
Chevrolet just released the new 2022 COPO Camaro, which comes with an available 572-cubic-inch Big Block; that's a 9.37-liter V8, for those who prefer the metric system. You can purchase the track-only COPO 572 model for $105,500, but it only produces 430 horsepower at that price. Chevy's 427-cubic-inch and supercharged 350-cubic-inch engines produce more power, 470 and 600 hp, respectively. But for those who crave displacement and want more firepower than what the COPO offers, you can purchase the Big Block engine separately and install it into any car, assuming it will fit.
The ZZ572 Big Block is offered with either 621 or 727 horsepower. You'll pay around $20,000 for the latter, but the crate engine is currently on sale for about $16,000. Chevy says this engine could propel a car down the quarter-mile in the nine-second range. Here are five cars we'd drop the Big Block into with an unlimited budget.
The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe already produces plenty of power from its 6.2-liter LT2 V8. Chevy will soon introduce a faster Z06 model with a flat-plane crank V8, likely producing around 600 hp. While the Z06 should give Italian exotics something to worry about, we can't help but wonder what the C8 would feel like with a massive 9.3-liter V8 behind the driver. The Big Block engine would ruin the weight distribution and there's no way it would play nice with the C8's seven-speed dual-clutch transmission; this is a dream engine swap, after all.
Talk about a sleeper car. The Chevy SS was always an under-the-radar vehicle with Malibu styling and a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 under the hood. Many people like to add a supercharger, making the SS more like its Australian Holden HSV counterparts, but we suggest dropping in the ZZ572 Big Block. Just imagine having a spacious four-door sedan with unassuming looks and over 700 hp. If what we've just described doesn't sound hilarious, you need a new sense of humor.
Speaking of the land down under, we had to include the Australian Holden Maloo Ute for this list. While Chevy only felt generous enough to give Americans a 415-hp LS3, Holden went so far as to offer a supercharged LSA rated at 580 hp in the GTS Maloo. We love utes like the Maloo, as they funnel the spirit of the old El Camino for a modern era. Though these are no longer in production, we'd love to see someone swap a Big Block and create the most outrageous ute ever.
We move realms pretty significantly here with the Cadillac Escalade. This lumbering behemoth currently packs a 6.2-liter V8 with 460 hp, but we'd like to see it get a 9.3-liter with over 700 hp. We imagine the added power would help the Escalade keep up with a Durango Hellcat, while also improving its 7,700-pound towing capacity. Forget pulling a sailboat, a Big Block Escalade could rip a tree stump out of the ground with 608 lb-ft of torque. Of course, the more humble Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon are viable alternatives.
While all of our picks would likely put a grin on any GM enthusiast's face, most are likely impossible, even with an unlimited budget. Most people who buy the Big Block crate motor use it for drag racing, oftentimes in an older vehicle. We'd love to see a restomod project with the ZZ572, something like a K5 Blazer or C10 pickup truck. Vintage cars better suit the character of a rumbling Big Block crate motor, and they often have enough space under the hood to accommodate it.