SEMA 2015

Is This Chevrolet's Way Of Hinting The End Of The V8 Is Coming?

Please, please no.

It wasn’t so long ago that you could buy a new non-sports car, such as a Ford Crown Victoria, with a V8. Instead today we’re seeing many of those V8s being swapped for twin-turbo V6s. That would be you, Ford. But hot rods and muscle cars sans eight cylinders? This time it’s Chevrolet saying it’s possible. Set to appear at SEMA in Las Vegas, is this restomod 1967 Chevy Nova. Built by Chevrolet Performance engineers, it’s not powered by a V8 but rather that new 2.0-liter turbo-four banger with 272 hp, which can also be had in the new Camaro.

Chevy wants to make a point: the new turbo-four crate engine can be an alternative to old school V8s. It offers comparable power to the 275 hp 327 5.3-liter V8 originally offered in the ’67 Nova SS – and more than the 283 4.6-liter V8 (195 hp) found in the Chevy II Nova lineup. The lighter, all-aluminum turbo-four with direct injection also helps to give this black and gold-painted Nova an ideal 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution, and the original four-speed manual has been replaced with a modern six-speed manual. All told, the Nova 2.0 makes the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a respectable 6.2 seconds.

Other features added include a billet aluminum grille, narrowed and tucked bumpers, shaved door handles with electronic latch releases, custom wheels and four-wheel disc brakes. The modern suspension has also been given height-adjustable airbags. All of these parts, including the engine and gearbox, can be bought directly from Chevrolet Performance. But would you drop a turbo-four instead of a V8 into your restomod?

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