Engine swaps are nothing new. One of a most common engines to use in the swap is ...
Engine swaps are nothing new. One of a most common engines to use in the swap is GM’s LS1 that was found in models like the Corvette and the Camaro.
This engine is small, light, most importantly, fits into most engine bays. Swapping an LS motor into the car is a bit played out, and the folks over at V12LS decided that they could build the interesting take on the LS motor.
This Australian firm has created the masterpiece: an LS that converted into the V12. GM may have made some of best V8 engines around, but the V12 is truly something special.
V12LS has taken two LS1 V8s, combined them to create the V12 that displaces 580 cubic inches (that is 9.0-liters). Amazingly, the creation still uses the stock internals from the LS1.
This engine was first shown off at last year’s SEMA show in the 1967 Camaro that was built by the Quality Custom Rides. V12LS will now sell the production version of this engine for $35,000 including delivery.
Unlike the prototype, this V12 is not made from two separate LS blocks, ad is instead built from the single block of either aluminum or iron.
The V12 can be ordered in two stages of tune. The Stage 1 produces 600 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Stage 2 bumps output up to 717 horsepower and 650 lb-ft.
The company is also planing the Stage 3 kit, which could crank the output up to 1,000 horsepower with the use of LS7 heads.
The company is also reportedly working on developing the engine with forced induction, which should be the absolute monster. It is nice to see the small firm work on developing the V12 engine.
Many bigger automakers are shying away from the 12-cylinder powerplants because of their poor fuel consumption. It is good to know that Australia still knows how to have the good laugh.
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