LS9 crate motor costs more than most cars

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I felt this was newsworthy :rofl:

General Motors did power junkies a solid when it announced at this past year's SEMA show that the famed LS9 engine will be offered as a crate motor. Because the LS9 was designed to live within the tight confines of the Corvette ZR1 engine bay, this engine should fit nicely into all manner of undeserving machinery, a fact that has made our minds reel with endless possibilities.

All that was before we heard the price. As much fun as it would be to drop a ready-made 630-hp supercharged whale-of-a-motor into, say, a Volvo 240 wagon, the $21,000 price tag is a bit of a buzzkill. To put it another way, the LS9 crate motor costs about the same as a base 2010 Ford Mustang. The high price isn't all that shocking, especially considering that Ford charges $17,699 for the 500-horsepower, supercharged 5.4L crate engine that's offered through its Ford Racing Catalog.

As our friends at Autofiends point out, though, anyone with a modicum of experience would be able to eke out even more ponies from a less exotic, standard LS-series engine, which can be had for a song if you're willing to look hard enough. Oh well, like many of the finer things in life, this crate motor is something to be enjoyed by only a limited few with deep pockets.
 

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IMO the LS9 is worth the 4k bump over the GT500 motor.
 

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that isnt that bad at all. Think about some of the motors out there and that is super cheap for what u get. Some of the motors for the MB sl cars go for over $120,000 and they dont even come close to that motor.
 

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so what would it come out to with a worthy 6spd trans / good suspension , ls9 and that $7,000 camaro shell ?

$50K for an LS9 camaro sounds nice..
 

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so what would it come out to with a worthy 6spd trans / good suspension , ls9 and that $7,000 camaro shell ?

$50K for an LS9 camaro sounds nice..
You could build a better motor than the LS9 plus full suspension, trans, and the cost of the car for probably around 30-35k.
 

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awd ariel atom with an ls9 via a porsche trans.

yay/nay
 

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whats the warranty on the LS9? You're paying for the research that went into making that motor (i would hope) bulletproof if maintained properly.
 

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IMO the LS9 is worth the 4k bump over the GT500 motor.
From what I've heard, the motor that came in the Ford GT was built VERY well. I don't know if it was that similar of a motor, but Heffner performance squeezed more than 800 hp out of a stock bottom and top end. I would say its pretty good on the reliability aspect.
 

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From what I've heard, the motor that came in the Ford GT was built VERY well. I don't know if it was that similar of a motor, but Heffner performance squeezed more than 800 hp out of a stock bottom and top end. I would say its pretty good on the reliability aspect.
For 60k i'd hope its good.
 

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fuck that. schwartz performance 1000hp twin turbo LS7 for $50K. you can keep your ford junk.

 
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fuck that. schwartz performance 1000hp twin turbo LS7 for $50K. you can keep your ford junk.

That is just the replacement price, or crate motor. I can only imagine what a new Enzo more costs or a new Veyron motor.
 

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my ultimate dream if i was rich would be to buy 2 enzos and smash them into each other in front of the ferrari dealer i bought them at....thats how much i dont care about ferrari's. so fuck yea to turbo LS7 in enzo...then paint it like sky blue just because.
 

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