If there is one Corvette that’s attracted the most attention at SEMA 2016, it’s the Lingenfelter powered Grand Sport built by Superformance. This Vette looks like it means business—massive fender flares barely cover the tires underneath and aggressive air vents are cut in the hood and quarter panels.
Black powder-coated side-pipes run beneath the doors on either side, but since the car was on the SEMA showroom floor we couldn’t fire it up. Ken Lingenfelter ensured us it sounds fantastic and we believe him. Those supposedly glorious noises are also thanks to the Lingenfelter-built LS3 under the hood.
The 6.2L is topped by Borla Semi-Cross Ram Fuel Injection with eight individual intake stacks coming right off the cylinder heads. Adding to the pleasing visuals of the engine are Lingenfelter custom black anodized two-piece valve covers and Wegner Motorsports black anodized frontend accessory drive. On this particular model, the heads are factory Chevrolet Performance LS3 heads CNC ported and polished by Lingenfelter. Running on 93 octane, the 11.5:1 compression and Lingenfelter GT11 hydraulic roller camshaft help this engine produce an angry 550 horsepower.
The interior of the Corvette looks much more low-key, but still has a few neat touches such as a custom dash insert with Classic Instruments gauges and a race-inspired switch panel.
Superformance and Lingenfelter have really figured out the secret recipe to great looking and performing classic Corvettes that can be tailored to each buyer. The 2-year or 24,000-mile warranty from Lingenfelter on all their engines gives you a little more peace of mind since you will have to spend close to $200,000 for one of these Lingenfelter-branded machines.