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Chevrolet Performance Built The Chevy II That Never Was for SEMA 2015

Banger Turbo Nova at SEMA Now!

John Gilbert Nov 2, 2015
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This could be an argument starter for those unaware of the past. Chevrolet built turbocharged engines in the early 1960s, and it offered a 153-inch Super Thrift four-cylinder engine available in a Chevy II. But, never did the twain meet until the engineers at Chevrolet Performance decided to stuff its 2.0 liter turbo crate engine into a 1967 Nova.

Chevrolet Performance engineers built the turbo 4-banger to showcase the LTG direct-injected 2.0L turbo crate engine as an alternative to conventional V-8 conversions. Rated at 272 horsepower, it offers comparable power to the 275-hp 327ci (5.3L) V-8 originally offered in the ’67 Nova SS – and more than the 195-hp 283ci (4.6L) V-8 also offered in the Chevy II lineup.

SEMA Nova Turbo 2 0 Passenger Side 2/5

With a curb weight of approximately 3,100 pounds, the 327-powered Nova SS was widely praised in its day for a strong power-to-weight ratio, which helped make it one of the industry’s quicker muscle cars. That performance advantage is amplified in the Chevrolet Performance concept, as the all-iron V-8 has been replaced with an all-aluminum turbo-four, for a more enviable 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution. And, in place of the original four-speed transmission is a modern six-speed manual.

The modern, lightweight powertrain helps the Nova 2.0 sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds.

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SEMA Nova Turbo 2 0 1962 4 Cylinder 4/5

For those interested in a hot 4-banger conversion, the LTG crate engine, the electronic control unit, the engine accessory-drive system and even the six-speed manual transmission – and requisite installation kit – are all available from Chevrolet Performance.

In addition to its modern powertrain, the Black Gold-painted Nova 2.0 is home to a host of contemporary hot-rodding touches, including a billet aluminum grille, narrowed and tucked bumpers, shaved nether regions with electronic latch releases, custom 17-inch Z/28-style wheels – in a satin bronze finish – and four-wheel disc brakes. The suspension has been updated with height-adjustable air bags, front and rear, and a triangulated 4-link in the rear.

The turbocharged Nova 2.0 will be shown along with 20 Chevrolet concepts and production vehicles this week at the SEMA Show, in Las Vegas.

SEMA Nova Turbo 2 0 Concept Illo 5/5

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