GM Flies the ICE Flag with Latest Small-Block V8

Amid all the headline-grabbing electrified powertrains being launched, General Motor’s unveils a new small-block ICE to make traditionalist hearts swell.

Following in the footsteps of Detroit’s finest engines, the GM motor is an all-new 350 small-block engine 5.7-liter, 350 cubic-inch V-8 replacement, as the automaker trumpets, “highlights the great features of the iconic engine and is never remanufactured or reverse engineered”.

The motor is designed as a direct replacement for a wide variety of GM vehicles including:

◾Gen 1 covering trucks, vans and SUVs from 1987-1995

◾Gen 1e LD covering light-duty trucks from 1996-2002

◾Gen 1e HD covering heavy-duty trucks from 1996-2002

Its major technical features include new four-bolt main blocks that are not remanufactured and are roller camshaft ready and mechanical fuel pump capable, new cylinder head and block castings, race-proven forged steel crankshafts for durability, new valve covers, oil pan and timing cover, dipstick tube provisions on both sides. The engine also comes with a three-year/100,000-mile limited warranty.

Andrew McKittrick, manager of GM’s propulsion portfolio, said: “Building on the history and versatility of the original 350 first available in Chevrolet models such as the Camaro and Corvette, this engine continues to deliver. Every GM Genuine Parts engine incorporates our very latest engineering technology and product enhancements to offer a reliable and dependable product for our customers.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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