Signs of life at GM. 401 hp, 6.6L V8 going into Chevy Express.

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    Signs of life at GM. 401 hp, 6.6L V8 going into Chevy Express.

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    When the Chevrolet Express debuted in the mid ‘90s, it happily puttered around with around 200 horsepower. Two and a half decades on and Chevrolet has gifted this utility van its new 6.6-liter V8, good for 401 HP. It’s not what the van needed—it’s what it deserved.

    It’s both surprising and reassuring for me to learn that Chevy has been selling the same van for almost 25 years with almost no changes, and its sales have never dipped lower than 50,000 units a year.

    There’s always been one relatively high-power V8 on the options list, it’s just that now it has crossed into complete bonkers territory. GM is swapping out the older 6.0-liter V8 unit for the new 6.6-liter unit found in the new heavy-duty Chevy Silverado pickups.

    If you’ve ever driven a van, just keep in mind what that was like. Very little weight, very little bull****, only somewhat nerve-racking to drive down city streets. Now add a 401 HP, 464 lb-ft of torque V8 engine into that mix and things are either going to be a lot of fun, or that wedding cake you’re trying to deliver is going to have to be eaten with spoons out of the back of your van.

    Those new power figures beat out the old 6.0-liter V8 by 60 more horsepower and almost 90 lb-ft of torque, which is what comfortably fits into the category of “way, way, way more than enough.”

    The engine itself isn’t just some copy-paste job shared with the average grocery store SUV either. It’s an iron block that appears to be heavily modeled after GM’s aluminum 6.2-liter L86, which is in a lot of mall lot SUVs, but the new 6.6-liter is an iron block and the greater displacement makes for more torque over the 6.2. It’s a beefier engine for a beefier job.

    The new engine will be available on the Express as well as Chevy’s Low Cab Forward trucks starting this summer, though it’s unclear if that will also come with a price change for the biggest V8 option. Currently, the base Express with the 6.0-liter V8 starts at $34,290.

    The best part of this all, though, is that GM isn’t sticking its neck out for the new engine. GM knows what people want; it claims 70 percent of “current” Express owners opted for the most powerful 6.0-liter V8 option, and commercial sales of the model rose by 12 percent last year (though overall Express sales were down compared to 2018).

    This Express is unhinged, but so is America, I guess. You could fit a lot of hand sanitizer in the back of this thing and haul ass to your quarantine pretty quick. It’s the future.
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    Re: Signs of life at GM. 401 hp, 6.6L V8 going into Chevy Express.

    Pretty pissed the 4WD option isn't offered anymore. I would love to make an expedition rig with this engine.

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    Re: Signs of life at GM. 401 hp, 6.6L V8 going into Chevy Express.

    I bet that engine has a lot of untapped power for other non-OEM applications.
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    Re: Signs of life at GM. 401 hp, 6.6L V8 going into Chevy Express.

    So this version of the engine is not in any other GM offerings? Did I read that right? If so, surprising.

    What isn't surprising is that most of the buyers want a V8 - some of these trucks are so loaded down with equipment/parts that a lesser engine probably can barely move them.

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    Re: Signs of life at GM. 401 hp, 6.6L V8 going into Chevy Express.

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    So this version of the engine is not in any other GM offerings? Did I read that right? If so, surprising.

    What isn't surprising is that most of the buyers want a V8 - some of these trucks are so loaded down with equipment/parts that a lesser engine probably can barely move them.
    Ehhh it depends on what you mean by barely move. My 2017 4.8L Express can haul 3,000 lbs just fine, that puts it right at its CGWR of 8,600 lbs.

    It's not quick by any stretch of the imagination but it doesnt struggle either.
    "The car's brilliant and ... a great surprise, pleasant surprise for all Corvette lovers everywhere ... a huge shock to our competitors ... because I don't think anybody was expecting something that good. What pleases me the most about it was that ... I can say this is the first car that's come out, that was done since I left.

    -- Bob Lutz, former vice chairman and head of global product development at GM

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    Re: Signs of life at GM. 401 hp, 6.6L V8 going into Chevy Express.

    Man those flowers will get delivered

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    Re: Signs of life at GM. 401 hp, 6.6L V8 going into Chevy Express.

    Future engine donor vehicle.

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    Re: Signs of life at GM. 401 hp, 6.6L V8 going into Chevy Express.

    Seriously, all these vans need is a high roof option.

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    Re: Signs of life at GM. 401 hp, 6.6L V8 going into Chevy Express.

    I am surprised they didn’t come out with a high roof option too, that is the biggest attraction to the euro vans. High roof option,6cylinder diesel and longer wheelbase and good for another 20 years!

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    Re: Signs of life at GM. 401 hp, 6.6L V8 going into Chevy Express.

    How about an Express SS

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed753 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnjr View Post
    I am surprised they didn’t come out with a high roof option too, that is the biggest attraction to the euro vans. High roof option,6cylinder diesel and longer wheelbase and good for another 20 years!
    You two are too reasonable...

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnjr View Post
    I am surprised they didn’t come out with a high roof option too, that is the biggest attraction to the euro vans. High roof option,6cylinder diesel and longer wheelbase and good for another 20 years!
    do they still offer the 2.8L from the Colorado??
    if so it should be an "EZ" switch to the Silverado's 3.0L

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