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I've been waiting for this a long time. GM Performance Parts shouldn't be limited to carbureted V8 crate engines.
Full Autoweek article here:
New-car buyers who modify their vehicles spend an average on $1,400 on extras. Popular items include computer chips and forced-air induction systems, as well as the usual popular aftermarket accessories such as custom wheels.
But for many drivers, brute horsepower reigns supreme. And dealers and automakers are answering the call.
Evidence of that will be on display this week at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas.
GM also plans to introduce a crate version of its four-cylinder 2.2-liter Ecotec engine. It's a supercharged motor with about 220 hp.
Before computers took over the engine's fuel and ignition systems, low-tech items such as carburetors, high-lift camshafts, headers and electronic distributors accounted for the bulk of sales of horsepower-increasing parts. But while those items are still popular, the mix is changing to include more computer-driven performance parts.
Hot rodders and performance enthusiasts who want the added power, driveability and reliability of a modern high-tech engine in their older cars and trucks now can buy ready-to-bolt-up fuel injected crate engines with integrated electronic ignitions. These engines come from the factory fully assembled and are complete with a computer that only needs to be wired into the car's electrical system.