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New Chevrolet Performance Program allows customers to help assemble their own LS7 or LS9 Crate Engine

Building an engine is a time-honored tradition in hot rodding and Chevrolet Performance’s new LS7/LS9 engine-build program allows you to enjoy that magical do-it-yourself feeling, while still enjoying the value of a factory-engineered, warranted crate engine.

The new program features part number 19259944 for the LS7 which has an MSRP of $22,756.10 and 19259945 for the LS9 which has an MSRP of $32,050.00. The actual dealer price for each may vary. Either engine offers the customer the opportunity to visit GM’s unique Performance Build Center, in Wixom, Mich. While at the build center, you will join one of the specially trained engine builders and assist in the start-to-finish assembly of the engine you have purchased – from installing the crankshaft in the cylinder block to topping off the engine with its intake system. In the case of the LS9, it also means installing the supercharger assembly.

Upon completion, a personalized nameplate is added to the engine next to the GM builder’s name, marking the engine as a true one-of-a-kind.

The program is similar to the Corvette Engine Build Experience that allows Corvette Z06 and ZR1 customers to participate in the assembly of the engine destined for their car. In fact, all of the parts and procedures used to build the Chevrolet Performance crate-engine versions of the LS7 (part number 19211710) and LS9 (part number 19201990) are identical.

When a customer orders the build experience, the Chevrolet Performance dealer submits the order to General Motors. A special concierge then contacts the customer to verify participation and help coordinate arrangements. While travel arrangements to and from Metro Detroit are the customer’s responsibility, the concierge helps schedule the engine build; coordinates the customer’s activities at the Performance Build Center; assists with booking local lodging and meals; and arranges ground transportation in the area.

This unique program is possible because of the hand-assembly processes used at the 100,000-square-foot Performance Build Center, which weaves the best practices of low-volume niche manufacturers and the established quality and manufacturing standards at GM to ensure the highest-quality specialized engines.

The personally assembled engines carry Chevrolet Performance’s 24-month/50,000-mile limited warranty. See complete details at www.GMPerformanceParts.com.

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