From arriving in a crate tp pushing over 4,000 lbs of Land Rover Defender, the small block LS3 is a power-packed V8 perfect for any restomod. The 6.2 L LS3 V8 engine used in your custom Defender is produced by Chevrolet Performance as a “crate engine.” A “crate engine” or “crate motor” is a fully assembled, whole engine shipped directly to the installer in a wooden crate. Various companies manufacture crate engines, but not all of them are suitable for a restored Defender. The LS3 offers a peak output of 430 horsepower at 5900 RPM.
Between 2007 and 2017, it was the factory-installed engine of choice for the 5th generation Camaro SS and C6 Corvette, as well as other high-performance vehicles. As the successor to the 6.0 liter LS2 V8, the new improved version comes equipped with strengthened castings and larger bores. It is destined to make history as one of Chevy’s greatest engines.
The LS3 is built with superior components that are designed for better performance and a longer life. Inside the aluminum block, you will find a sturdy reciprocating assembly made of a combination of L92-style rectangular port heads that deliver an impressive 10.7:1 compression ratio.
With a high-tech GM foundation, aluminum block, and high-flowing rectangular-port heads, the LS3 is the new standard in the small block world. The Chevy LS3 6.2 L has been known to power the new Corvette to a top speed of 190 mph and it can do the same for your custom Defender, as well.
What happens to the LS3 engine after it arrives at our facility? It gets installed into your dream custom Defender. The engine comes from the manufacturer fully assembled, so it is ready to mount.
First, the frame is prepared. All of the old parts are stripped off and the metal is cleaned and processed. Once the frame is ready, the journey of the LS3 begins. Our builds are from the ground up. Every nut and bolt is replaced.
Before the engine can be started up for the first time it needs to be primed. Priming the engine ensures that the engine is full of oil and that all of the vital components are properly sealed and oiled. You never ever want to fire up a dry engine. You will crack the head or cause all sorts of other problems.
The engine goes through one more final check to make sure there are no oil leaks, coolant leaks, or fuel leaks. Once everything is working as it should, your custom Defender is ready for the first fire-up. This is the most exciting part for us – your thrills will begin after your dream car is delivered!
The LS3 6.2 L Chevy engine is ideal for many applications. Any muscle car or Land Rover you can dream of can be built with this powerful little crate. Aside from factory installations in the Camaro and Corvette and retro-mods in the remarkable Land Rover, the LS3 Chevy engine has also been added to many other muscle cars like the 1967 Chevy Nova SS. This versatile, powerful engine is a great choice for your next rebuilt ride.
The fantastic combination of high tech and unparalleled performance makes this an industry leader in the world of V8 engines. The power train kicks out an impressive 430 hp and 424 lb.-ft. of torque. The factory-installed engines in the Corvette boost those numbers to 436 hp and 428 lb.-ft. of torque and have an optional dual-mode exhaust system.
Interested in learning more about building your dream custom Land Rover Defender? Get in touch with us at [email protected] to get started.
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