There were a lot of stunning concept cars debuting at Chevrolet’s press conference at SEMA 2015, but when this restored ’67 Nova rolled out onto the stage, the gasps from the normally jaded media were a treat to hear.
“The turbocharged 1967 Nova 2.0 is a contemporary hot rod with timeless style that demonstrates the evolution of high-performance and the latest in crate-engine technology,” explained the Chevy representative once the applause had died down.
The Vintage Nova showcases the “LTG” direct-injected 2.0L turbo crate engine as an alternative to the conventional V-8 conversions. With a 272 horsepower rating, it offers comparable power to the 275-hp 327 (5.3L) V-8 originally offered in the ’67 Nova SS – and more power than the 195-hp 283 (4.6L) V-8 also offered in the Chevy II Nova lineup.
The all-iron V-8 has been replaced with an all-aluminum turbo-four, for a more enviable 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution. In addition, in place of the original four-speed transmission is a modern says six-speed manual.
The modern, lightweight powertrain helps the Nova 2.0 jump from 0 to 60 mph in only 6.2 seconds.
The LTG crate engine, the electronic control unit, the engine accessory-drive system and even the six-speed manual transmission – and requisite installation kit – are all available from Chevrolet Performance.
In addition to its modern powertrain, the Black Gold-painted Nova 2.0 acts as a showcase for other classic hot rod components: a billet aluminum grille, narrowed and tucked bumpers, shaved door handles with electronic latch releases, custom 17-inch Z/28-style wheels, and four-wheel disc brakes. The suspension has been updated with height-adjustable air bags, front and rear, and triangulated 4-link design in the rear.
While Chevy’s new concepts will undoubtedly result in new products for the consumer and performance market, it’s always exciting to see them look to their history to showcase innovations in power and performance.