Displayed for the first time at this year’s SEMA show, the stunning coupe is powered by a 2.0-liter LTG crate engine that makes 272 horsepower thanks to a direct fuel-injection system and a large turbocharger. By comparison, the carbureted and naturally-aspirated 5.3-liter V8 that the Nova SS shipped with in 1967 generated 275 hp, while the smaller 4.6-liter V8 that was also offered that year churned out just 195 ponies. Chevrolet is seemingly out to prove that there’s indeed a replacement for displacement.
The Nova’s original four-speed transmission has been replaced by a modern six-speed manual unit. The lighter drivetrain reduces the Nova’s weight and gives it an enthusiast-approved 50/50 weight distribution. It also allows the coupe to reach 60 mph from a stop in a brisk 6.2 seconds. Powerful disc brakes on all four corners and an air suspension system on both axles round out the major mechanical modifications.
The four-cylinder engine easily fits in the Nova’s cavernous engine bay because it’s much smaller than the eight-cylinder it replaces. However, Chevrolet mechanics had to make minor modifications to the coupe’s transmission tunnel in order to shoehorn in the six-speed manual gearbox.
No SEMA concept would be complete without a long list of exterior modifications. The hot-rodded Nova delivers with a Black Gold paint job, custom Z/28-style 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped by low-profile rubber, a billet aluminum grille, as well as narrowed and tucked bumpers on both ends. Finally, the Bowtie has shaved off the door handles and replaced them with electronic latch releases for a sleeker look.
Enthusiasts who want to breathe new life into their Nova by performing a similar conversion can order all of the parts necessary from Chevrolet’s Performance division.
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