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This article includes a brief history and summarization of the modern LS Chevrolet engine series in relationship to the General Motors performance vehicles. These include the C6 C5 Corvette, the SS Trailblazer, and the retired 4th and new 5th Gen Camaro. The older Firebirds had these motors too. The Cadillac V series and the Australian Holden performance models also use these engines.  You also might relate to these motors in the Pontiac GTO, pickups, vans, ski boats, or hundreds of other applications, but here we concern ourselves mainly with the modern Corvettes.
The LS V8 GM engine series was preceded by the LT V8 engines.
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2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Corvette C6R Race Car photos
The modern LS engines are generally made of aluminum for automobiles, and cast iron for the truck versions. The exception to this rule is the performance oriented Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS hot rod SUV complete with an LS3 V8 (not all TrailBlazers have the high output V8 – only the SS).
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Camaro 5th Generation picture
The 2010 SS Camaro will also use the LS3 with the manual transmissions, and a L99 fuel economy version of the LS3 V8 which is part of the automatic transmissions package.
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Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS images
The Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS uses the 6.0L LS2 V8.
All these performance engines are aluminum.
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V8 SFI Engine 2001 pictures
* The LS1 346 CID (5.7L) was the base Corvette C5 engine between 1997 and 2004 (except for the Z06 model). It was rated at 350 horsepower max. The Holden, Camaro, Firebird, and GTO also used this motor at the time.
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LS2 Chevy engine pictures
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* The LS2 364 CID (6.0L) V8 was the standard Corvette C6 motor from 2005-2007. This engine was also used in the Cadillac CTS-V, Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS, 2004-2007 Holden Special Vehicles with V8's, the Pontiac GTO, and others.
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2008 Chevrolet Corvette LS3 6.2L V8 (LS3) Engine image
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2008 Chevrolet Corvette LS3 6.2L V8 (LS3) Engine cutaway image
* The LS3 376 CID (6.2L) V8 became the standard Corvette engine in 2008. It starts out at around 430 horsepower. Holden vehicles (a popular Australian performance vehicle name) also uses the LS3, as does the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac G8 GXP.
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LS4 5.3L V8 - Impala SS engine picture
* The LS4 325 CID (5.3L) V8 was designed for front wheel drive vehicles. Recent GM performance vehicles that use or used this are the Pontiac Grand Prix GXP, Chevrolet Impala SS, Monte Carlo SS, and the Buick LaCrosse Super.
* There is no LS5 in recent production runs, though there was an old school 1970's big block "rat" LS5 motor of the yesteryear original muscle cars days.
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Corvette Z06 LS6 Engine photos
* The LS6 is a high output (HO) version of the LS1 and was found in the C5 Z06, and some Cadillac V performance cars. The LS6 is basically a high output version of the LS1 (same engine size 6.0L) with a strengthened block structure too.
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LS7 2006 7.0L V-8 motor pictures
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 LS7 cutaway images
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 LS7 427 c.i. or 7.0L engine picture
* The LS7 engine is found in today's Corvette C6 as the 427 CID(7.0L) V8 found in the Z06. There is also a LS7.R version race motor found in the C6.R race cars. Note that a 1970's big block "rat motor" 454 CID was also tagged as an LS7.
The LS7 and LS9 are hand built by Master GM Mechanics. See video below.
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C6.R Race Car picture
* There is no LS8 in production. There was an old LS8 "Iron Duke" in the 70's. There is also much talk of a 500+ horsepower 6.2L supercharged LS8 HO small block V8 for a new Limited Production Camaro. They will need this to deal with the Shelby Mustang and a few others. This engine is said to already have been fully designed outside of meeting some regulatory standards related to upcoming CAFE standards.
GM LS9 ZR1 engine high resolution image
LS9 ZR1 6.2L V8 engine photo
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LS9 ZR1 6.2L V8 engine cutaway picture
* The LS9 is the 2010 (released in 2009) ZR1 high output (HO) supercharged 376 CID (6.2L) V8. The LS9 was chosen for the ZR1 because of its superior block strength for use with the Roots type supercharger. It is basically a blown and race-hardened version of the durable LS3 found in today's standard Corvette.
LSX 454 GM Crate Engine available to the public through GM performance parts
Cast Iron LSX GM Performance built 454 CID V8 engine pictures © GM Corp
GM Performance Parts has an LSX cast iron racing engine available, which is basically a relatively inexpensive and super sturdy block for drag racing type events. See this LSX picture gallery or the one at Lastly, the LS-X is the only motor in this discussion that is not composed from an aluminum block. It is rock solid cast iron.
LSA 6.2L V8 GM high res images
LSA 6.2L V8 GM motor pics
GM also has a 6.2L supercharged LSA engine [PDF] which was designed for Marine usage as well as for the Cadillac V series.
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Technology Developed by GM Racing for the Corvette Race Car picture
General Motors is always working with engineering development in regards to high performance engines (as shown above). 

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Chevrolet Corvette LS engine related Videos:
GM Corvette Engine Assembly LS2

2009 Corvette ZR1 LS9 Engine Build

Corvette C6.R Video
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