Over the last century, Chevrolet trucks have time and again delivered innovative engines that are nothing short of groundbreaking. From 1929’s “Stovebolt” inline-six engine (120 lb-ft of torque) to the 2.8-liter turbocharged 4C engine (369 lb-ft of torque) that powers many Chevy Colorado models, Chevy trucks have always led the way. In celebration of 100 years of greatness, let’s look back at a few highlights.
Less than 30 years after the Stovebolt’s debut, the Chevy brand scored another coup in 1955 with the release of the first overhead-valve V8 engine. Nicknamed the “Small Block”, this 4.3-liter dynamo generated 238 lb-ft of torque at only 2,000 rpm. So advanced is this engine that today it’s in its fifth generation, powering the 2018 lineup of Chevy trucks.
In the 1980s, the Chevy brand’s automotive acumen was put to the test when the truck industry began moving away from big engines whose main traits were high compression and increased displacement. Chevy trucks didn’t miss a beat, as the group’s engineers began developing high-tech engines utilizing electronic fuel injection. Thus was born an engine that could deliver all the torque (and then some) of earlier engines, but in a smaller package and with much greater efficiency.
2001 saw the birth of a new era, one that affects all of Van Horn Truck Center’s Chevy trucks for sale near Plymouth, WI. Yes, we’re talking about the modern diesel engine era, and it began when the Chevrolet brand unveiled the Duramax 6.6-liter turbo-diesel engine and its unheard-of 520 lb-ft of torque.
Flash-forward to 2018 and the technology has only gotten better: witness the 2018 Chevy Silverado HD model’s available Duramax engine and its jaw-dropping 910 lb-ft of torque – a 75 percent increase in just 16 years! Contact us at Van Horn Truck Center today to learn more about what you can expect from every Chevy truck’s performance.