There aren’t many engines that carry a legacy quite like the General Motors LS engine. From their many versions found in Corvettes and Camaros over the years, to their easy compatibility for engine swaps, everyone knows and loves the LS engine for what it is. Now, our friends over at Donut Media have given a comprehensive overview of the history and facts on this tried and true power plant. Check out the video below:
With this, you’ve got a thorough guide to everything you need to know about the LS engine lineup and history. The engine family started back in the early 1990s where GM looked to upgrade their small block design. After experimenting with dual-overhead cam design, they felt it was best to stick with what they knew: the pushrod V8.
This engine design gave the low-end torque and immediate power GM was looking for. with further development, they stuck with the small block pushrod V8 and debuted an all new engine in the C5 Corvette. This, of course, is the LS1, and it kicked off a long line of LS motors that are only now being phased out in favor of the direct injection LT motors.
Through the years, the LS engines spawned many variations. They weren’t all in Corvettes or Camaros either. All of the GM brands seemed to get the LS engine, from Australia’s Holden to Cadillac, and even a Saab.
This versatility is what continues to make the LS such a popular and important engine. It’s reliability, compact size, low weight, and ease of instal have made it a prime candidate for all kinds of engine swaps. Not to mention the fact it sounds great and has lots of power.
Now that you understand the story and everything else about the LS, what LS engine and vehicle swap combination would you choose?