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The Engine Was Originally Meant For Boats

LS V16 Engine

Sixteen Power, LLC turned a lot of heads at the 2019 SEMA Show last month, which considering all that there is to see there, is a pretty difficult thing to do. But when there’s a twin-supercharged LS V16 engine just sitting there, in the open, even the most desensitized among us tend to notice. However, there was one major downside with that engine on display: it was meant for boats only. But at the 2019 PRI Show in Indianapolis last week, Sixteen Power debuted another V16, this time fit for automotive use.

The LS V16 engine went on to win the PRI Master of Motors trophy.

“Deleting water cooled headers and heat exchangers, converting front accessory drive and throttles position appropriate to vehicle” were some of the changes that were needed for the conversion, Sixteen Power told MC&T. And where boats modulate speed with a throttle, the dynamic of multi speed transmissions in automobiles open up valve timing choice to allow higher RPM. More RPMs are good!

Katech put the finishing touches on the sixteen cylinder small block engine, which from the sounds of it below, sounds pretty much just like a small block Corvette racing engine at full tilt.

In terms of power output, the range is wide but impressive. Starting at 900 horsepower and going up the scale through 1,200 hp it can make as high as 1,400 hp in naturally aspirated form. There are options for 1,600 supercharged horsepower and a staggering 2,200 horsepower quad-turbo variant. The engine block was designed to accept standard and aftermarket LS-style V8 cylinder heads and intake manifolds. This allows for more flexibility through more efficient maintenance and upgrades.

Sixteen Power LS V16 engines will be tested in the spring of 2020 in one of the company partner’s 42-foot MTI catamarans. And if you want one, you better have at least $100,000 ready. But that’s for the marine application. Pricing and production timeline for the automotive LS V16 is not yet finalized.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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