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Corvette Engines from the '80s

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While many earlier engines were carried over for 1980 and 1981, 1982 saw the introduction of the L83 which was used as a production test-bed of the early L98 to be installed in the new body design in 1984.  One 1980 Corvette has the dubious honor of being the low-water-mark of Corvette V-8 engine evolution; the California-only LG4 305 CID rated at 180 HP.  Unfortunately, (or fortunately?) these cars are rare so I have yet to find a picture of an LG4 installed in a Corvette -- although there are pictures of the engine installed in other GM cars. (If you have a good picture of an original installation of an LG4, please email me at jac@jacnsue.com .)

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The early L98 (1984) used twin throttle body fuel injection units on a 350 CID engine to produce 205 HP.

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In 1985 this engine was fitted the first tuned-port injection unit and horsepower was on its way back up -- this time to 230 HP.  The L98 would eventually produce 245 HP in its last incarnation in 1991.

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The high water mark in the 1980's was probably the B2K 350 which was actually a modification of an L98 completed by Callaway.  

 

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