Corvette C6 Engine

Corvette C6 Engine

2005-2013 Corvette Engine Parts, Performance Engine Internals and LS Upgrade Parts

Your Corvette C6 engine is the heartbeat of everything that makes it great. Chevrolet’s LS series V8 engines have become legendary for their tunability, and they’ve been at their best under the hood of the 2005-2013 Corvette. If you’re not a C6 or Corvette history buff, you may be wondering why so many Corvette engine parts and exhaust parts fit either 2005-2007 models or 2008-2013 Corvettes. After all, they’re all C6 Corvettes, right? Yes, but Chevrolet changed the base Corvette engine from the LS2 to the LS3 for the 2008 model year. The Corvette Z06 retained its monster LS7 from launch in 2006 through the end of the C6 generation in 2013.

The C6 Corvette base LS2 engine saw 400 hp from 6 liters of displacement, and is considered a Generation IV small-block V8. Many small improvements and design differences set it apart from the LS1 Corvette engine found in the C5. For 2008, the Corvette base engine became the LS3 V8, with a larger bore giving it 6.2 liters of displacement. As most C6 Corvette enthusiasts know, the LS3 pumped out 430 hp. This Corvette engine was also available with a dual-mode exhaust system, which why you see some differences in aftermarket Corvette exhaust systems. Power from the LS3 rises to 436 when the dual-mode exhaust was specified.

Whether LS2 or LS3 (or LS7 or LS9), the Corvette C6 V8 engine is a robust piece of hardware that can handle significant horsepower upgrades. That doesn’t mean you can just start spraying nitrous and adding boost to your heart’s content, though. Up to a point, the stock Corvette engine will handle the additions, but when you start getting to four-digit horsepower numbers, strengthening the stock C6 Corvette engine internals is a smart move. New bearings, connecting rods, pistons and other high-performance 2005-2013 Corvette engine parts will allow your LS V8 to deliver to its full capability.

Vette Lab carries the C6 Corvette engine parts you need to hit your horsepower goals. We’re constantly adding new Corvette parts as we get a chance to install and test them in customer cars, so if you don’t see the Corvette C6 engine upgrade you’re looking for yet, send us a note and we can probably get it. And as always, if you’re in the Detroit metro area, Vette Lab would be happy to develop a horsepower-boosting plan for your 2005-2013 Corvette and install everything you need in our state-of-the-art full-service shop. Just drop us a line and let us know your Corvette horsepower goals!