Understanding the ‘LSA’ Engine: Definition and Vehicles Featuring This Powerhouse

General Motors created the LSA engine with performance in mind. Naturally, the exact numbers of that performance will differ from vehicle to vehicle. However, if there’s one thing the supercharged V8 is capable of, it’s producing impressive horsepower and torque no matter the body surrounding it. So, which cars can you find GM’s LSA engine in?

GM introduced the LSA engine with the Cadillac CTS-V. The performance-driven engine appeared in the second-generation sedan, coupe, and wagon models of the CTS-V from 2008 (the 2009 model) to 2013. It produced 580 hp at 6100 RPM and 556 lb-ft of torque at 3800 RPM. From there, GM put the supercharged LSA engine inside the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 between the years of 2012 and 2015. The coupe and convertible models generated 556 hp at 6100 RPM and 551 lb-ft of torque at 3800 RPM.

The LSA engine also found success outside of the United States, with short but successful runs in both the United Kingdom and Australia. In the land down under, Holden Special Vehicles, the former subsidiary of General Motors, included the supercharged engine in the 2014 HSV GTS. And across the pond, Vauxhall Motors put the Camaro engine in the 2014 Vauxhall VXR8, taking inspiration from Holden’s GTS.

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