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This 1967 Nova Has Turbo Power

On the opening day of the 2015 Hot Rod Power Tour, our notions of what a restored/modified Nova should be were challenged by this 1967 model sporting a turbo four-cylinder engine. Although we’re used to seeing Novas equipped with factory 327s or big block motors beneath the hoods, this restomod may be onto something good.

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All the fuss at the Chevrolet Performance rig at the tour is over theĀ LTG 2.0L turbo crate engine. Although four cylinders all by themselves don’t generate a lot of attention, the twin-scroll turbocharger with over 20 lbs of boost is certainly worth a double take. This configuration puts out 272 hp and more than over 295 lb-ft of torque.

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When the Chevrolet Performance team first acquired this 1967 Nova, it was really nothing more than a roller. They wanted a hot rod, however, and that’s what the team amazingly created in under three weeks. Although there’s plenty to like about this vintage Nova, it’s the engine that steals the proverbial show.

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As Larry Hebert, one of the lead technicians on the Chevrolet Performance team, notes, “We first drove the Cadillac ATS with the same engine and were blown away. At first, we too were skeptical about putting its powertrain in an old muscle car. We’re all hot rodders, and know others out there will be pleasantly surprised with the combo.”

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When you look underneath the hood of this stunning Chevy Nova, the turbo engine is further highlighted by the lack of other components to detract from it, thanks to hidden wiring done by technician Bill Graham. Since this pro touring 1967 Nova with the turbo V4 will be on display at every stop of the 2015 Hot Rod Power Tour, you may even have a chance to look it over in person at a tour stop near you.

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