Looks can be deceiving.

In a bid to bring the best of both worlds, Chevrolet has swapped out some of the 1969 Chevelle’s original internals to make room for the company’s latest tech. Lurking underneath the hood is a new direct-injected LT376/535 crate engine based on the LT1 powering the Corvette. In this application, it has received different camshafts and heads to squeeze an extra 75 horsepower (56 kilowatts) for a grand total of 535 hp (399 kW).

Not only does it have a new engine, but this second-gen Chevelle is also rocking a modern SuperMatic 4L75-E four-speed transmission capable of distributing as much as 650 pound-feet (881 Newton-meters) of torque to the wheels. Speaking of which, the car is riding on a new set of 18-inch front and 20-inch rear polished alloys complemented by a substantially lowered ride height thanks to an air suspension to make the Chevelle worthy of its “Slammer” name.

Chevy says it has also made some subtle changes to the black body to lend the car a sleeker appearance while retaining the desirable classic lines. There are even more changes than meets the eye, as hiding underneath the lovely sheet metal are modern brakes borrowed from the latest Camaro.

The interior cabin has also been subjected to a few changes and it has been trimmed and painted in Adrenaline Red. Chevy took the 2016 Camaro’s seats and placed them inside the Chevelle, while the custom gauges denote the concept is powered by a new engine.

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Chevy will have the Chevelle Slammer concept on display until Friday at SEMA where it shares the spotlight with an all-modern Camaro Slammer. These two are just the tip of the iceberg, with Chevy showcasing around 20 cars in Las Vegas, including a Camaro Turbo AutoX concept, a customized Colorado ready for the beach, and a bunch of new performance parts.

Source: Chevrolet

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