What is the best LS engine for a swap?
What engine is best for an LS swap? In short, the best engine for your LS or Vortec swap is the one you can afford. Sure, we would all love a shiny new LS3 crate engine from Chevrolet Performance or a rebuilt 5.3L long-block from Summit Racing, but once we crunch the numbers that’s not always possible.
How much HP can a 5.3 LS make?
The stock 5.3L is factory rated around 320 hp with 340 lb-ft of torque. Most people will tell you 500-550 rwhp is a reasonably safe limit to push a stock bottom end.
How much does an LS engine cost?
A complete new LS1 engine, including everything but the computer, is $4900. A complete new LS6 engine, again with everything except the computer, is $6300.