Originally Posted by Digital Dillon
Just helped my dad and his friend build a LS1-turbocharged Camaro that made 800 horsies. It was about $12000 total. My dad, myself, and the owner of the car did everything but the custom exhaust and machining of the head and valves.
$12000 is a big chunk of cash but compared to some builds on here, it doesn't look like much.
But... it's apples to oranges. I like my Jap-Crap and Murican' muscle but each have very different strengths and weaknesses.
Edit: and the 800hp monster made this power with some fuel pressure problem. The car is all stock on the outside. Only thing that gives it away is the turbo hanging out the back side haha. And the exhaust is very mild, almost factory/sport in sound level. Those LS motors are easy to hit crazy numbers.
My other favorite motor that can shoot big on a low budget is the 2jz
its really cheap and easy to get big numbers out of muscle cars (12 grand is still considered a "budget" build).