Beware The Van, Man: Chevy Will Offer 401hp 6.6L V8 In 2021 Express – Yes, Factory Stock 400hp Vans Are A Thing Now

Beware The Van, Man: Chevy Will Offer 401hp 6.6L V8 In 2021 Express – Yes, Factory Stock 400hp Vans Are A Thing Now

(Words and photos by Tom Lohnes) – The Chevy van has been a staple of the company lineup since 1961. The original unit was a rear-engine, flat-six powered van based off of the Corvair chassis. The second generation of the van was basically the same, but this time offering V8 power and revised looks. The third generation of the van came out in 1971, and its front engine design and boxy front end begun to take shape into what the modern Chevy van would eventually turn out to be. 1978 brought another redesign, but not nearly as significant as its older brother. This generation of van would run 24 years, to later be replaced by the Express van in 1995. It hasn’t had a significant update since 2003, but now there is one. Starting in 2021, you can option a 401 Horsepower, 6.6 Liter gas V8 into an Express van.

For reference, in the last couple years, the top engine in the Express has been the tried and true 6.0-liter Vortec V8 making 341 horsepower and 373 lb.-ft of torque. Adding 60 horsepower and 53 lb.-ft should make this Rear-wheel drive van pretty fun to drive. Starting around $35,000, the 6.6 Liter V8 is not quite ready to be offered yet so don’t go hustling to the dealer tomorrow to score one. Currently you can get a 2.8 Liter Duramax I-4, the ancient 4.3 Liter Vortec V6, and the aforementioned 6.0 Liter Vortec V8. The 6.6 is not new, just simply ripped out of the heavy-duty Silverado trucks.

In conclusion, don’t let your Civic get gapped by a van. Watch out for any Expresses you see on the road, because they could very well be packing this monster of an engine. Ford also offers a variant of their Transit van with an Ecoboost 3.5 Liter twin turbo V6, but the Transit is Front wheel drive. The moral of the story? Watch out for an American van, the dude at the flower shop may take you down at a test-n-tune night at the drags.

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13 thoughts on “Beware The Van, Man: Chevy Will Offer 401hp 6.6L V8 In 2021 Express – Yes, Factory Stock 400hp Vans Are A Thing Now

  1. john

    Here comes the lowering kits, headers, fender flares roll bar/cages …..and airbrush murals. Shades of the ’70s!

  2. Matt

    The Transit Connect is FWD. The larger Transit, available in 150, 250, and 350 variants, is RWD with an option for AWD coming.

  3. bob

    Not to worry. Traction control will take all the fun out of it. You can’t permanently kill the TC on these vans. I have one with a 6.0.

  4. Mopar440(535)

    The only real van left!!!

    I am a Mopar guy but their vans are not Mopar!! Sure a Pentastar V6 but thats it!

  5. Danno

    Chevy vans have been the lowest rated American vans for years and this nice engine option won’t change things with potential buyers.

  6. Truckin' Ted

    I’m a Ford guy, and you couldn’t give me Ford van that they’ve made the last 15 years. I rented a Penske cargo type van, (GMC), with a 6.0 liter from Texas to the east coast pulling my race car 3 years ago. Pulled it over the Blue Ridge Mountains without ANY problems, and it had over 55,000 miles.

  7. Rusty

    Time to see young kids get smoked and gapped by uncle’s or dad’s van. Sure do miss the 86 or 88 G20 van, kinda reminds me of good times as a kid in early – mid 00’s

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