Whether it merits it or not, the Cross-Fire engines performance often gets a bum rap. Thats not always a bad thing, though. Let me explain. With the competition looking down their noses, the element of surprise is that much more potent. Thats what Steve Oktela is hoping for. He took his 82 Corvette to the Corvette Clinic with the expressed goal of turning up the torch in his Fire, but he still wanted to retain the stock look. Thats exactly what they did.
When looking at the engine, there arent many hints of anything other than stock parts hiding under the air cleaners. That all changes when you hit the gas. This Cross-Fire will churn the tires at any stoplight. We intend to take the car to Norris Motorsports in Ocoee, Florida, for some dyno time. To see what horsepower our new engine is capable of dishing out, well have dyno numbers posted next month in Inside Track.