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L96 6.0L Engine Specs: Performance, Bore & Stroke, Cylinder Heads, Cam Specs & More

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Mechanically similar, General Motors’ LS and LS-based Vortec engines wound up on almost every branch of the GM family tree: Chevy, Pontiac, GMC, Cadillac, Buick—heck, even Saab, Hummer, and Isuzu got some LS love.

Since LS and Vortec engines are so common, they’ve become the go-to performance and swap engines of the modern era.

These motors are capable of making a lot of horsepower, and respond well to upgrades like turbos, superchargers, high-flow cylinder heads, intake systems, cams, and nitrous oxide.

The aftermarket is strong, crate engines are available, and used motors are often cheaply sourced through junkyards.

Summit Racing has created a series of comprehensive guides for each engine in the LS family, so engine builders and tuners can have a handy reference for their projects.

This specific guide is for the GM L96 6.0L engine.

You can find more LS engine spec guides and LS-related information here.

(Summit Racing’s Paul Spurlock and Brian Nutter contributed to this article.)

L96 6.0L Engine Specs

The L96 engine is a 6.0L Gen. 4 small block engine used in GM trucks and SUVs from 2010 to 2017. It replaced the LY6 and added Flex Fuel capability.

For marketing purposes, it was also known as the Vortec 6000. The information listed here is for a stock engine.

L96 Performance Specifications

L96 Engine Ratings
Compression Ratio9.6:1
Horsepower Rating360 hp
Torque Rating380 ft.-lbs.

L96 Applications

L96 Applications
VIN 8th DigitYearMakeModel
G2010-17ChevroletSilverado 2500 HD, 3500 HD
G2010-17GMCSierra 2500 HD, 3500 HD
G2010-17ChevroletExpress 2500, 3500
G2010-17GMCSavana 2500, 3500
G2010-13GMCYukon XL 2500
G2010-13ChevroletSuburban 2500
G2016-17ChevroletSuburban 3500 HD

L96 Engine Block Specs

L96 Block Specs
Casting Number12576181
Displacement6.0L / 364 c.i.d.
Bore Dia. 4.000 in.
Stroke3.622 in.
Deck Height9.240 in.
Bore Spacing4.400 in.
Thrust Bearing Location#3 Main
Main Cap Style6-Bolt
Main Housing Bore Dia.2.751 in.
Cam Housing Bore Dia. Bore 1/5 = 2.346 in. Bore 2/4 = 2.326 in. Bore 3 = 2.307 in.
Cam-to-Crank Centerline4.914 in.

L96 Rotating Assembly

L96 Rotating Assembly Specs
Piston MaterialHypereutectic Cast Aluminum Alloy
Piston StyleDished with valve reliefs
Piston Volume+6.7cc

Wrist Pin Dia.0.9431 in. (Full Floating)
Connecting Rod MaterialPowdered Metal
Connecting Rod StyleI-Beam
Connecting Rod Length6.098 in.
Connecting Rod Housing Bore2.225 in.
Connecting Rod BoltsM9 x 1 x 43
Rod Part Number
Crankshaft MaterialCast Iron
Crankshaft Casting Number
(Last 3 Digits)
Crankshaft Main Journal Dia.2.559 in.
Crankshaft Rod Journal Dia.2.100 in.
Reluctor Wheel58x

L96 Cylinder Heads

L96 Cylinder Head Specs
Casting Numbers5364, 823
Combustion Chamber Volume70cc
Intake Port ShapeRectangle
Intake Runner Volume257cc
Exhaust Port ShapeD-Port
Exhaust Runner Volume87cc
Intake Valve Diameter2.165 in.
Exhaust Valve Diameter1.590 in.
Cylinder Head Bolt StyleTorque to Yield (TTY)
Cylinder Head Bolt Size (10) M11 x 2 x 100, (5) M8 x 1.25 x 45

L96 Camshaft Specs

L96 Camshaft Specs
Duration @ .050 in. (int./exh.)196°/208°
Valve Lift (int./exh.)0.467 in./.479 in.
Lobe Separation Angle116°
Cam Gear Attachment1-Bolt
Cam Gear Poles4x
Active Fuel Management (AFM)No
Variable Valve Timing (VVT)Yes

L96 Valvetrain

L96 Valvetrain Specs
Lifter StyleHydraulic Roller
Lifter Link StylePlastic Lifter Tray
Lifter Body Diameter0.842 in.
Pushrod Length7.385 in.
Rocker Arm Mounting StylePedestal
Rocker Arm StyleDie-Cast, Roller Fulcrum
Rocker Ratio1.7
Rocker OffsetIntake Rocker
Valve Spring StyleBeehive
Valve Spring ColorNatural
Valve Angle15 Degrees
Intake Valve MaterialSteel, Solid Stem
Intake Valve Dia.2.165 in.
Exhaust Valve MaterialSteel, Solid Stem
Exhaust Valve Dia.1.590 in.

Other Key L96 Specs

L96 Throttle Body, Fuel Injector Specs & More
Intake ManifoldTruck-Style
Throttle Body87mm, 4-bolt
Throttle Control Electronic, Drive-by-Wire
Fuel Injector Part Number 12613412
Fuel Injector Flow50 lb./hr. @ 58 psi
Flex Fuel CapableYes
Fuel Injector Length Between O-Rings 1.730 in.
Fuel Injector Connector EV6 / USCAR
Crankshaft Reluctor Ring58x
Camshaft Sensor LocationFront mount, 4x on cam
Oil Pan
Deep Rear Sump
Oil PumpStandard Flow
(0.96 c.i. per rev.)
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  1. Jack Alexander says:

    I have this engine in my 2500hd 4×4. And I love it. Even stock it is a hoss.

  2. William Murphy says:

    I did a l96 swap in my 58 apache.I switched to a Holley intake and 750 double pumper carb. I am also running a toploader 3 speed behind it. Everything is stock in the engine but im wanting to do a cam swap. Can you suggest a good street/strip cam for my application?

    • William, going along with your truck engine into a truck application, we would suggest a truck cam. Summit Racing just released their Pro LS Truck cams on July 4.

      They are intended to maximize torque and midrange with a strong top end. The Stage 1 truck cam has a noticeable lope and works with stock springs. It makes a ton of power and is good in a daily driver. Not that you have to worry about it running a manual trans, but the Stage 2 cam is about as much as you would want with a stock converter and has a steady lope. The Stage 3 works with a 2500 converter and has a more aggressive lope. The Stage 4 is pretty serious even yet. It works with a 2800 converter and makes power higher in the RPM range.

      Stage 1 doesn’t require springs, but Stages 2, 3, and 4 are designed to work with LS6 springs. You can read up on the descriptions and specs a little more by checking out this article.

      One thing you mentioned is you’re doing a fair amount of street driving. If your 750 double pumper isn’t driving the way you hoped for, the newer Demon Carburation carbs (made by Holley) are getting good reviews. They have small primaries and extra-large secondaries and people say they run like injection. You could get by with a 625 cfm with your cammed L96, but the electric choke composite bowl 750 is a match for the double pumper. Give Summit Racing a call at 1-800-230-3030 if you have any further questions on any of that to help you make the best choice.

  3. Rolf Pawelka says:

    Hi, I’m looking at this engine as a replacement for a 2007 5.3 in a 4WD Yukon. Flex fuel, iron block. What do you have to do with the VVT? Will it work OK without connectors? Does it default to “cam advanced-low speed torque mode”?

    • No i camed this engine one of the sensors damaged by mistake and it run horribly you can delete vvt and its become almost ls2 with ls3 heads stock heads its 823 the deference its valves material its great engine for the money only bad thing its pistons if they make it lighter

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  5. I have a 2011 2500HD Silverado VIN G with the L96 6.0 I bought it with the understanding the head gaskets needed replaced. Turns out the 823 heads were cracked as bad as a dry lake bed, so I found a replacement set. Upon installation I found out the block is cracked just as bad. What blocks will interchange with this one? My motor ran fine, no knocks or rattles just kept getting hot, so my internals are fine. Does it have to be the L96? What’s different? I’m old school and don’t know much about this new crap

  6. Any 6.0L Block. What makes the l96 different from the LQ4 and LQ9 is the Compression Ratio,Cam, Heads and Tune. So just throw the parts from your L96 into any Iron 6.0L block and itll work

  7. I have a 2016 model l96, how well will it respond to a stage 4 cam swap with a single 78mm turbo and 2800 stall backed by a 6l90e transmission, this setup will be in a 84 c10 truck

  8. I have a 2019 L96 with 297 HP. Can I use this guide or should I be doing something different?

  9. Simon Boettcher says:

    I have a 2002 1500 HD and I am thinking about the L96 as a fresh replacement motor other than VVT delete, front timing cover, and 58x relucter what else needs attention. I am going to use intake and injectors for early style 02 type. I have timing cover for front cam sensor, ? Crank sensor and knock sensor are there cost effective ways to make this work?

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