That is a notched divider, but the half the engine still sees half the carb somewhat. These big motors are less prone to need a 180 degree manifold for low speed TQ. As said, single planes make the carb "look" bigger to the engine. My experience with dividers, open etc is with a 427 and likely not so relevant here. ( no divider was the worst in a small cube engine)
As I said above, I'd send a -163 to a known good porter and let them optimize it. Get some of that 30 HP back someone said they lose. Or a Weiand Stealth that's been sanitized and shot in orange might work as is better.
BTW, there is one oem GM mani that gives you both 180 and open in one casting - TRIPOWER! And it sure as heck will support 540 CI when flowing 1150 cfm.