There was a time when American automakers and enthusiasts were obsessed with high-performance pickup trucks. And by that we don't mean models like dune-jumping Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, either: these were trucks made for the street. Trucks like the F-150 SVT Lightning, GMC Syclone and Dodge Ram SRT-10. One by one, these hi-po trucks have faded away, but if there's one place where their successors can live, it's SEMA.
Just announced ahead of the show's opening, Chevrolet is rolling in to Vegas with the Silverado Cheyenne Concept you see here. It's based, of course, on the new Silverado, in regular cab, standard-box form, but cuts out some excess mass to benefit the all-important power-to-weight ratio.
By replacing the bumpers, tailgate and cargo box with carbon fiber, Chevy has cut 200 pounds off the curb weight. They've also dropped the ride height and fitted a rear stabilizer bar, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and a Borla exhaust, but most importantly, they've swapped out the 5.3-liter V8 with the company's all-new 6.2-liter small-block V8 good for 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque ? that's a boost of 65 hp and 77 lb-ft. In other words, a production version of this rig looks like it would be a pretty fierce competitor for Ford's recently released 2014 F-150 Tremor.
The Cheyenne looks like one slick ride, especially for NASCAR Camping World truck racing fans. But lest those with short memories think the Cheyenne name sounds suspiciously close to Porsche's high-performance SUV, Chevy reminds us that the name was first used as an upscale trim level on its trucks back in 1971. Scope out all the details in the press release below.
Silverado Cheyenne Concept: