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    2013 SEMA Show: Chevrolet Reveals The Silverado Cheyenne Concept


    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    November 3, 2013

    Years ago, automakers and enthusiasts were enthralled with the likes of high-performance pickup trucks. Models such as the Chevrolet 454SS, GMC Syclone, Ford Lightning, and Dodge Ram SRT-10. But as time went on, the trucks and the interest drifted away. However, the idea of high-performance pickups could be coming back. Just before the opening of the SEMA show, Chevrolet unveiled the Silverado Cheyenne concept.

    The Silverado Cheyenne concept takes a standard regular-cab Silverado and drops in a 6.2L EcoTec V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Chevrolet also dropped 200 pounds out of the Cheyenne concept by replacing the standard bumpers, tailgate, and cargo box with carbon fiber parts.

    Other changes to the Silverado Cheyenne include lowered ride height, a rear stabilizer bar, and a Borla exhaust. A set of Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and nineteen-inch wheels come from the Camaro Z/28.

    "The Cheyenne concept explores the performance possibilities of the all-new Silverado, which is already built on a mass-efficient layout and delivers a greater balance of performance and efficiency than any other full-size truck in Chevrolet's history," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing.

    Now, the Silverado Cheyenne is just a concept for now. But Perry did say "but we are continually exploring new ways to give Silverado customers more." Let's hope the Cheyenne is one of those ways.

    Source: Chevrolet

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    Silverado Cheyenne Concept: Mini Mass, Max Performance

    2013-11-03

    LAS VEGAS – The Chevrolet Silverado Cheyenne concept vehicle to be unveiled at the SEMA Show on Monday, Nov. 4, embraces the adage that less is more. The performance-oriented version of the all-new 2014 Silverado regular cab combines a reduced curb weight with the performance of the new 420-horsepower 6.2L V-8 for a strong power-to-weight ratio and exhilarating performance.

    A lowered ride height, a rear stabilizer bar and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes complement the Cheyenne concept's high-performance character with enhanced handling and braking capability.

    "The Cheyenne concept explores the performance possibilities of the all-new Silverado, which is already built on a mass-efficient layout and delivers a greater balance of performance and efficiency than any other full-size truck in Chevrolet's history," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing.

    The unique lightweight features built into the concept vehicle include carbon fiber replacements for the bumpers, tailgate and inner cargo box, shaving approximately 200 pounds from the 4,503 pounds base curb weight of a 5.3L-equipped Silverado regular cab with a 6'6" box.

    Cheyenne designers matched the form of the lightweight components with their low-mass function. The carbon fiber front bumper includes racing-inspired ground effects styling complemented by carbon body-side ground effects while the carbon fiber tailgate incorporates a spoiler. The hood features a Camaro Z/28-inspired extractor vent.

    The Camaro Z/28 Brembo carbon ceramic brakes save more weight because the carbon ceramic-matrix rotors are significantly lighter than conventional steel rotors. On the Camaro Z/28, for example, they save more than 20 pounds – and it saves un-sprung weight, too, which enhances driving performance with more immediate and direct handling. The truck rolls on charcoal-painted 19-inch Camaro Z/28 aluminum wheels and high-performance tires.

    The Cheyenne diet removes the trailer hitch, spare tire, interior center console and some of the sound-deadening material. The truck also has a lightweight aluminum driveshaft and composite rear leaf springs.

    "Lightweighting is a time-honored method of making the most of a vehicle's performance which Chevrolet has demonstrated time and again with vehicles like the original 2001 Corvette Z06 and the 2014 Camaro Z/28," said Perry. "And like those vehicles, the Cheyenne complements its lower weight with more horsepower."

    The all-new EcoTec3 6.2L V-8 that powers the concept truck is rated at 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque – the most power in the light-duty truck segment. It's unavailable in regular-production Silverado regular cab models, giving the Cheyenne a 65-horsepower and 77 lb-ft boost over the production 5.3L V-8. A Borla performance exhaust system adds an authoritative note to the 6.2L's output.

    What remains is the Silverado's production six-speed automatic transmission, which features hill descent control, as well as fuel-saving electric power steering and StabiliTrak electronic stability control with hill start assist.

    Inside, the Cheyenne's performance theme is conveyed with Recaro sport seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel, similar to the steering wheel offered in the Camaro ZL1. Available safety features, including lane departure warning, front and rear park assist and a rear-vision camera, enhance safety without detracting from the truck's performance.

    All Silverado models feature a fully boxed frame that serves as the foundation for their strength and capability. The main rails and major cross members are formed from high-strength steel, providing a rigid base for maximum hauling capability.

    "Elements such as high-strength steel in the frame and body structure are found on all production models, while some also feature aluminum suspension components, contributing to the Silverado's everyday performance. With the Cheyenne concept, we've taken the low-mass concept to a new level – with exciting results," Perry said.

    "It is only a concept right now, but we are continually exploring new ways to give Silverado customers more."


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    Naw, Blue is Chevy Color where if this was a GMC, then I would agree with Red trim.

    I think they should have went with yellow - throw back to the old late '70s C-series trucks (and would have looked better with the gold bowtie):

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    Interesting... in a way GM is proving that there is a replacement for displacement. 420HP and 460 lb-ft of torque is just above the 420hp / 430 lb-ft that the Cadillac 3.6 TT produces....

    I haven't seen the 6.2 liter power curves to compare, but I bet with the way the 3.6TT produces its torque, that it produces more torque at a low RPM than the 6.2 does.

    It would make for an interesting "What if?!" scenario.

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    Ocnblu you do not think that a 6.2L TT V8 would beat the Supercharged V8? Chevy can have a mean Full Size SS truck and GMC can have their midsize/small Canyon GMC Syclone with the 3.6L V6 TT AWD. This would give each a special performance truck for the enthusiast.

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    Interesting... in a way GM is proving that there is a replacement for displacement. 420HP and 460 lb-ft of torque is just above the 420hp / 430 lb-ft that the Cadillac 3.6 TT produces....

    I haven't seen the 6.2 liter power curves to compare, but I bet with the way the 3.6TT produces its torque, that it produces more torque at a low RPM than the 6.2 does.

    It would make for an interesting "What if?!" scenario.

    Scroll down to the end of this post to see dyno results for a C7 with the new LT1, the torque curve looks pretty good to me.

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