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Chevrolet Supercharges Silverado for SEMA

Chevrolet Supercharges Silverado for SEMA

It’s been years since GM offered a performance truck with the Silverado SS, but apparently the company hasn’t forgotten how to execute them just yet. For this year’s SEMA show, the bowtie brand has rolled out the Silverado Performance Concept. With a supercharged V-8 and good looks, it is begging the question: will they build it?

Anyone familiar with the GM world would assume the supercharged V-8 under the hood of this truck is the familiar LT4 6.2-liter V-8, but it is not. Instead, GM has supercharged the well-known 5.3-liter V-8 just for this concept. Utilizing a similar intercooler and supercharger as the LT4, Chevy says this engine will churn out 455 horsepower. While this is a 100 horsepower boost over the naturally-aspirated 5.3, it is still well short of the beastly LT4. A cold air intake and cat back exhaust system round out the powertrain changes on this pickup.

In typical SEMA fashion, the Chevrolet Silverado Performance features several changes to set it apart from the normal Silverado. It’s dressed in a custom grey paint, which is sprayed over a unique front bumper and hood design that features scoops (of course). Unique 22-inch wheels and graphics round out the changes on the exterior.

Inside, GM says they’ve added custom suede accents and an in-dash data collection system.

For now, there’s now official word on if this or a similar Silverado performance model will come to market. Chevrolet has had a long-standing internal debate about whether or not a performance truck is a viable business case these days. While off-road pickups such as F-150 Raptor, Ram Rebel and Colorado ZR2 clearly have followings, the performance truck market has sort of died off in recent years.

 





 

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  1. NoStopN
    Andrew_L
    There was the Tremor too I am surprised they didn't do a new one


    You're right. Being that Ford only offered it for 1 year, I forgot about it. But, I don't think they really did any serious changes to the suspension & they certainly didn't use performance tires.
    CobaltSSKing
    BurnOut
    While I think a GM version of the Lightning would be a no-brainer (using the LT4; perhaps even revive the Syclone name), I'm betting that if anything, this blower setup for the 5.3 is going to be an aftermarket kit available at the GM parts counter. As such, you may get some dealerships pre-installing them and offering the full factory warranty, but I'd be surprised if it were offered as a true factory option.


    This setup could see a increase to around 475 to 485hp if put into production for trucks and SUVs but like you say its probably just dealer install ala stage kits.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0OgJZHmLyw&t=0s
    0fxxk0
    What is an "in-dash data collection system"?
    BurnOut
    While I think a GM version of the Lightning would be a no-brainer (using the LT4; perhaps even revive the Syclone name), I'm betting that if anything, this blower setup for the 5.3 is going to be an aftermarket kit available at the GM parts counter. As such, you may get some dealerships pre-installing them and offering the full factory warranty, but I'd be surprised if it were offered as a true factory option.
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