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.