Chevrolet is beginning to prove that the Silverado can be so much more. Recently, Chevrolet revealed their new Silverado concept, that is the lightest pick-up yet! Combine a light-weight body with a big V8 engine, and the new Silverado Concept is quick, to say the least.
This new pick-up concept is called the Silverado, and was on display at this years SEMA show. The concept is Chevrolet‘s competition to the low-weight title that rival Ford Motor Company is hoping to claim when it introduces its 2015 F-150 next year. The Cheyenne substitutes aftermarket parts for the originals to cut weight, and carbon fiber replacements for the bumpers, tailgate and inner cargo box takes 200 pounds off the truck’s total weight, which is currently 4,503-pounds. The carbon ceramic brakes are borrowed from a Camaro Z/28, and the rotors weigh less than traditional ones.
There is also no trailer hitch, spare tire, interior center console and some of the sound insulation was pulled out, all to save weight. Aluminum is used for the wheels, driveshaft and rear leaf springs. Chevrolet already has some of the lightweight technology in production- the new 2014 Corvette redesign extensively uses carbon fiber and other weight-reducing materials.
“Light-weighting 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,” says Chevrolet‘s Chris Perry. “And like those vehicles, the Cheyenne complements its lower weight with more horsepower.”
The Cheyenne gets extra push from the 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine, and has a lowered ride height and a six-foot, six-inch cargo box to make it look cool. Chevy first used the title “Cheyenne” as the designation for a premium trim level on 1971 full-size pickups to appeal to a small but growing market of personal-use buyers.
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