Guess where it’s going to debut?
Chevrolet is hoping to revive interest in high-performance pickup trucks with its Silverado Cheyenne debuting at this week’s SEMA show. If the name seems familiar then that’s not because it sounds suspiciously close to Porsche’s SUV, rather because it was a name used on a concept back in 2003 and was first introduced as a premium Chevy truck trim in 1971. Based on the all-new 2014 Silverado, the performance-oriented Cheyenne concept has been lightened by almost 200 lbs.
Weight saving measures include carbon-fiber bumpers, tailgate and inner cargo box, the addition of Camaro Z/28 Brembo carbon ceramics, and the removal of the trailer hitch, spare tire, center console and sound-deadening material. It also rides on 19-inch Z/28 alloys wrapped in high-performance rubber, has a lightweight aluminum driveshaft and composite rear lead springs, and Borla performance exhaust. Power comes from Chevy’s all-new 6.2-liter V8 EcoTec3, rated at 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, replacing the stock Silverado’s 5.3-liter V8 for a gain of 65 hp and 77 lb-ft. Inside, the Chayenne gets Recaro sports seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.