It could be the best of the trophy trucks.
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is quite a competent performer, but while the likes of Ford and Dodge have started to offer crazy Baja-inspired trucks like the Raptor and TRX, Chevrolet has been notably absent from the trend of making workhorses into overpowered playthings. That got us thinking: what if GM were to take the styling cues and performance of a Camaro ZL1 and apply them to the Silverado? Of course, much more than just sharper styling and a big engine would be necessary to make this a worthy competitor to the Raptor and TRX, so let's see what we can expect if Chevrolet does build an off-road truck with a supercharged V8.
Of course, no overpowered off-roader would be complete without an aggressive skid plate, raised suspension, and chunky off-road tires. We've also fitted some tow hooks for when you get inextricably stuck, a side-exit exhaust so that there's less chance of damage, and a roll bar with LED lighting for those late-night off-road excursions. The hood of the Camaro ZL1 is evident, as is that car's mesh grille and black Bowtie badges. Some contrasting decals help give the truck some menace too. Typically, we'd expect this to have an automatic transmission, four-wheel drive, locking differentials, and loads of suspension travel thanks to upgraded shocks and springs.
As for the heart of the beast, the Camaro ZL1 is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. With both Ram's TRX and Ford's upcoming Raptor R likely to produce in excess of 700 horses each, Chevy would have to give the truck a more powerful engine. Or would it? In the past, ZL1 versions of Chevy's products have gotten away with less power than their competitors by being better to drive and weighing less. And that's what we'd like to see: a baja-inspired truck that has the handling and performance to embarrass alternatives that should cream it on paper. Let's hope Chevy comes through for us.