The Chevy Silverado Performance Concept Is A Supercharged V8 Delight


Is a production version waiting in the wings?

There’s something about high-performance pickup trucks that’s just beyond cool, and Chevrolet understands this. Making its official debut at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas is the Silverado Performance Concept, powered by the familiar 5.3-liter V8. This time, however, the supercharger of the LT4 V8 found in the Corvette Z06 and Camaro ZL1 has been bolted on, generating an extra 100 hp. As Chevrolet put it, this “supercharger system…literally blows more life into (the) 5.3-liter V8.”

The Silverado Performance Concept also has a ton of Chevrolet Performance Parts, like a front six-piston Brembo brake upgrade kit, performance cold-air induction system, and a cat-black exhaust system with polished tip. Other features include 22-inch performance tires, enhanced satin steel grey exterior paint, unique hood, air ducts and lower fascia, body-color grille and lower front fascia, dark android window moldings, custom exterior graphics, smoked headlamp and taillight lenses, black suede-wrapped steering wheel with red stripe, and even carbon fiber Z71 gauges. Given everything here, a production version is easily doable.

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In fact, one could simply buy the parts a la carte from the Performance Parts catalogue, but the supercharger system, as the press release clearly states, remains a concept. If there’s enough interest here then maybe, just maybe, it’ll soon be made available to order. In any case, the Silverado Performance Concept is just one of 20 vehicles Chevrolet has brought to SEMA.

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