In light of Ford’s announcement of a supercharger kit for its F-150 pickup, Chevrolet countered with its own supercharger modification for the full-sized Silverado.
Introduced at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, the Silverado Performance Concept uses the 355-hp 5.3-litre V-8, boosted by 100-plus horsepower thanks to a supercharger derived from that used for the LT4 engine in the Corvette Z06 and Camaro ZL1.
It’s just one of the Chevrolet Performance and Chevrolet Accessories parts added to the full-size crew cab pickup, including a cold air induction system and performance cat-back exhaust to aid in engine breathing, performance Brembo brake kit to help bring the truck back down to Earth, and custom interior add-ons.
The Silverado Performance Concept features enhanced Sating Grey Steel exterior colour with unique graphics, unique hood, air ducts and lower front fascia, body coloured grille and bumpers, black bow-tie emblems, bright exhaust tips, Dark Android window mouldings, tri-fold tonneau cover for the bed, smoke headlamp and taillamp lenses and unique 22-inch aluminum wheels.
Inside, there is a black suede steering wheel, carbon fibre Z71 gauges, all-weather mats, an LCD competition-style dash logger app, and a rear underseat storage organizer.
Although Chevrolet has not announced any plans to mass-produce the truck, we think the fact that it is created from the Chevrolet parts bin would make it a really easy sell to the truck aficionados who want to stand out from the pickup crowd, even if Chevrolet decides to just offer it as a performance or appearance option package.