This high-performance Silverado half ton needs to happen. It wasn't that long ago when we had several strong, powerful street-performance pickup trucks in the U.S., but lately "performance" is being redefined as a factory-offered, fast-running desert off-roader instead of a track-burning, big-horsepower tire smoker. We think we deserve both.
Although what we're showing here is technically designated a concept vehicle, GM long has used the SEMA Show to gauge interest for potential special editions. This one looks like it will be the next in that long line of special packages, complete with several existing GM Performance and GM Accessories parts on board.
Some of the concept's more significant features include a lowering/leveling kit, an LT4-style supercharger on a 5.3-liter V-8 (for an extra 100 horsepower), a GM Accessories cold-air intake system and see-through air filter box, a polished cat-back exhaust and a six-piston Brembo front brake upgrade kit. Among some of the more stylistic upgrades are 22-inch aluminum wheels, a Satin Steel Gray exterior, body-colored grille surrounds and bumpers, smoked headlights and taillights, black bow-tie emblems, a tri-fold tonneau and a black suede-wrapped steering wheel.
Since this is a concept, the SEMA display does not offer pricing, but we're guessing Chevrolet will price this above the current Redline Edition, meaning it is likely to start well more than $50,000. No doubt after Chevy gets feedback from SEMA showgoers and reads a few of your comments below, we'll hear more about this street hauler soon.