Chevrolet Silverado

Chevrolet Silverado

  The Chevrolet Silverado’s history can be summed up in one little saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This has been Chevrolet’s motto since the Silverado was first produced in 1998, and they have followed it throughout the years. The Silverado comes in a few different variants with plenty of engine options. Customers can choose between a V6 option with 195ho and 260 lb-ft of torque or four different V8 engines with power outputs starting at 302hp and 305 lb-ft of torque up through 403hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to either a 4- or 6-speed automatic, continuously variable transmission. Choose the Silverado HD (Heavy Duty) and choose between a 6.0L V8 producing 322/360hp and 380 lb-ft of torque or a 6.6L turbo diesel V8 engine with 365hp and 660 lb-ft of torque. Both of these engines are mated to a six-speed automatic. In order to keep up with the competition – the Toyota Tundra can pull up to 10,800lbs -, the Silverado is able to haul up to 10,700 lbs when equipped with the optional trailering package. The Silverado HD can tow 11,700-16,700lbs.

At first glance, this 1978 Chevy Silverado looks like a nicely restored project truck and nothing more. First glances can often be wrong. With a second glance — and third and forth... — this Silverado is sporting something special beneath that beautiful bodywork.

Lurking under the hood is a brand-new, fourth-generation 5.3-liter, V-8 crate engine straight from General Motors . However, the new small block is only part of an entire package GM is showcasing this year at SEMA : the E-ROD engine with the Connect and Cruise package.

The Connect and Cruise package includes many of the necessary bits to make an engine run, including all the emissions-friendly equipment to make it 50-state legal. The new 4L70-E transmission, control modules, wiring harnesses, fuel tank evaporative emissions canister and catalytic converters within the truck were all ordered with one part number.

GM currently has three E-ROD packages available: the 5.3-liter LC9 found in GM trucks and SUVs, the 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 normally found in the Camaro SS, and the supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V-8 straight from the Cadillac CTS-V.

The E-ROD engines are designed for such restoration projects as the ’78 K1500 Silverado. GM says they wanted to streamline the restoration process, making it easier for customers to build their dream vehicle without having to use third-party tuning.

The advantages for installing an E-ROD engine with the Connect and Cruise package in a project are evident. Even more so considering the 5.3-liter (327-cubic-inch) V-8 makes 320 horsepower, or roughly 80 more than the truck’s original 454 big block produced in 1978.

Cost is always a factor in restoration projects, but $7,750 seems like a sweet deal for such a reliable V-8 while the whole Connect and Cruise package starts at $12,017.

Click past the jump to read more on the 1978 Chevy Silverado E-ROD

The 2013 SEMA Show often welcomes projects that are modded like mad, but sometimes, the adage ’less is more’ has equal value in a place like SEMA. This year, Chevrolet is proving as much with the introduction of the Silverado Cheyenne Concept.

On the outside, you might not think of any comprehensive upgrade given to this Silverado. Actually, you really have to look real closely at the pickup to notice the carbon-fiber replacements given to a number of the pickups exterior components, including the bumpers, the inner cargo box, and the tailgate. Not only does the carbon fiber make the Silverado look more exotic, but it also shaves around 200 pounds off the pickups overall weight.

Outside of the "obvious" enhancements, the Silverado Cheyenne Concept also benefits from a lowered ride height, a rear stabilizer bar, a set of 19-inch wheels that it borrowed from the Camaro Z/28 and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes.

Moving inside, you’re going to see Recaro sport seats take the place of the standard seats, while a flat-bottom steering wheel also was installed in favor of the normal configuration.

No engine upgrades were given, less the throaty Borla exhaust system, but given the reduction in weight, you can expect the Silverado Cheyenne Concept’s performance figures to go up a tick, albeit a small one at that. That’s not a small feat considering that Chevy’s new EcoTec3 6.2-liter, V-8 engine produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque – the highest rated output in the light-duty truck segment, and 65-horsepower and 77 lb-ft more than the production 5.3-liter, V-8 engine.

Hm, do we smell a possible production high-performance Chevy truck to do battle with the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee and Ford F-150 Tremor ? It’s possible...

Click past the jump to read about the standard 2014 Chevrolet Silverado

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For an entry-level engine configuration, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado LT Double Cab 4.3-liter is quite a contender as the most affordable and stylish do-it-all truck on sale now.

A quick intro to the fuel-economy leader of the all-new Silverado Double Cab V-6 was accompanied by only a brief spin around the block.

Even so, the bright red paint, huge chrome grille, and six-lug wheels made quite the impression.

Click past the jump for all the details of TopSpeed’s intro to the most affordable Silverado trucks on the lot for 2014.

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This weekend at the State Fair of Texas, Chevrolet unveiled two concept cars based on the 2014 Silverado pickup . Both concepts give Silverado customers the chance to see the incredible capabilities of the new Silverado , and this concept is set to haul volunteer firefighters to the firehouse or out on a call.

The Volunteer Firefighter concept is based on the Silverado Double Cab equipped with the Z71 Off Road package. It was specially developed for the the service of grassroots first responders, with input from the National Volunteer Fire Council. Along with its task-based paint scheme and special logos, the new Firefighter concept features lots of sirens and a full complement of rescue equipment.

No details were offered on which engine Chevrolet fitted in this concept, but we believe it will be offered with the 5.3-liter, V-8 that delivers a total of 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Chevrolet Silverado.

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Along with the 2014 Silverado HD , Chevrolet also unveiled two concept trucks that show "the extremes of preparedness." Both concepts were unveiled at the State Fair of Texas, but they will also be on display in November at the 2013 SEMA Show .

The first of the concepts is the Black Ops — a sinister-looking based on a Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 4x4. The concept features a black exterior paint combined with custom-fabricated lower body armor, and a lockable, a bed-mounted Truck Vault storage unit. The concept also features a solar power pack, a pair of gas masks, gloves, military first aid kit, a folding shovel and rope.

There are no details on what engine is under the hood at this moment, but we expect it to carry the same engine found in the standard Silverado, which is a 5.3 liter, V-8 that delivers 355 horsepower or the range-topping 6.2-liter, V-8 engine with 420 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Chevrolet Silverado.

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With the roaring applause still ringing from the recent debuts of the new Silverado 1500 , Tahoe and Suburban , Chevy has also revealed a pretty heavy revamp for the 2015 HD trucks.

It seems the welcome reception to all the other new bow-tie trucks means that the 2014 model year will be very short: GM pushed up the HD release so that all the factories can start gearing up for the hugely-improved 2015 model year.

The Silverado HD’s updates are actually much deeper than a facelift, with the largest changes coming from the way the truck body is mounted to the chassis. Chevrolet is using a new type of welding process that is claimed to bring large increases in all rigidity measurements, cabin quietness and ride comfort.

The new nose looks pretty great, actually. Chevy ’s truck styling really seems to be very sharp these days. Projector beam lamps update the nose nicely, and a very dramatic chrome grille has far more shaping and structure to its surfaces.

Improvements to cooling and aerodynamics are hoped to increase highway fuel economy, where these big trucks really start to chug whatever fuel they are using at anything over 65 mph.

Drag is a real issue for these machines, and any HD owner will tell you that an 80 mph cruise with a trailer can switch the usual miles per gallon into gallons per mile.

Other changes include a totally-redesigned cabin, seats, infotainment and the whole vehicle’s electronic architecture. Under the hood, the engines are carryover but have a new engine management that integrates all the towing and stability safety features into its work flow.

What this boils down to for buyers is better economy, higher payload and towing stats, and a cruise control that now claims to be able to maintain a set speed even with a heavy trailer out back. Previous cruise controls for many cars will pop off and fail to keep a speed if doing so might make the engine stall.

So it is truck-a-palooza at Chevrolet this winter. Are buyers swayed by the new looks and vastly superior cabin?

Click past the jump for a closer look at the new sheetmetal, plus all the mechanical specs of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and Silverado 3500HD.

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Comfort, safety, durability and power are the key reasons for upgrading to these heavier pickups from the lighter-duty Silverado that is all new for 2014 . Even while the new model has projector beam headlights and some extra cabin tech, the 2500HD and 3500HD Silverado’s continue with only detail tweaks for 2014.

These updates include a new standard final drive ratio that boosts tow ratings by 4,500 pounds across the board, and a bi-fuel option that can run on normal gasoline or clean and affordable natural gas at the flip of a switch.

Chevy packs quite a bit more strength into these $30,000 to $50,000 2500 HD and 2500 HD trucks than their fierce cross-town rivals from Ford’s F-Series Super Duty and the Ram Heavy Duty choices.

These trucks have the rock-solid capabilities that would have required heavy and specialized machinery even a few decades ago.

Two quite unique buyer groups exist for these Texas-sized pickup trucks: people using the HD trucks to earn a living, and people who are so rich that they need to be able to transport all their toys to the cabin - at the same time. 10,000-plus tow maximum’s and fifth-wheel trailer hitches available, the Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks are only of the only ways to move a family of five, a large boat, jet ski’s and ATVs all in one trip.

These days, the Silverado HD series will happily get filthy doing the dirty work from dawn to dusk, but it must also deliver far more friendly service during the off hours. This is the real challenge for all pickup trucks, and the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD models are the last bastion of (at times) crude manners and a DuraMax exhaust drum wider than a telephone pole.

All this while hauling its drivers and their families in comfort and safety that still seems unimaginable at times for these big work trucks. Is the aging 2014 Silverado HD still up to the task in the face of a revised 2014 Ram Heavy Duty with an air suspension in back? How about versus the ever-popular Ford F-Series Super Duty and its huge cabin space?

The Silverado arrived in 1999 as the replacement to the old C- and K-Series pickups, but Chevy sold the old and new pickups through the 2000 model year. Since the second-generation arrived in 2007, the old faithful Chevy Silverado has remained unchanged, as those around it continued to morph and remake themselves. Chevy has had enough with watching all of the other truck manufacturers make changes to their bodies and drivetrains, and decided that 2014 was the model year when things will change.

Just like with the 2014 GMC Sierra , the 2014 Silverado 1500 is offered with more than just a new body, it also has a choice of three new engines: one V-6 and two V-8s. All three engines deliver more power and improved fuel economy, and GM engineered the 6.2-liter V-8 to be the most capable engine in any light-duty pickup .

UPDATE 6/19/2014 Chevrolet has announced its adoption of the SAE towing standards known as J2807. Many of the Silverado’s tow ratings have been altered, but it still retains a 12,000-pound max towing capacity when equipped with the 6.2-liter V-8 and Max Trailering Package. Details after the jump

To read our complete review, click past the jump.

Callaway Cars is best known for tuning Chevrolet and other GM models, and pushing them to unworldly numbers, but its history goes beyond just GM models. It has also taken BMW , VW , Porsche , Audi Mercedes-Benz , Aston Martin and many other models under its tuning wing. To be perfectly honest, though, most tuning enthusiasts consider Callaway a Chevy tuner.

Well, with the 2014 Silverado bringing a new generation to the legendary line of pickup trucks, it was only a matter of time before Callaway laid its tuning hands upon the model. Callaway is currently piecing together its version of the Silverado and anticipates the 5.3-liter engine to exceed 450 horsepower and the range-topping 6.2-liter V-8 to crest the 540-horsepower mark. These increases amount to minimal gains of 95 horsepower in model’s with a 5.3-liter engine and an estimated 120 horsepower in the 6.2-liter engine.

The biggest addition to the 2014 Callaway Silverado is a supercharger, but the tune will also include some electrical updates and a computer remap. Buyers will also have several optional features available, including: wheels and tires, suspension updates, interior refinements, body modifications, Honker intake systems and DD exhaust systems.

In the released image, we can see that there aren’t many additions to the body thus far. All we can see are some "Callaway" badges and some shiny, new rims.

This makes the second 2014 GM model that Callaway is working on, as earlier this year we got a look at the 2014 Corvette Stingray Aerowagon Concept . Whether you think it is blasphemy or the baddest Corvette mod you’ve ever seen, we can all agree that it is a dramatic sight.

More details will follow, but it looks like even though Chevy likely won’t offer up a competitor for the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor or the 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor models, at least Callaway will offer up a version that provides some competition.

Update 8/14/2013: Callaway has successfully installed its supercharger setup on the 5.3-liter Eco-Tec engine. There were some electrical issues that the tuner had to overcome, but after a few drive cycles it was working just fine. Callaway will release the final horsepower and torque specs soon. Callaway did announce that its tuning kit for the Silverado will start at $17,395.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Everything is bigger in Texas, so they say. And apparently, that even extends to the choice of vehicles the folks down there are inclined to buy. We actually don’t know this but according to Chevrolet , one out of every six full-size pickups are sold in Texas.

That’s a pretty telling number and partly explains why the Bowtie decided to unveil a special-edition Silverado exclusively for the Lone Star State.

The model is called the Silverado Texas Edition and according to Chevrolet, it was built to recognize the strong bonds between Texans and their trucks. That’s awfully touching.

But the Silverado Texas Edition has no sentimental bone in its body. It’s rugged as rugged can be with the added benefit of a few new components, including body-color outside mirror caps and door handles, a locking rear differential, a trailering package, Texas Edition badges, and a set of 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels. And that’s just for the midlevel LT trim. For the LTZ trim, customers get all of the aforementioned goodies in chrome to go with a Bose premium audio system.

And lest we forget, the Silverado Texas Edition can be had with a choice of two powertrains: a 4.3-liter V-6 engine with 285 horsepower for the LT and a 5.3-liter V-8 with 355 horsepower for the LTZ.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and the accompanying press release for the Silverado Texas Edition


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