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.

It appears General Motors may be considering a Ford Raptor competitor in the near future, though not with the Silverado or Sierra . Reports from GM Authority suggest The General will use the upcoming midsize Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon as the truck of choice.

It seems GM has chosen the smaller trucks mostly due to their compact size and lighter weight, giving them more agility and potentially better handling. Along with being more agile, the smaller trucks will fit into tighter trails, like the famous Rubicon Trail in California — a trail the Raptor is simply too large to navigate.

There are really no solid details to go on, so speculation will have to suffice. It’s likely the new Raptor fighter will come with the largest engine offering, meaning the 3.6-liter V-6. Perhaps GM will allow the 2.8-liter turbo-diesel to power the off-roader as well. Beefy springs and shocks will be a must, along with larger off-road tires. Expect to see the Eaton G80 locking rear differential come standard along with a high-capacity cooling system for the engine and transmission. Generous underbody skid plating will also come included.

As far as naming the new GM truck, we could see a revival of the ZR2 nomenclature last used in regular production on the long-dead Chevy S-10. The name had a recent comeback on a Chevrolet Silverado concept truck back in 2011, but never gained any traction. We already know GM was pondering a “ZR2 package” back when the new Colorado/Canyon twins were revealed in 2013, so the likelihood is rather high the ZR2 will happen. Whether it’s a true Raptor fighter has yet to be seen. Stay tuned for further details.

Note: Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about GM’s future Ford Raptor competitor.

Source: GM Authority

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 decked out in the range-topping High Country trim and powered by the largest V-8 offered by The General . While the High Country competes with the gaudy western-wear cowboys from Ford and Ram , the Chevy pulls off the John Wayne look with a touch more class and refinement.

Missing is the dinner-plate belt buckle styling with embroidered seats and barbed-wire floor mats. In their places are simple saddle-colored leather seats with matching leather stitched atop the dashboard, door panels, and armrest. The look is just subtle enough to remind occupants of the truck’s western flair without choking them with the motif.

While the overall theme of the truck isn’t outlandishly equestrian, the Corvette-derived 6.2-liter, V-8 engine under the hood has no shortage of horses — 420 to be exact. Only a handful of parts separate the Silverado’s powerplant from that found in the new C7 Stingray , and after pressing the accelerator, that becomes clearly evident. Though the truck weights double the Vette, the 6.2-liter still motivates the truck with ease, hitting 60 mph in just six seconds.

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Chevy showed up a little late to the luxury truck party, as 2014 marks the 15th anniversary of the Ford F-Series King Ranch. At the same time, it’s the fourth year on the market for the Ram Laramie Longhorn. Well, this all came to an end in 2013, thanks to the new High Country trim level for the Silverado.

The range-topping High Country trim was introduced on the Silverado 1500 just last year, when the new-generation truck was launched. Now, the luxurious appearance package has been transferred over to the company’s heavy-duty lineup in hopes that pretentious truck customers will finally have a reason to stop by GM dealerships.

Needless to say, the 2015 Silverado HD is well prepared ahead of a new battle with Ford and Ram , but it remains to be seen if its strong enough to compete in the $50,000+ market. The new High Country mule won’t go on sale until summer kicks in, so we might as well have an in depth look at its features and numbers.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD High Country.

Buying a new vehicle for cheap these days can be a daunting task, especially a pickup truck. As customer demands have grown, so have the trucks’ capabilities and price tags. If you’ve got $50,000 to blow, the options are nearly limitless. But what about $30,000? Or even under that? What kind of truck can be had for less than that magical money ceiling?

The truck market is a highly competitive one with each automaker gunning to outdo and one-up the competition. This is great for those looking for feature-laden trucks with more technology than the best luxury cars could boast five years ago or tow ratings that seem to compete with Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks.

Consequently, prices for these “work vehicles” have become luxury-like in the process. Sure, some buyers need a truck to pull double duty as the family sedan throughout the week while still towing the boat or RV on the weekends. For that purpose, modern full-size trucks in mid- to upper-grade trim reign supreme.

Because prices have jumped so high, folks wanting to spend $30,000 or less on a truck only have a few options, consisting mostly of single- or extended-cab full-size trucks or smaller midsize trucks. It all depends on how the truck is optioned out.

Those looking to tow will have to sacrifice interior amenities for a larger engine and a towing package. Those looking for interior room will ironically have to stick with a midsized truck that offers a four-door crew cab model. For buyers, it all boils down to how the truck will be used. Evaluating personal use is perhaps the most critical aspect of buying a truck on a budget.

Click past the jump for TopSpeed’s 5 best trucks under $30K

You know chicks dig sports cars , right? We’ve seen it happen time and time again, and yet it never occurred to us that there might be another kind of vehicle that will get the ladies’ attention.

That’s what Chevrolet wants us to believe with this new Super Bowl ad for the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD . It’s a cute concept that features a young cowboy driving a newly bought bull in a trailer. It gets a kinda sentimental for a few seconds before the punchline comes into focus.

Apparently, the cow is quite the bachelor because he arrived in a farm full of heifers and heiferettes — young female cows, for all you non-farmers — in a Silverado HD and all the "ladies," definitely took notice... of the cow, not the driver.

The commercial went in a number of directions that, quite frankly, made it a little hard to keep up with. But in the end, the message was clear, at least in our eyes. The Silverado HD, for all of its hulking and intimidating presence, also has an edgy side to it, the likes of which the ladies can’t get enough of.

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado

We’ll be honest; we expected a little more from the Chevrolet Silverado Reaper.

When it was teased last week, it promised so much yet when it was introduced it delivered, well, not so much. Granted, the performance boost is impressive, but anytime you mention the word "reaper", we expect something sinister.

Instead, we get this. It’s...red.

To be fair, the work put in by Southern Comfort Automotive and Lingenfelter shouldn’t be shortchanged. We just expected it to be a little darker than what was actually presented. That being said, the aero kit is pretty comprehensive, thanks to a Southern Comfort and a Supercharged Reaper Package.

The former is what’s responsible for the restyled look of the Silverado . Yes, it looks pretty different from the standard Silverado, something that we can attribute to the front clip restyling grille that it makes it look like the hood extends a little further than usual into the trapezoidal grille. Notice that’s different, too, compared to the rectangular grille of the standard Silverado.

A new light system was also installed on the Silverado, which in this case is an integrated Rigid Industries Flood light system and daytime LED running lights. That’s short way of saying the Reaper has more intimidating lights. Speaking of intimidating, the kit also includes a rock guard and side steps, an auxiliary switch panel, a Reaper gauge package, custom stitched headrest covers, Reaper custom graphics and serialized Reaper badging.

Taken all together, the program is really intense, but somehow, Southern Comfort Automotive forgot that black, maybe even matte black, is a far more imposing look on the Silverado than red is.

As far as Lingenfelter’s involvement is concerned, the tuning firm famous for its Corvette programs produced two sets of upgrades for the Reaper Silverado. The less powerful of the two is for the 5.3-liter V-8 EcoTec 3 engine that now pumps out pumps out tidy 475 horsepower, compared to the 355 ponies of the standard unit. The bigger version of the two involves the range-topping 6.2-liter V-8 EcoTec 3 engine. From the standard 420-horsepower output of the Silverado, Lingenfelter’s TVS1900 Magnuson Supercharger managed to increase the output to an impressive 550 horsepower.

Lastly, suspension work to improve the pickup ’s overall sturdiness was done courtesy of Fox Racing while the nee exhaust comes by way of Corsa.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Silverado Reaper by Southern Comfort Automotive and Lingenfelter

The 2013 North American Car and Truck of the Year have been named and for the first time in history, General Motors swept both awards with the distinctions going to the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the Silverado 1500 .

The road for both GM vehicles towards the title were by no means easy, as each category featured a number of other worthy models to the title. In the end, though, the 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who had a hand in naming the two winners voted a pair of worthy vehicles, each putting a stamp on its segment through respective high marks in innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for money.

Both the Corvette and the Silverado are more than just one-time winners, with the former being named Car of the Year in 1998 and the latter receiving the Truck of the Year distinction in 2007.

“It is a distinct honor for the entire Chevrolet team to have both the Corvette and Silverado recognized with the prestigious North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards,” Alan Batey, General Motors senior vice president, Global Chevrolet, said.

No truer words have been spoken by Mr. Batey, especially when you take into consideration the significance of beating out the likes of the BMW 4 Series , the Cadillac CTS , the Jaguar F-Type , the GMC Sierra and the Toyota Tundra .

Congratulations to the Corvette Stingray and the Silverado 1500. Well deserved wins for two deserving models.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette Silverado and the Silverado 1500

Unlike Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart , Brad Paisley doesn’t race cars for a living. But like Gordon and Stewart, Paisley did have a signature model present at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show .

The American singer-songwriter and musician has collaborated with Chevrolet designers to introduce an edgy program for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado . Seems appropriate, too, since Paisley is mostly known as a country star and the Silverado is built for the country.

But we digress...

The Brad Paisley Signature Silverado combines elements from Paisley’s background with a sophisticated list of components that not only brings new life to the Silverado, but also gives it much more attitude.

The custom-blended paint scheme of the customized Silverado is as all-American as it can get, and it even incorporates Paisley’s logo on the front doors as their own unique styling elements. A host of aero components were also installed, including a performance-oriented hood extractor vent, black tubular assist steps, and a tailgate aero lip. A set of 22-inch, custom-painted, matte-black wheels, chrome tow hooks, and a spray-in bedliner with an integrated Chevrolet bowtie logo were also added to the program courtesy of Chevrolet Accessories.

Moving to the interior, the Paisley Signature Silverado was equipped with a sophisticated color and trim, featuring blue suede inserts on the black leather seats, which, in turn, have been accented with blue stitching. The cabin is all sorts of blue, which plays in nicely with the exterior.

Performance enhancements are also part of the program, including a suspension system that lowered the pickup by two inches. A Borla performance exhaust system and red brake calipers round out the comprehensive features list of the Paisley Signature Silverado.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado

If Jeff Gordon can have his own Chevrolet SS signature model at SEMA , there’s no reason for Chevrolet to tap another famous NASCAR driver to have his own model too, right?

That, apparently, was the prevailing thought at the Bowtie headquarters and to answer that question, the company enlisted Tony Stewart ’s help to develop a custom Chevrolet Silverado .

It seems appropriate that the man known as "Smoke" can have his imprint on a pickup truck with the torque-twisting power of the Silverado. It certainly takes a pickup the stature of the Silverado to live up to Stewart’s brash and go get-’em driving style on the track and the marriage couldn’t have been made any better.

The concept itself is based on the 2014 Silverado LTZ Z71, and it was designed with an exterior that comes with a Dark Tarnished Silver color, tinted headlights and taillights, and plenty of unique graphics that point back to the man who has won three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles.

A handful of Chevrolet Accessories components, a lot of which are available through Chevy dealers, were also used on the concept, including a tonneau cover, four-inch chrome assist steps and a set of 22-inch wheels with a custom finish.

The interior modifications are limited to just Stewart’s signature embroidered on the headrests, but make no mistake, this concept Silverado has the likeness of Smoke all the way through.

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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


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