Chevrolet had no shortage of vehicles at the 2015 SEMA show, and this Silverado blends into the crowd. Though not because it’s boring, but rather thanks to its military-derived camouflage. Ok, corny jokes aside, the Silverado Special Ops concept does take plenty of cues from military history and a naval paint scheme called “Razzle Dazzle.”

Designed to make ships hard to see against the horizon by enemy vessels, the three-tone paint job helps break up the ship’s character lines, making it hard to detect. The same can be said for this Silverado, provided its background was an ocean.

Chevy designers decided to pay tribute to the U.S. Special Forces with this concept. Jim Campbell, GM’s U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports said, “This Silverado concept is a multipurpose truck that reflects the go-anywhere, do-anything commitment of special-forces teams.”

The concept is based on the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71. The newly refreshed truck sports its revised grille design, along with a bed-mounted sports bar, custom rocker guards, and no less than six LED off-road lights. The design team didn’t leave the interior stock either.

Chevy didn’t specify what powertrain this particular Silverado comes with, but our guess is the 6.2-liter V-8 and eight-speed automatic transmission. Of course, 4WD is present.

Though we will likely see parts and accessories from this concept make production, it’s very unlikely Chevy will offer such a radical build to the general public – at least not the multi-tone paint job.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Silverado Special Ops Concept.

Exterior

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There’s a ton going on with this truck. Up front, the grille hides three LED off-road lights within its new design. Blacked-out fender flairs match the 20-inch wheels that are wrapped in mud-terrain tires. The flat-black theme continues onto the rocker panel guard and bed-mounted roll bar Chevy calls a Sports Bar. Three more LED lights help defeat the night. The sports bar’s sail panels have custom “Special Ops” cut-outs that help label the truck.

Then, of course, is the paint job. The base coat consists of a light blue, while a medium and dark blue act as accents that randomly flow across the body. “That effect gives tremendous depth to the Silverado’s body, while reinforcing the nautical heritage of the unique camo design,” says Todd Parker, Chevy Accessories’ director of design.

And though Chevy doesn’t mention anything about it, a suspension leveling kit picks up the Silverado’s nose, giving it a greater approach angle.

Interior

Sadly, Chevrolet did not provide any photos of the interior, despite its customization. However, we do know the door handles and glove box handle are colored in “Ejector Orange” while the seats are trimmed in waterproof covers. The floors have full-coverage mats that keep water and mud at bay.

The interior is likely to have all the bells and whistles offered on a 2016 Silverado. The eight-inch MyLink infotainment system will come with the latest software that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The gauge cluster will certainly have the standard TFT display that shows vehicle information like fuel economy, mileage, navigation, and tire pressure.

Drivetrain

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No powertrain specs were given, but the engine choices for the Silverado Z71 include the standard 5.3-liter V-8 or the optional 6.2-liter V-8. Since this truck debuted at SEMA, the home of over-the-top custom builds, we’d figure Chevy used the 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8. The engine kicks out 460 pound-feet of torque and is only a few parts and an ECU tune from being a Corvette and Camaro (gen 6) engine. Chevy does say the truck makes use of an air intake system and an exhaust kit, along with upgraded brakes.

Mated to the big V-8 is GM’s new eight-speed automatic transmission. Propelling the Silverado through mud and over rocks is its electronically controlled, two-speed transfer case. The gearbox sends power to the front axle when extra traction is needed.

Conclusion

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The Silverado Special Ops concept is a great example of Chevy showing off its upcoming accessories with some added flair. Expect to see the sports bar, rocker guard, and maybe even the LED off-road lights as a factory option or a dealer add-on. Just don’t expect a Silverado with a three-tone paint job to show up on dealer lots anytime soon.

  • Leave it
    • * Not headed to dealers as a finished package
    • * Would be expensive

Press Release

Chevrolet’s 2016 Silverado Special Ops concept imagines a unique rescue vehicle for special-operations forces.

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It is based on the Silverado 1500 Z71, which features a new front-end design and new technologies built into its strong, high-strength steel body structure and fully boxed frame, and draws its design inspiration from naval design aesthetics.

“This Silverado concept is a multipurpose truck that reflects the go-anywhere, do-anything commitment of special-forces teams,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.

The naval-inspired camo appearance, called Razzle Dazzle, was developed more than 100 years ago to disguise a ship’s speed, direction and profile to the enemy’s eye. It is based on a three-tone blue exterior color, marked by a distinctive array of varying colored lines and shapes intended to mask the ship.

“We created light, medium and darker shaded areas within camouflage bands flowing down the hood, body sides and tailgate,” said Todd Parker, director of design, Chevrolet Accessories. “That effect gives tremendous depth to the Silverado’s body, while reinforcing the nautical heritage of the unique camo design.”

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The concept blends unique components and new parts from Chevrolet Accessories’ portfolio for Silverado to create a truck that offers enhanced capability for just about any mission. Distinguishing features include a bed-mounted sport bar with LED lights, off-road tires, wheel flares, custom rocker guards, bed-mounted GearOn™ utility rack storage system and more.

A narrow light bar with six-inch LED light strips stretches across the top of the body-color grille – which is accented with black grille inserts – while black bowtie emblems complete the appearance.

Inside, the military-theme cues continue, with a bright Ejector Orange color used on the door pulls and glove box handle. The seats are trimmed with waterproof covers and the floors have waterproof liners, while the instrument panel and armrests echo the Razzle Dazzle camo paint scheme carried out on the exterior.

The complete list of Chevrolet Accessories and concept parts includes:

Black bowtie emblems
Underbody shield
Sport bar
LED off-road lights
Wheel flares
20-inch aluminum wheels with off-road tires
Custom rocker guards
GearOn™ tiered storage system
GearOn™ utility rack package
GearOn™ cargo tie-down rings
Floor liners
Spray-in bedliner (production option)
Embroidered headrests with the Special Ops logo.

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A new brake package, air intake and exhaust kits from Chevrolet Performance further enhance the driving experience of this Silverado concept.

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