Add boost, haul more

Folks like to modify their rides for a variety of reasons. Some like to add a dash of personalized style, while others want to enhance the vehicle’s natural talents. However, some of the most interesting results come from the desire to take a vehicle out of its comfort zone, and as a result, create the unexpected. The Chevrolet Silverado Performance Concept is a great example of something from that third category. While the Silverado is best known for its ability to haul goods, Chevy decided to see what would happen if it built a Silverado that could also haul ass. As such, this 2018 model gets a boatload of extra power thanks to a new concept supercharger system that ramps up output from the truck’s 5.3-liter V-8 engine by more than 100 horsepower. Of course, while gobs of extra power is always appreciated, a well-rounded build needs the complementary gear to go with it, and the Silverado Performance Concept delivers with additional performance parts, styling upgrades, and more.

Making its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Silverado Performance Concept joins roughly 20 other factory-backed Chevy models in attendance to entice both builders and enthusiasts alike with Bow Tie-styled goodness. Read on for the details on this go-faster truck.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Silverado Performance Concept.

What Makes The Chevrolet Silverado Performance Concept Special

  • Concept supercharger adds more than 100 horsepower
  • Blower is based on the Camaro ZL1 and Corvette Z06
  • Big Brembo brakes in front
  • 22-inch wheels
  • Breathing support mods
  • Custom exterior graphics
  • Black badges and trim
  • Carbon fiber gauges
  • Performance Data Logger

Wait, It’s A Blown Silverado?

2018 Chevrolet Silverado Performance Concept Drivetrain
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Concept supercharger adds more than 100 horsepower
Under the hood we find a brand-new supercharger stuffing the stock 5.3-liter V-8 with enough boost to produce more than 100 extra horsepower.

You heard right. The big news with this concept is what’s going on under the hood, where we find a brand-new supercharger stuffing the stock 5.3-liter V-8 with enough boost to produce more than 100 extra horsepower. Although Chevy didn’t give us specific figures, we know that the V-8 Silverado makes 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque from the factory, so it’s probably safe to assume as much as 460 horses and nearly 480 pound-feet of torque from this concept. In stock form, the 0-to-60 mph sprint takes 7.2 seconds, and we’re guessing the blower cuts that down to the high-five-second range.

That’s a huge jump in output and performance, but we’re not surprised. Chevy says the supercharger system is based on the same blower you get on the LT4-equipped Camaro ZL1 and Corvette Z06, even utilizing an intercooler system to keep the incoming air nice and chilly.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado Performance Concept Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Black badges and trim
That’s a huge jump in output and performance, but we’re not surprised. Chevy says the supercharger system is based on the same blower you get with the Camaro ZL1.

To help put it all to the pavement, the Performance Concept gets 22-inch performance-oriented tires, which are mounted on custom aluminum wheels painted in a unique hue. Under the front rollers are new brakes from Brembo, rocking six-piston calipers finished in red.

Supporting the superchargers is a new cold-air intake, as well as a cat-back exhaust with a polished tip. This last bit left us a bit surprised, as we would have expected a full-length exhaust upgrade to make the most of the blower, but hey – 100 horsepower is still 100 horsepower.

What’s Going On With The Exterior?

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Custom exterior graphics

To help it look the part of a tuned performance machine, this concept Silverado gets a new Satin Steel Gray paint job. Adding extra lines and muscly sinews is a restyled lower fascia up front, plus new air ducts and a new hood. The grille surrounds and bumper were also repainted to match the color of the body.

Complimentary details include darker accents for the window moldings and various body emblems, as well as smoked coverings for the headlights and taillights. You’ll also find custom exterior graphics and a tri-fold tonneau cover.

Looks Pretty Good!

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Carbon fiber gauges

We agree, and the good stuff continues inside where the steering wheel is covered in black suede and gets the requisite performance red stripe. The concept also uses carbon fiber gauges from the Z71, as well as an LCD competition-style dash logger so you can put some numbers to your extra performance.

And, being a truck, there’s some practicality-oriented gear as well, including all-weather floor liners and a storage organizer under the rear seat.

We didn’t get any photos of the interior, but it sounds like it’s got the right stuff to impress.


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Press release

For as long as there have been trucks, they’ve been used for hauling more than just cargo. The 2018 Silverado Performance Concept explores the performance capability of Chevy’s light-duty pickup with a concept supercharger system that figuratively and literally blows more life into its 5.3L V-8 engine. It’s based on the supercharger of the LT4 engine offered in the Corvette Z06 and Camaro ZL1.

The Silverado Performance Concept also features Chevrolet Performance and Chevrolet Accessories parts that complement the supercharged engine, including a performance exhaust system and a performance brake kit. Custom exterior enhancements round out the Silverado concept’s high-performance aesthetic.


Chevrolet Performance LT4-style intercooled supercharger system adds 100+ horsepower
22-inch performance tires
Enhanced Satin Steel Gray exterior color
Unique hood, air ducts and lower front fascia
Body-color grille surrounds and bumpers
Dark Android window moldings
Custom exterior graphics
Smoked headlamp and taillamp lenses
Black suede-wrapped steering wheel with red stripe and black bowtie emblem
Carbon-fiber Z71 gauges
LCD competition-style dash logger app


Front six-piston Brembo® brake upgrade kit in red
5.3L cat-back exhaust system with polished tip
Performance cold-air induction system


22-inch aluminum wheels (custom color for concept vehicle) and center caps
Black bowtie emblems
Tri-fold tonneau cover
All-weather floor liners
Rear underseat storage organizer

The Silverado Performance concept joins approximately 20 additional Chevrolet models this week at the SEMA Show, Oct. 31-Nov. 3. Follow the action at, #CHEVYSEMA, @ChevroletPerformance on Instagram and Chevrolet Performance on Facebook.

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