The Chevrolet Silverado Cheyenne concept embraces the adage that less is more. With this performance-oriented concept of the all-new 2014 Silverado regular cab, a reduced curb weight and the performance of the new 420-horsepower 6.2L V-8 combine for a strong power-to-weight ratio and exhilarating performance. (Vanderkaay / GM)
General Motors Co. will show a Chevrolet Silverado Cheyenne concept truck Monday at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas that features a lightweight carbon fiber truck bed and several parts from the yet-to-be-released 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.
Chevrolet earlier this year launched a new 2014 Silverado pickup and is expected to showcase several truck concepts at the trade-only show.
The Silverado Cheyenne concept builds on the new Silverado and features a high performance EcoTec3 6.2-liter V-8 engine and an enhanced performance exhaust helping it to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in about 5.3 seconds. The truck’s ride height has been lowered and handling and braking were boosted.
“We think this is going to be a highly competitive performance truck,” said Sandor M. Piszar, director of strategy and planning for GM performance vehicles and motorsports.
The Silverado Cheyenne concept uses a “as much lightweight componentry as we could come up with,” said Dave Ross, design manager for Chevrolet performance and specialty vehicles.
GM shed 200 pounds off the 4,503 pound curb weight on a Silverado regular cab with a 5.3-liter V-8 engine and a 6-foot, 6-inch box. The automaker used carbon fiber for the bumpers, tailgate and inner cargo box , saving an “incredible amount of weight,” Ross said.
The truck concept also features Brembo carbon ceramic brakes from the Camaro Z/28 and its 19-inch aluminum wheels, Recaro seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel, Ross said.
“We really borrowed heavily from the ... Z/28,” he said.
Chevy also removed the truck’s trailer hitch, spare tire, center console and other material to save weight.
“With the Cheyenne concept, we’ve taken the low-mass concept to a new level — with exciting results,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing, in a statement. “It is only a concept right now, but we are continually exploring new ways to give Silverado customers more.”