Silverado Coolside II
if the original Coolside was refined, hardened and reborn out of
a nuclear inferno, its successor the Chevy Silverado Coolside II
looks better and performs at a higher level than its predecessor.
its spectrum-crossing flame paint job, this is one high performance
pickup that can only be described as enfuego! whether its
moving or standing still.
Coolside II employs the same pure-sport, regular cab / all-wheel
drive design philosophy as its precursor to ensure the maximum amount
of rubber is always in contact with the road when transferring the
powerful Vortec 8100's torque and horsepower to all four wheels.
Slippage is not an option.
gracefully handle the power supplied from the nearly 500ci engine,
the Coolside II borrows a heavy duty automatic transmission and
viscously coupled transfer case, like the one found in GMC's
Sierra C3, from the GM parts bin.
Coolside II's interior is definitely a step up in luxury and functionality
over the Coolside I. The high back red and black leather bucket
seats were equipped with four point seat belts that were probably
the most comfortable and supportive we drove in all day, including
the seats we found in the cars.
gauge cluster is contemporary Silverado. Handsome and functional.
the only awkward and unfinished part of the Coolside II interior
was the push button shift controls set in the center of the dash
near the HVAC controls replacing the traditional steering wheel
mounted PRNDL stalk.
the engine, it came to life with a deep bass growl like some pitbull
waiting to seize the road and not let go.
the road or track the Coolside II eats up the pavement
the 'D' shift button, we had to leave our foot on the brake for
a few seconds while the transmission put the truck in gear. Another
indication that this is still an experimental truck.
before hitting the drag strip we, took the Coolside II onto the
surface streets around Milan.
pit bull exhaust note rumbled loudly while driving slowly, and as
we accelerated in our quest to reach the threshold of Ypsilanti's
upper posted speed limits the growl built up and crescendoed.
had the A/C blowing cold air on high because of the oppressive midsummer
Michigan heat and humidity. But even with the A/C on the truck felt
full of power.
Coolside II's suspension handled the road a little firmer than the
Coolside I reinforcing the truck's sporting nature.
the automatic transmission the drive was an effortless demonstration
of a highly refined performance vehicle but the lack of a manual
transmission does leave the driver a bit out of the full enthusiast
at Milan we again hopped in line to drag the Coolside II down the
Coolside II once again showed its power and refinement over the
Coolside I as it sped down the center line with the throttle pushed
down as far as it would go. In fact this was the fastest truck we
drove hitting 106mph at the end of the 1/4-mile and covering that
distance in an amazing 12.88 seconds. A testament to its regular
cab, AWD configuration.
likelihood of the Coolside II reaching production seems to be quite
slim at this time. Apparently all effort is being directed to get
the last truck we drove into production - the Silverado SS.
two-door pickup truck
Front-engine, All-Wheel Drive
Type and Size:
- Modified big block Vortec 8100
- Iron block / aluminum head 16 valve OHV V8 engine
575 @ 5700 rpm
605 @ 4500 rpm
- Viscous, fulltime engagement transfer case
- Solid rear axle
- Frame mounted front differential
4L80HD-E four-speed automatic
- Independent, coil spring SLA front suspension
- Hotchkis drive leaf spring rear suspension
- Front disc / rear drum brakes with ABS
- GM Performance Parts aluminum Gen V/Gen VI
- 127 cc Combustion chamber volume
- 2.25" INTAKE, 1.88" exhaust valves
- Cylinder head bolts, 11mm x 7/16" (wheel to wheel)
Two-piece tuned runner intake manifold assembly
- Oval bore throttle body
- Fabricated dual air cleaner system
Fabricated stainless steel four into one tubular headers, 2½"
x 34" runners into 3" collectors (wheel to wheel)
- Fabricated dual 3" stainless steel exhaust system
- Dual 304 series 3" intlet and outlet mufflers
- Budnik 'Famosa' 18"x10" wheels
- Eagle F1 GS 295/45ZR-18 tires
63.8 in front / 64.9 in rear track
2962 pounds (63.4%)
1710 pounds (36.6%)
- Regular cab
- Sportside box
- Custom black paint job with multi-hued flames
- Increased height tailgate
- Molded front air dam with 2000 Tahoe Z71 fog lamps
- Aluminum core tonneau cover
- Custom black leather seats and door trim with red perforated leather
- Black and red leather trimmed steering wheel
- 60 mph: