Silverado SS Concept Truck
calls the Silverado SS the 'Corvette of Trucks' and since its coming
out party last year at the SEMA show in Las Vegas we have been wondering
about when this truck might reach production. Well, it appears we
may have to wonder no longer.
there is no formal production date yet announced, according to multiple
sources it seems that the Silverado SS is destined to return for
the 2003 model year - just in time for the Corvette's 50th anniversary
and the 10th anniversary of the last 454SS.
are some major differences though between the Silverado SS we drove
at Milan and the SS we expect will be showing up in the driveway
of every Chevy enthusiast from Gnome to Miami.
Silverado SS driven at Milan Raceway cuts an impressive figure with
its brilliant Poppy red color and huge aluminum wheels and absolutely
shatters the traditional sport truck performance mold by arriving
in an extended cab configuration. While some might argue that an
extended cab takes away from the pure sporting nature of past SS
vehicles, others would argue this allows the entire family to partake
in the fun. The Silverado SS's bed seamlessly joins the cab in a
unibody design somewhat similar to the Chevy Avalanche.
Silverado SS's extended cab interior is covered in leather
production SS will still keep the extended cab configuration but,
according to one engineer on hand at the driving event, it will
lose the unibody design going with the traditional two-piece bed
and cab. We also expect the 20" aluminum wheels to stay.
keeping with the Corvette theme (and sharing of parts), the Silverado
SS concept is powered by a modified 5.7-liter LS1 Corvette powerplant
bored out to 6.6-liters and mated to a six-speed manual tranny.
This engine is capable of 480 horsepower and 475 ft-lbs. of torque.
impractical and too expensive for widescale production we expect
the 2003 Silverado SS to go with the current engine of choice for
GM's high-end trucks, the small block Vortec 6000 6.0-liter V8 and
not the modified LS1. Based on our interview
with Jon Moss from SEMA last year, it will most likely be supercharged.
the SS are seats very similar to the Coolside II's. Again we thought,
and other journalists agreed, that both trucks had the most comfortable
seats around. Four point racing style seat belts only added to the
feeling that this is a truck made to explore the very pinnacles
of the performance envelope.
IP is quite similar to that of production Silverados with the exception
of an added air ride suspension indicator.
put our foot down on the extremely stiff clutch and the Silverado
SS started up with an engine growl worthy of its Corvette genealogy.
taillight assemblies look like they were freshly cut from steel
only had the chance to take the Silverado SS on the surface streets
but were witness later to some track runs down the 1/4-mile tarmac.
six speed manual tranny is the only way to go on a truck like this.
It's gearing was excellent though we never came close to testing
air ride suspension was quite harsh and only added to the Silverado
SS's performance mystique. Again, like 6th gear, we never came close
to fully exploring this aspect either.
at Milan on the track we didn't find the Silverado SS burning rubber
at greenlights. Like the Coolside twins it's all wheel drive. A
feature we also expect to find its way into production.
line with its larger size and smaller engine, the Silverado SS trailed
slightly behind the Coolside II in its times and top speeds.
GM has been absent from the performance truck arena for close to
ten years now, it's good to see, and play with, some of the vehicles
that might possibly come to your driveway very soon.
sure do have a nice toybox up there in Michigan.
again Mrs. Moss!
four-door extended cab pickup truck
Front-engine, All-Wheel Drive
Type and Size:
6.6-liter OHV aluminum LS1 V8 engine
480 @ 6000 rpm
475 @ 4800 rpm
and Drivetrain Mods:
- 2000 C5 T-56 six-speed manual transaxle
Six-speed manual rear mounted transmission
- Fabricated dual 4" inlet ducting
- Dual 12" conical air filters (K&N)
- 2000 Silverado 6.0l throttle body
- New composite intake manifold with revised tuning
- 2000 C5 aluminum rear suspension cradle
- Four-wheel independent SLA suspension
- Adjustable front and rear air ride suspension
- Fabricated, ceramic coated, stainless steel, tubular, four into
one headers with 1¾" primaries and 3" collectors
(Wheel to Wheel)
- Fabricated stainless steel dual 3" exhaust system
Chip Foose polished aluminum 20"x9" wheels with P255/40R20
F1-GS custom cut Goodyear tires
Chip Foose polished aluminum 22"x11" wheels with P305/35R22
F1-GS custom cut Goodyear tires
- 133.0 in wheelbase
- 62.2 in front track, 62.0 in rear track
5000 lbs total weight
2600 lbs front weight
(52.0%) / 2400 lbs rear weight (48.0%)
- Extended Cab
- Fleetside box
- Poppy red paint
- Composide hood, front fascia and rear fascia
- 2000 Silverado graphite, black and carbon fiber leather interior
- 60 mph: