There are rare cases where you can have your cake and eat it too and Chevrolet is making that dream a reality with their newest concept for SEMA. According to Chevrolet’s official press release they dropped earlier today (Oct. 31,2017) their 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Performance Concept takes the stock engine found in the truck and dials its performance up to 11 by shoving more air into its induction manifold via a supercharger straight from its Corvette. And not only have they made it faster underneath the hood, they’ve made sure it looks as good and can stop on a dime. Check out a couple of photos GM has graced us of this truck with a Corvette heart.
Although the Corvette has moved away from the LS series, GM invested a lot of time and money into making the LS a great all-around engine with it still seeing use in some of its more utilitarian cars, like the Silverado truck. In its stock form the L83 dubbed the Ecotec3 5.3L V8, is good for 355 HP and 383 lb-ft, more than enough for some serious work. But strap the supercharger from the Corvette LT4, and according to Chevrolet, it’s good enough for 100+ HP and presumably a lot more torque.
In addition, they’ve outfitted the exterior to make sure people know this truck means business. Around all four corners are a set of stickier tires surrounding larger 22-inch wheels. They’ve painted the Silverado with a Satin Steel Gray exterior color, slapped on a different hood with air ducts in key places, added a front lip, color matched the surrounds and bumpers and added window moldings. In addition, the headlights and taillamps are smoked.
Supporting the added power is a six-pot Brembo brake upgrade kit painted bright red. GM has also made sure that everyone can hear this LS scream as they’ve replaced the stock exhaust with a presumably larger and wider open diameter piping. Sucking in more air is a re-routed cold-air intake system.
Like it or not, trucks do more than just haul stuff. Realistically, most trucks never see a lick of work in its entire existence. GM is just keeping it real and giving its consumers what they want, a more powerful engine in a politically correct chassis, the truck.