Chevrolet Silverado Cheyenne Concept Drops at SEMA

Posted by: Kenny Chan onNovember 5th, 2013

The Silverado Cheyenne concept dropped at SEMA earlier today and drop it does, weight that is. With a healthy dose of carbon fiber replacing standard materials in the rear tailgate, bumper and box, and swapping in a set of carbon-ceramic brakes from the Camaro, about 200 pounds were shed. Even the Cheyenne emblem is made of carbon fiber. ;)

Some other stuff you’d expect to see on a truck (even light duty ones like this one) are also absent, like a trailer hitch, center console, sound deadening and a spare tire. Pair up all this weight reduction with a potent powerplant, the Cheyenne is equipped with a 6.2L V8 pumping out 420 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, and you’ve got one bad ass truck.

“Light-weighting is a time-honored method of making the most of a vehicle’s performance which Chevrolet has demonstrated time and again with vehicles like the original 2001 Corvette Z06 and the 2014 Camaro Z/28,” says Chevrolet’s Chris Perry in a statement. “And like those vehicles, the Cheyenne complements its lower weight with more horsepower.”

I’m not sure how big of a market there is for a performance-oriented light truck, but obviously both Ford and GM believe there is one and may be duking it out in a couple years. The only thing this beast is missing is a set of HRE carbon fiber wheels.

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