Supercharging Our Dreams: Chevrolet's 2018 Silverado Performance Concept

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
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Halloween is over, but there’s at least one automotive costume worth mentioning — the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Performance Concept. However, counter to most versions of dressing up, it’s what’s on the inside of this truck that matters.

Exterior design wasn’t forgotten — the Silverado is lower than a standard 1500 model and additional ducting helps cool what’s lurking beneath the hood. Air inlets add a bit of menace to the slate gray bodywork, too, which replaces any trim piece that could have been chromed. There is also a hint of red from behind the wheel spokes, denoting upgraded six-piston Brembo brakes. But it’s the 450 horsepower bestowed onto the truck via a new supercharger that makes all the difference.

As far as concept vehicles go, the Silverado Performance is maybe the least extravagant and most realistic example we’ve seen in a while. It maintains the mid-level 5.3-liter V8 but adds a supercharger borrowed from the 6.2-liter LT4 small block. We’d prefer to have seen that unit wedged into this pickup instead, as it would have made the final power specs even more impressive. But you can always buy and install that unit a la carte if you really want to.

The 5.3-liter is more reasonable and makes it seem like GM might be ready to call out Ford’s Raptor at any given moment. In fact, the Silverado includes other performance touches like a competition data logger and 22-inch wheels wrapped in performance-grade rubber. It appears well thought out, without being impractically ambitious.

Unfortunately, General Motors is unwilling to confirm production plans. As things stand, this remains nothing more than a concept pickup. But we can’t help but think it would make a great addition to Chevy’s lineup, likely stealing a few prospective Raptor buyers from Ford in the process — which is mighty high praise for a pickup that hasn’t even been built yet.

[Images: General Motors]

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  • Eyeofthetiger Eyeofthetiger on Nov 01, 2017

    Meh, a sportsy truck if (steering angle==0) { floor it; } else { big toe; }

  • JohnTaurus JohnTaurus on Nov 01, 2017

    Why keep mentioning the Raptor? I mean, other than it's high output engine, they couldn't be more different. This is obviously not an off-road focused truck as the Raptor is. This is more like an F-150 Lightning, which of course isn't part of its lineup right now, although I don't see why not since it would be easy to drop the Raptor's high output engine into a lowered 2wd truck.

  • Kat Laneaux What's the benefits of this as opposed to the Ford or Nissan. Will the mileage be better than the 19 city, 24 hwy? Will it cost less than the average of $60,000? Will it be a hybrid?
  • Johnster Minor quibble. The down-sized full-sized 1980-only Continental (which was available with Town Car and Town Coupe trims) gave up its name in 1981 and became the Town Car. The name "Town Coupe" was never used after the 1980 model year. The 1981 Lincoln Town Car was available with a 2-door body style, but the 2-door Lincoln Town Car was discontinued and not offered for the 1982 model year and never returned to the Lincoln lineup.
  • Zipper69 Some discreet dwebadging and this will pass for a $95k Lucid Air...
  • Zipper69 Does it REALLY have to be a four door?Surely a truly compact vehicle could stick with the half-door access with jump seats for short term passengers.
  • ToolGuy See kids, you can keep your old car in good condition.