Chevrolet Cheyenne Performance Truck a Dose of Nostalgia, Future

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Chevrolet Silverado Cheyenne Concept Truck

(Photo courtesy General Motors)

GM unveiled its Chevrolet Cheyenne concept this week, a futuristic hot rod truck based on the Silverado with a retro name longtime Chevy fans can respect.

According to the press release from GM, the Cheyenne gets a lowered ride height, rear stabilizer bar, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, and a major diet program that shaved nearly 200 lbs from its chunky stock curb weight of 4,503 lbs.

Chevrolet Marketing Vice President Chris Perry said, “The Cheyenne concept explores the performance possibilities of the all-new Silverado, which is already built on a mass-efficient layout and delivers a greater balance of performance and efficiency than any other full-size truck in Chevrolet’s history.

“Lightweighting 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,” Perry continued. “And like those vehicles, the Cheyenne complements its lower weight with more horsepower.”

The 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 gasoline engine powers the Cheyenne, while the stock six-speed automatic transmission sends its rollicking 420 horsies and 460 ft-lbs of torque to the rear wheels. Inside, the truck gets a performance-oriented interior, with Recar sport seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel similar to the one found in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and a host of safety technology offerings including lane departure warning, front and rear park assist, and a rear-vision camera.

Perry said, “Elements such as high-strength steel in the frame and body structure are found on all production models, while some also feature aluminum suspension components, contributing to the Silverado’s everyday performance. With the Cheyenne concept, we’ve taken the low-mass concept to a new level – with exciting results.

“It is only a concept right now, but we are continually exploring new ways to give Silverado customers more.”

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