The first-ever GMC Sierra Denali 3500 made its debut on a humid, cloudy morning at the remote Milan dragway in southern Michigan. In the presence of eight other pickups trucks, including a rival Ford F-350 Super Duty and a handful of automotive journalists (including yours truly) and engineers for the Pickuptrucks.com HD Shootout, the truck seemed to have been the life of the party. Bottom line: if the 2500 Sierra Denali HD isn’t enough to bring out the alpha male in you, the full-ton dually version should do the trick.The Denali 3500 has many of the same amenities as its 2500 Denali brother, but has a stronger back. Cabin highlights include traditional Denali attire – premium sound from Bose, adjustable pedals, wood trimming, heated/cooling leather seats, brushed aluminum accents, as well as Denali badging and stitching.
The powerplant, shared with GM’s other 3500 variants, is the ever-important 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine with 765 lb.-ft. of throw-your-head-back torque and the capability to tow a small moon. All that power is put through the drivetrain by the burly Allison 1000 transmission. The exterior is only offered in a either Black, Stealth Gray, or White in order to maximize the effectiveness of the perfect amount of chrome.
You’re going to have to wait until mid-August to find out just how well the Sierra Denali did on the straights against its rivals from Dodge Ram and Ford. Until then, keep in touch!