Imagine if components from the mighty 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 found their way to a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. Now, imagine no more, because that’s exactly what we see with the 2014 Silverado Cheyenne Concept.
While the 6.2L L86 EcoTec3 V8 with its 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque remains untouched, the Silverado Cheyenne Concept benefits from an improved power-to-weight ratio, shedding 200 pounds from a basic 4,503-pound 2014 Silverado regular cab with a 6’6″ bed and 5.3L V8, meaning that the weight drops to 4,303 pounds. Notably, a Silverado regular cab is not currently offered with the 6.2L engine, but Chevrolet is at least showing us that they’re aware of that fact with the Silverado Cheyenne Concept.
To help get the weight down, the Cheyenne Concept features carbon fiber front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and tailgate. The weight-loss program also called for a trailer hitch deletion, spare tire deletion, removal of the center console, and the integration of an aluminum driveshaft and composite rear leaf springs. Meanwhile, aerodynamic enhancements are found both front and back, with an integrated rear spoiler on the tailgate, and a Camaro Z/28-inspired extractor vent on the hood.
The 2014 Camaro Z/28 cues don’t stop there. Also added were the Camaro Z/28 Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, which — besides decreasing stopping distance — also help save weight since the carbon ceramic-matrix rotors are significantly lighter than conventional steel rotors. You probably also noticed that the Cheyenne is sporting the same minimalist aluminum wheels as the Z/28. What you can’t see from the initial photos, however, is that the Silverado Cheyenne Concept also has Recaro sport seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel.
For years, advocates of performance trucks have been clamoring for a new Silverado SS, and this bossed up SEMA show truck could very well be a look into the future. Let’s hope such a truck comes to fruition.