A radical off-roader dubbed the Chevy Beast will headline the American automaker’s lineup at the 2021 SEMA Show this week.
The Chevy Beast is based on a Chevy Silverado 1500 chassis and is powered by the automaker’s supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8 engine, which is rated at 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. The LT4 engine is paired with a GM 10-speed automatic transmission in the Beast, linked up to a two-speed transfer case.
Another headlining feature of the Chevy Beast is the suspension, which is comprised of long-travel shocks and a newly developed five-link rear end. The off-roader also boasts a widened, 91-inch track, which contributes to more stable handling and optimal driver control during high-speed off-road driving, the automaker says. It rides on massive 37-inch-tall off-road tires mounted on 20-inch beadlock wheels, which hide a Chevrolet Performance Big Brake upgrade system.
|Engine||Supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8|
|Transmission||10L90 10-speed automatic|
|Driveline||4WD, 2-speed transfer case|
|Front Suspension||Concept upper and lower control arms and fully adjustable racing strut assemblies with remote reservoirs|
|Rear Suspension||Concept 5-link with Panhard bar and fully adjustable racing shocks with remote reservoirs|
|Front Brakes||Chevrolet Performance Brembo® front disc brakes with six-piston calipers|
|Rear Brakes||Disc brakes|
|Wheels||20 x 10-inch Raceline RTM260M Avenger True beadlock|
|Tires||37 x 13.5-inch AMP Terrain Attack M/T|
|Overall Length, in||204.0|
|Front Track, in||91.0|
|Rear Track, in||91.0|
|Max Front Suspension Travel, in||12.0|
|Max Rear Suspension Travel, in||15.5|
|Ground Clearance, in||13.5|
|Approach Angle, degrees||45|
|Departure Angle, degrees||46.5|
|Breakover Angle, degrees||35|
Inside, the Chevy Beast has a “minimalist, functional design,” featuring a quartet of Recaro performance seats with four-point harnesses, as well as two seven-inch-diagonal LCD screens that monitor vehicle functions and performance data, including body pitch and roll. Tubular doors help keep the weight down and build on the minimalist exterior and interior design.
A pair of spare tires is mounted in the vehicle’s bed, while a purpose-built off-road LED light bar from Baja Designs adorns the roof. Chevy says the Beast was designed to have almost no front and rear overhangs as well, maximizing the vehicle’s maximum approach and departure angles for traversing steep grades.
“There’s nothing else like The Chevy Beast,” said Jeff Trush, GM’s program manager for Pace Car and Specialty Show Vehicles. “It delivers a ton of performance and capability, which makes it adept at conquering rough terrain — and it flat-out flies in desert running.”
“The Chevy Beast concept sets a new standard for off-road performance,” he added.
The Chevy Beast is one of several new production and concept trucks the automaker will display at the 2021 SEMA Show this week. GM Authority will be present at the SEMA Show covering the Chevy Beast and other Chevrolet vehicles on display, so be sure to subscribe for more Chevy Silverado news, Chevy news, SEMA news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.