SEMA: Live GM truck highlights
The GM display was pretty lively with a whole slew of different vehicles tricked out to suit just about any lifestyle. Particularly the trucks. As we told you, GM had what seemed like hundreds of these things scattered around the booth. Some of them were so simple and lame uninspired that we didn't even bother to get live shots. The media pics and press releases should tell you everything you need to know about them. Others, although far short of what we'd consider drool-worthy, had some cool features or were so specific in their execution that we had to smile and pass them along. Without further ado, here are the ones we liked enough, for one reason or another, to share with you. The read link will take you to the previous post with the media pics and press releases.
The 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 Texas Edition was designed for Texans and so this concept sports 22-inch chrome wheels, a custom trimmed power soft tonneau cover and a custom Texas Edition slide-out toolbox. And that's what we liked-the tonneau, interior and toolbox. We didn't check, but we were wondering if the tools were glued down. If not, we're guessing the bed will be nearly empty by Friday.
The 2007 Chevy Silverado Rally Sport was a little closer to the kind of truck we'd build if we were in charge. Lowered and modified to evoke the spirit of the first-generation Rally Sport Camaros. Plus it seemed to have the highest chick-magnet quotient.
The GMC Sierra NFL Crew Cab is an upscale tailgater's dream, complete with a B-B-Q grill, cutting board and cooler, collapsible seats, a 50-inch satellite-fed plasma screen, Bose sound system, and an interior that looks like footballs flattened by William "The Refrigerator" Perry.
The Chevy Orange County Choppers (OCC) Silverado was a little more extreme. Pretty nice execution of a hideous unique design, this one had quite a crowd around it too. Lots of black and billet, with 4 chromed chopper engines mounted in the customized cargo bed. Videographer Elliot put it nicely, "What a waste of 4 good engines.
The Silverado 427, powered by GM's 7.0-liter LS7 from the Z06 with a six-speed manual, rear wheel drive only, a lowered suspension, and a fairly tasteful styling package is something that appears to be truly worthy of an SS moniker. Definitely the one at least one of us would have gone home with.
Attracting perhaps the second-largest crowd, the Dale Earnhardt Jr. "Big Red" Silverado is "Earnhardt's personal notion of off-road enjoyment." As such, it can't be knocked. Baja on the outside, boulevard on the inside, it's definitely a truck for people who like to have some fun in style.
The GMC Silverado E-85 Handyman showed off its corn power with a huge graphic running the length of the vehicle. Only thing that could have made this better would have been cob holders as winch and hitch covers. The dumping bed was pretty cool.
The 2007 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab Z71 Plus with its 320-horsepower V-8 and HUMMER-ized suspension would probably be a decent off-road buggy, if you could get past the lunar lander looks. This one received the most negative responses from the assembled crowd in an informal eavesdropping session. Perhaps not as bad as the photos seem to indicate, it certainly has a futuristic look that seems a bit odd on something as traditional as a pickup.
The 2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT by DUB was a bit of a surprise. No mention of it in the press materials, it really stood out even in this gathering of flashy trucks. Perhaps it was the baby blue paint. Maybe it was the 26-inch rims or Strut grilles. We think it was the matching Hayabusa in the bed. Definitely the best bit.
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