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Even though Chevy denies buyers a Z71 version of the Silverado 2500HD, it wants you to know how cool it could be. Say hello to "Big Red," powered by a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel backed by a six-speed Allison transmission, it combines a number of GM performance accessories with Rancho shocks and an "Earnhardt Red" paint scheme similar to that found on last year's NASCAR-legend inspired offering.

Chevy's full press release is posted after the jump.



Taking cues from Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s "Big Red" Silverado that debuted at SEMA in 2006, the '08 Silverado HD Crew Z71 Big Red demonstrates how that expressive concept's unique features would look with production-type components. It combines numerous GM Accessories inspired by Earnhardt's Big Red and features additional custom touches. It also supposes the popular Z71 off-road package on the Silverado 2500HD – a model not offered by the factory. It's powered by the 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 and a six-speed Allison transmission.

Vehicle highlights:

* Silverado 2500HD Crew Cab 4x4
* Z71 grille and bumper; underbody protection
* Z71 badging on floor mats, sill plates and instrument cluster
* 6.6L Duramax diesel with Allison six-speed automatic transmission
* "Earnhardt Red" exterior color
* Lifted ride height
* Rancho shocks
* Ballistic nylon seat material

GM Accessories features (production and concept):

* 20 x 35-inch wheel-and-tire package (concept)
* Box storage management system
* Portable DVD player system
* Integrated loading ramp running boards
* Chrome door and tow hooks
* Light bar integrated in GMA box rail
* Fuel door (concept)
* Bed rug
* Two-way remote start
* HD billet grille
* Hood louvers
* Rear wheelhouse liners

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      • 7 Years Ago
      My 2500 hd is a z71,the only thing they deny us is the dale jr red paint,if we vote for best looking truck at sema this one takes the lead.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Time to put the coo-coo back in the clock Larry
      • 7 Years Ago
      That new Silverado just doesn’t look right no matter how much BS you bolt onto it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Time to put to coo-coo back in the clock Larry
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks good, but what is the price tag?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seriously, is Autoblog owned by GM now? Lose the Ads pretending to be posts or I'm out of here.

        • 7 Years Ago
        GM isn't selling any of these SEMA cars and trucks to the general public, so how could these be considered ads?

        I'm sure when AutoBlog gets pics of other SEMA vehicles from other manufacturers, they'll post those too.

        I don't see you complaining about the daily posts concerning the Nissana GTR. Stop whining!
      • 7 Years Ago
      What surprises me is that while this may be a heavy duty truck, they still refuse to build solid front axles for them. I'd think that the IFS would be an Achilles heel on an otherwise excellent vehicle.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The truck looks quite good... But what's the thing with Americans and not using wheel arches when modifying? To me it just looks like somebody forgot to put them on. Driving that thing in gravel certainly wouldn't do the paint job any favours.

      And those big rims? I don't really see the point. Put that thing on 38 inch super swampers, off road cars need big rubber, not rims.
        • 7 Years Ago
        As you say- it looks good. Function is a distant second. If it weren't, there'd be 37's mounted on some 17" wheels...blablabla... Most of what you'll see from SEMA is serious over-the-top bling.
      Nuno Miguel Aguiar
      • 4 Years Ago
      finally a good looking car from GM and they had to go all the way to Europe to find it, unfortunately GM's ace engineers will ruin the car by softening the suspension and designing new seats for our ever widening asses in NA.
      • 7 Years Ago
      37s would look even better on this truck
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know about some people...really. I don't care about the GTR articles on here and Edmunds. I don't read them, and I don't comment on them. It's quite simple.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Will they offer an Earnhardt green or blue silverado next year since he is changing colors?
        • 7 Years Ago
        No they are talking about Dale Jr silverado that was shown last year, complete with Dale Jr's signature and the # on the side.
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