• Oct 23, 2009
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When gas prices spiked and automakers began focusing more attention on fuel efficient cars and crossovers, we began wondering if the pickup truck's best days were behind it. The next big blow came when domestic automakers began postponing or canceling development of light-duty diesel engines for their half-ton trucks. Then, when things were at their bleakest, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor arrived. The SVT-badged baja bruiser is one serious piece of hardware, with unique Fox struts and 35-inch rubber.

With the overwhelmingly positive reaction that the Raptor has received, we've been wondering if General Motors, Chrysler or even Toyota would follow suit with their own sand monster. After seeing a Camaro video posted by Chevrolet on YouTube, we may have evidence that it's a strong possibility.

The purpose of the video is to showcase several new Camaro graphics packages that will appear at SEMA next month, but anyone can see the pair of pics in the upper right hand corner that show a bad ass green machine dressed up in a bow tie and sporting six-spoke wheels. The hopped-up Silverado is lifted to within an inch of its life with highly flared wheel wells to corral all that rubber, but it's hard to tell if the mods are more for show than actual dune diving. Hit the jump to check out the video, and clap twice out loud if you want Chevy to take on Ford's Raptor.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Reasons why GM shouldn't build this truck:

      1. It is a small niche that will likely be saturated by the Raptor. How many more trucks like this is their room for in the market?

      2. GM has much better places where they can spend their R&D money, if you don't believe me go drive any Chevy sedan that isn't a Malibu.

      3. The gov't will probably veto it anyways, so no sense in putting any effort into it.

      Besides, how many SEMA concepts actually ever get built? Not many, this is most likely just advertisement for the Silverado.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lar-
      I said "If a niche VEHICLE makes a profit" . . .

      GM's solvency depends upon more than just building certain car lines.

      Hey, how are those mustang sales doing compared to the camaro?
      Yeah, that was a terrible case of GM copying Ford.

      Still waiting to see Ford's Volt fighter . . .
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, considering the fact that the truck in the background has ~22" rims on it, I'd say no, GM will not be building a Raptor fighter. A sparring partner for the Raptor seems more likely.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Find me a recent concept drawing that doesn't have impossibly large wheels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      SERIOUSLY doubt that GM could or would. Yeah, they will possibly have some kind of concept vehicle at SEMA but that's about it.
      Even if they did produce a Raptor competitor, it would NOT be any threat to the Ford IMO.
      But, then I'm not a GM truck fan.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly. All I see on those boards are a SEMA concept vehicle, not a production Raptor competitor. Nice try though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM already had on the books b4 the bankruptcy ..the GMT915. It was canceled along with alot of other programs
      • 5 Years Ago
      If GM can make money in this segment, then they should build a Raptor fighter.
      You people bitching about them taking a bailout and not having enough euro spec cars need to remember they need to make a PROFIT any way they can in order to repay the loans. If a niche vehicle makes a profit, it should be built. Lots of Americans still like fun, powerful cars and trucks and they're willing to pay for it.

      Enough Camaro appearance packages. We want the Z28 GM!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lar7789789=TOOL or Troll

        i predict both
        Lar7789789
        • 5 Years Ago
        they ain't making no profit buddy, they only care about flooding the market with crappy cars, .... thats what got them in trouble in the first place.

        besides they can't even compete with Ford at this point, they should worry about introducing new and novel ideas. not copying Ford, but wait, this is GM that will never happen
      • 5 Years Ago
      Of course, for government-backed GM to produce a fire-breathing pickup, they'd have to distract Uncle Sam with a bunch of hybrids. But, I'd love to see a Corvette-powered Raptor-fighter, preferrably with a Tremec six-speed and Hurst shifter, because a manly truck like that deserves better than a wimpy slushbox.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think GM has bigger issues than the Raptor. They need to focus their attention to high-volume vehicles. I don't think they've had a car which has sold over 300,000 in a year since the 80s.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed!

        GM Needs to see about buying Ford's Playbook from that spy guy that sold Ford Secrets!

        LOL - Oh I sure hope they drill that guy with questions like "WHO BOUGHT THEM" and then let the public know! :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, they already have a strong presence in trucks, they should focus more on cars, and specifically getting them here quicker(Impala)
        Carlos
        • 5 Years Ago
        They need to focus on getting the cruze here and make it cheap and fun to drive while looking nice.

        In other news, GM still doesn't get it
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. If GM is even considering competing with the Ford Raptor (which I believe that will fail if they tried), it really has its priorities screwed up. What GM really needs now is money, and to get money, GM needs to significantly improve its small cars and mid-sized sedans. A fast truck won't do it. It's not what Ford had in mind for the Raptor as well. Besides, is there any chance that a gas-guzzler fast truck would get the green light from the oval office? Not a chance in hell. The new GM will not have any balls for a long long long time and Ford is surely enjoying it.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh please please please please I love the Raptor but I would so much prefer a GM truck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        I like the Raptor, and said I would buy one of if they produced it, but it looks a little tacky with the cosmetic changes they made. Having said that, I love that you can actually buy a truck with a real tire/susp combo! GM should put the H2 chassis/susp setup with the Silverado body. That would be ideal! I am still amazed how GM has failed to capitalize on our willingness to buy a truck with some added capability. I don't want to buy a truck that has the same size tires as a Tacoma. GM needs to add some flavor to their trucks. Whatever happened to the Z71...oh yeah, it has bilstein shocks...And you can buy 2wd Z71, come' on man! I have always been a Chevy guy, but today I would buy and F150.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Didn't GM disband their performance division awhile ago

      http://www.autoblog.com/2009/02/18/breaking-gm-disbands-high-performance-vehicle-operations/3

      what team is going to be R&D-ing this Oopma Loompas? Does GM really think they can just throw a Baja racing truck together? They'd be better off sticking a LSA or LS9 in the Silverado and shooting for the Lightning crowd it's not like Ford currently has anything in that segment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would rather see a LSA-powered SS than something specifically built for off road that will be bought by a bunch of people that never take them off road. Ford, bring back the Lightning. GM, build something to compete with a new Lightning.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thipps, shut the hell up.

        Dan, thank you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Idiot get your facts straight. Chevy sold 311,128 Impalas last year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A sale is a sale however you look at it, they sold over 300K units. As for Lar7789789, you got to be joking that GM is copying Ford. Ford only wish their Lincoln look as good as Cadillac's (The new MKS is very nice and I really like it but FWD, it's no Caddy). Mercury... come on it's a rebadge Ford. Even Pontiac did a better job rebadging Chevy and GMC actually made profit doing it. The Fusion is a really nice car but I think the Malibu trumps that. We're not going there with the Focus or Cobalt. They both shameless vehicle compare to the competition.
        Lar7789789
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you are the idiot - how many of those impalas were sold to actual private owners, and how many were sold to police agencies, or rental fleets or other state tyope agencies? hmm.... genius???

        But back to the topic... I think GM should stop trying to copycat Ford, because now its just becoming too obvious.

        GM can't sell the trucks they have now, and here they are bringing out another truck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM has always been able to sell cars. The real issue is can GM sell cars and turn a profit?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lar7789789

        if you think that GM has not thought about making a off road purpose truck than your crazy. SO you think that Ford is the only company that thinks of these things?

        when GM produced the Camaro were u sitting in your vinyl computer chair chanting Copy cats? thats almost like saying that the MKs copies he cts.

        ok im done now
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM sold most of those Impalas to rental car companies, just like the Malibu, GM is #1 in rental cars, ahead of even Crisisler... big deal... they make almost no profit on this crap market.
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