• Nov 3rd 2009 at 12:25PM
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Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

That rumored Ford Raptor fighter from General Motors? Not quite. The Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Concept (it's only a concept, but some of the components could be available on future pickups) is a reasonable attempt to bring the off-road fight back to Ford, with a four-inch lift, 20-inch BBS RD wheels, BDS shocks and a 550-hp supercharged version of GM's LS crate V8. But the real work is hidden beneath the clear coat, with carbon fiber body panels replacing the steel hood and fenders. And that new fascia? Don't be surpised to see a modified version affixed to future Silverados. Check the gallery below for live shots from the floor and make the jump for Chevy's brief press release.

  • Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Concept. X09SV_CH089
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Silverado ZR2 concept

At a glance, it's clear the Silverado ZR2 concept wasn't designed to haul flowers back from the nursery. With its widened body, tall stance and powerful LS supercharged engine, it is ready to hit the berms, dry washes and gullies of the Baja Peninsula.

The Silverado ZR2 is based on an extended cab/short box body. The custom bodywork includes carbon fiber fender flares that stretch outward to cover the 35-inch-tall Goodyear Wrangler off-road tires and widened stance. Much of the truck's body is made of carbon fiber, including the front fenders, extractor-style hood, rocker extensions and tailgate, which features large, debossed CHEVROLET lettering as a nod to Chevy trucks of the past.

The pickup box, which is protected with a spray-on liner, features a unique locking storage system mounted to the extruded aluminum Cargo Management System rails from Chevy Accessories.

Many of the carbon fiber parts, including the hood, are clear-coated, rather than painted, to show off the intricate weave pattern of the high-tech, lightweight material. The parts that aren't clear carbon fiber are painted Dune Metallic, a color that blends with the desert terrain. A large, more prominent grille is also part of the package and is a vision of what designers would like to see in a production or accessory part. It is very functional, feeding cool air to the 550-horsepower LS supercharged crate engine from GM Performance Parts.

The combination of 20-inch BBS RD wheels – reminiscent of historic Chevy truck wheel – and aggressive Goodyear Wrangler MT/R tires connect to the chassis via BDS shocks and a four-inch lift kit to help negotiate those desert trails. The new front fascia dramatically improves approach angle and skid plates protect the chassis.

The interior features more carbon fiber details on the dash, along with black leather and suede-trimmed seats with contrasting stitching to those trail runs more comfortable.

"There's more to this concept than meets the eye," said Dewar. "Some of the components are being explored for possible inclusion in upcoming models."

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmm, Id probably still go with the Ford on styling and performance even though the chevy is supercharged. both are pretty close though!
      • 5 Years Ago
      ACCKKKKK..... Just when I thought the regular Silverado couldn't get any uglier, they go and do this to my eyes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You realize what SEMA is for, don't you? It is not to display vehicles ready for production - it's a breeding ground for excitement and stimulus for the imagination.

      Also, depending on what tax bracket you're in, I doubt you paid but a small amount of your tax dollars to loan GM money.

      But hey, since you're not interested in facts, I won't waste your time trying to dispel your misconceptions with the truth. For you, fiction seems much more satisfying.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not as menacing as the Raptor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still, you have to admit that the only reason that this truck is being shown, is because of the Raptor.

      The thing is, if they wanted to really show something.............. they could have made it a bit less half assed. A 4" lift.................... ooohhhhhh. 20's with rim protectors................. ooohhhhhh.

      Decide what you want it to be.................. a bad assed race truck, with 550hp, or a bad assed off-road truck. Then do either or, to the best of your ability.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, I don't agree. It's SEMA. There are all kinds of bolt-on specials at SEMA, going in all directions at once too. Even if Ford hadn't done the Raptor, GM would have had one or more customized trucks at SEMA.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ACCKKKKK.... Just when I thought the regular Silverado couldn't get any uglier.

      Half assed attempt. Take it back to the high school shop class you stole it from...
        • 5 Years Ago
        holy malfunction batman!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chevy should put that grille on its regular Silverados. It's a drastic improvement over the current one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ACCKKKKK..... Just when I thought the regular Silverado couldn't get any uglier, they go and do this to my eyes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is this being compared to a Raptor? I swear, people are entranced.

      This is nothing like a Raptor. The Raptor's big changes are suspension, specifically a lot of droop, like a trophy truck. This vehicle is slightly lifted, but mostly has power adds and weight reductions (at least token ones).

      For what the Raptor is designed for, it's a far better vehicle than this. For what this is good for, well, I can't really think of what this is good for, although it shares that trait with many other concept vehicles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, looks like GM is getting more stupid and stupid as time passes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Frank

        with all of your truck experience what is piss poor about this truck please enlighten us.

        and hell yes i am a american car fanboy. if the company and its profits are not in the united states then i wont buy one. and yes i support GM because i honestly believe that they are the most exiting car company in the world right now. think about the new cars they produce and what is coming in the next 2 years. i think that GM and ford are heading in a better direction than most in the world. examples-vw (once a cool company who made fun cars) is not after becoming the biggest in the world by making cookie cutter cars, toyota and honda well i dont have to say anything about them that everyone doesnt already know.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You obvisously knew what I mean't. Is that all you have to say.

        This is another Failure from GM.

        I know your a GM Fanboy but this is a piss poor truck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You said it right. They are the most EXITING car company in the world. GM always made piss poor truck. Great engines wrapped in a crappy truck.

        I just don't get how they can not dominate the Heavy Duty segment. The Ford Super Duty weighs 1000 lbs more then the Dodge/GM. The only reason why Fords are slow is because of the stout design in the Frame and Body. Fords have thicker sheet metal, hence the extra 1000 lbs.

        GM needs a better CEO. They have piss poor truck due to piss poor management.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have owned many GM cars/trucks in the past.

        1985 Cadillac El Dorado 2door coupe. After the computer system puked the transmission gave out and I traded it for a Ford.

        1973 Chevy Cayenne Truck. 350 motor was alright before a con-rod blew through the hood while I was at Baja 500. The back bed rotted through. My cousins would pee through it while traveling on the freeway. I told them go piss in the back of a piss poor truck.

        1982 Chevy Camaro. 305 V8 under the hood. I would get my a$$ handed too when trying to race 5.0 Mustangs.

        2001 Chevy Silverado z71. GM calls that an off-road package. This was my last GM truck. The 5.3 had piston slap, KNOCK KNOCK. 4x4 systems sucked with it's crappy IFS. The only good thing on this truck were the Rancho Shocks.

        Traded that junk for a Ford Super Duty V10.

        No issue other than maintenance. No spark plug issue. This truck has been nothing but reliable. I will not trade this truck for anything. It's a keeper.

        GM can only wish the built a truck and motor as stout as the FORD.

        Say all you want but I will say this. NO MORE GM FOR ME.

        • 5 Years Ago
        MORE STUPID????

        better luck next time you try to insult someone's intelligence

        • 5 Years Ago
        Frank doesn't have any experience with Chevy trucks... It's obvious. Just let him go on hating something he doesn't understand, nor had any personal experience with. Coming from a family that has owned many Fords and Chevys, I can say, without a doubt that Chevy builds a much better truck, on average. How do I know this? My '78 K10 and 2004 2500HD have given me next to no problems, whereas my 1994 Ranger died at 140k miles and my uncle's old 82 Ford F150 gave him nothing but trouble. Guess what he drives now... lol... A GMC.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Stupid: it's a no-brainer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry. I'm usually a GM truck fan, but I think I'd rather go w/ the Raptor in this case. Heck, I'd take the Dodge Power Wagon over this half-assed attempt at an offroad truck.

      Give us our tax money back, Government Motors!
      • 5 Years Ago
      first off i like it. the GM extended cab has better proportions than the ford. And GMs design department knows that a giant "splash" decal is not tasteful.

      Do you guys really think that most of the raptor drivers are going to take there over priced truck out and jump in and run it through a desert? i think not and if you wanted a true performance suspension you could just get it aftermarket. just my thoughts

      and does Ford always seem to be 100 hp behind? there next gen motor has 400hp? lame
        • 5 Years Ago
        and ford still dose not get as good of milage as GM trucks. this puzzles me
        • 5 Years Ago
        Their next generation engine starts at 411hp, as that's all they needed to beat all the other manufacturer's current truck engines. They're playing it safe to start. Supposedly though, this engine is good for plenty more if they need it. It has room to grow in displacement, it can gain 3v SOHC heads or even 4v DOHC heads, and/or it can gain forced induction.

        As far as mileage goes, we don't know exactly what the new engine is rated at. However, part of the reason Ford trucks tend to have lower mileage is they're built significantly heavier than their competition and are often geared a bit lower.
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