2014 GMC Sierra DenaliGeneral Motors has officially captured the horsepower crown for mainstream pickup trucks with its 6.2-liter V8. The big mill, available in both the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, comes to market with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, handily outdoing its two cross-town competitors, Ram (5.7-liter V8, 395 ponies and 407 lb-ft) and Ford (6.2-liter V8, 411 hp and 434 lb-ft).

The new GM 6.2 will take a bit of an investment, though. Those that want the extra thrust will need to go with either the LTZ or High Country trims from the Chevy, or the SLT and Denali trims from GMC, which are the two highest trim levels for the respective vehicles. Trim levels aside, if you're in the business of towing, GM has you covered. Optioned with the 6.2-liter V8 and the Max Trailering Package, owners will be able to pull 12,000 pounds, a hugely impressive figure.

We still aren't certain as to what sort of economy the new engine will get, but it'll probably be a bad bet for the fuel conscious. As for availability, expect to see the 6.2-liter trucks in showrooms later in the fall.
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It's Official: 2014 Silverado and Sierra Deliver Most Power
New Chevrolet, GMC light duty pickups also deliver best towing capacity in class

DETROIT – The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and High Country and the GMC Sierra and Sierra Denali 1500, available this fall, with a 6.2L V-8 produces an SAE-certified 420 horsepower (at 5600 rpm) and 460 lb-ft of torque (at 4100 rpm), the most power of any pickup engine and torque of any light duty pickup truck engine.

The 6.2L V-8 available for Silverado LTZ and High Country and Sierra SLT and Denali models also delivers class-leading maximum available trailering capacity of 12,000 pounds when properly equipped.

"Power and towing capacity are fundamental capabilities for full-size pickups," said Jeff Luke, General Motors Executive Chief Engineer for full- and mid-size trucks. "The 2014 Silverado and Sierra deliver unmatched power and towing capability with a host of ingenious driver aids."

The optional Max Trailering Package is available on 2WD and 4WD V-8 crew cab and double cab models and includes:

Trailering package with seven-pin and four-pin connector
Enhanced cooling
Automatic locking rear differential
Heavy-duty 9.75-inch rear axle with 3.73 ratio
Increased-capacity rear leaf springs
Revised shock tuning for increased control
Integrated trailer brake controller.
In addition to the 6.2L V8, Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 will offer a 4.3L V-6 SAE-certified at 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque and a 5.3L V-8 certified at 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque.
Silverado and Sierra trucks equipped with the 4.3L V-6 will have available towing ratings of up to 7,600 pounds, the highest for any base V-6 in the segment. Silverado and Sierra trucks equipped with the 5.3L V-8 and the max towing package, available later this year, will have towing ratings of up to 11,500 pounds when properly equipped.

All three engines feature direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing, a combination not found in competitor vehicles. The engines also use a compact overhead-valve design and weight-saving components such as aluminum blocks and cylinder heads to reduce mass for additional energy savings.

All three provide the proven power, torque and dependability of a large-displacement engine, seamlessly switching to four-cylinder mode to save fuel during light-load driving. The 5.3L V-8 has EPA-estimated fuel economy of up to 23 mpg highway (2WD models), the best of any V-8 pickup, and better than Ford EcoBoost V-6. .

EPA fuel economy estimates for the 6.2L V-8 will be finalized in the near future.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      How wonderful, a massively heavy and poor handling vehicle with long braking distances and unusually high bumper that is capable of extreme straight line acceleration. I feel safer already.
        Ross
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        Tow my boat with your Prius and then we'll talk. For some, a truck is a must.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ross
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        caddy-v
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        I really don't think it's any of your dam business what or who buys whatever they want. If I wanted to buy a surplus Navy destroyer and put wheels on it, it's my choice. And if I did you and your Prius buddies better not tie up the passing lane else you'll get a Mk 3 torpedo up your ying yang.
          superchan7
          • 1 Year Ago
          @caddy-v
          Road rage fantasies? Homework isn't going to do itself.
        Dvanos
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        It's the American way!!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
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        stonehunte
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        Yeah that 420hp is really going to move a 6,000+ pound truck like a rocket ship. The majority of people that own trucks where I live do actually use them for towing and hauling. Don't believe everything you see on TV about America.
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        R.t Voll
        • 1 Year Ago
        Why do you comment? Everything you say is ALWAYS negative. How has this joker not been banned yet?
          R.t Voll
          • 1 Year Ago
          @R.t Voll
          Raz, It's not just because of this one negative comment. It's because he goes on almost every post and ALWAYS leaves extremely negative comments.
          marv.shocker
          • 1 Year Ago
          @R.t Voll
          Why don't you quit crying about what Laser says and try to get him kicked off? That's a schoolgirl move. Just tell him you think he's a D-bag and move on...
      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      thats' cause GM is the best. Ram is a huge joke but at least they arent as bad as the ego boost FORD whcih spits spark plugs and blows driveshafts... oh yea and its a FORD
        El Sunbird
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        yer man git r dun i lurb my chebby would nevr drive a ferd or derge
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        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        Because people don't buy full size pickups with the largest available engine for MPG reasons. Stupid.
        The Other Bob
        • 1 Year Ago
        How about those pesky laws of physics? 35 mpg in 5,000 lbs. vehicle shaped like a toaster ain\'t going to happen.
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          @The Other Bob
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          @The Other Bob
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        Eric M
        • 1 Year Ago
        If the new F150 is 700 pounds lighter than the current F150 it would still only be 350 pounds lighter than a comparable 2014 GM. Although it hasn't been officially announced, I'd bet that the GM 6.2L still gets better fuel economy than a 6.2L F150, 5.7L Ram, or 5.7L Tundra. Direct injection and high compression make torque, but they're also good for fuel efficiency.
        Shelton Stevens
        • 1 Year Ago
        If you're worried about MPG, you buy the Dodge Diesel 1/2 ton.
      NeutronStar73
      • 1 Year Ago
      No matter what, they are still ugly trucks. Gawd, Chevy has never figured out that the center bar grille on their trucks is absolutely hideous.
        hemijohn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NeutronStar73
        Absolutely, they should just make the GMC sierra and get rid of Silverado. Same truck but GMC has always better design language.
      Paul P.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This will be kind of a short lived victory, since we already know that competing manufacturers have more powerful engines coming out next year. Still, it's good to see improvements all around.
      marv.shocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Actually, 12,000 lbs isn't "hugely impressive," especially considering that GM has not adopted the SAE's J2807 towing standard like they said they would several years ago (neither has Ford or Dodge). Using this "real world" rating system lowers the rating substantially. To date, only the Tundra has honored the SAE standard, which is why the Tundra is well below the other ratings (it would still be lower without the SAE standard, but not as low). I'm not a Ford fan either, but considering the EcoBoost can tow more than 11,000 lbs. I don't think 12,000 from a 6.2 liter V8 is a big accomplishment.
        Eric M
        • 1 Year Ago
        @marv.shocker
        When GM complied with J2807 at the beginning of the 2013 model year, their ratings were down roughly 300 pounds. They later withdrew because Ford didn't follow suit. The point is that 300 pounds on a 11K or 12K pound rating isn't "substantial". Toyota has very little to lose (or gain) by complying with J2807. Yet I hope they all comply so people have nothing to complain about.
        riserburn99andre
        • 1 Year Ago
        @marv.shocker
        The sad part of your argument is that no one made this the standard of towing. GM now has all their engines SAE certified but no one else does it. Does that make their engines better? No one is forcing the industry to abide by those rules so don't expect them too.
        Eric M
        • 1 Year Ago
        @marv.shocker
        And while the 3.5L EcoBoost is truly impressive, it may be important to some that a simple lightweight compact pushrod V8 is making as more power (and nearly the same fuel economy) without as much to go wrong.
        blackdynamitestinywang
        @marv.shocker
        Nothing like that great big T on the front to make me feel more adequate. Tundra is going to trounce these crappy Detroit trucks starting with those gubment motors turds!
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          @blackdynamitestinywang
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          mitytitywhitey
          • 1 Year Ago
          @blackdynamitestinywang
          I think your next handle should be marv.gets.the.shocker.in.prison
      muspod
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who tows 12,000 pounds around?? If i need my house moved i'll call someone. not buy a truck to do it.. WTF GM?? really?
      Sheldon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't understand why Ford put such little effort into their 6.2. The 5.0 is a great engine, 420 hp in the mustang and 365 in truck duty. Then the 6.2 is a two-valve single-cam at "only" 411hp? If they just increased (if possible) the deck and stroke of the 5.0 it would be ~ 450hp. (365/5*6.2) Anyways, this is likely to be a great truck engine, that 460ft-lbs is close to diesel torque at the turn of the century.
        riserburn99andre
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sheldon
        My bet is that the 6.2 is a one generation model only. Good money is on the EB taking over HD duties or they keep the 6.2 with minimal mods for high end applications i.e. Raptor, et.c
        Carpinions
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sheldon
        Not sure why Ford's 6.2 seems to be unloved. But just like Chevy, sales numbers are down low, not up high, and just looking at the F-150 configurator, the 6.2 requires a significant upgrade in price. Just selecting the crew cab added the 6.2 and $11k to the price for an XLT. As for GM's new 6.2 numbers, the 6.0 from years past was making numbers that would be pretty relevant now (if not MPG), and the old 8.1 was putting out as much torque (though granted it had nearly 2 more liters of displacement). Nevertheless, this new 6.2 should move units, especially in the new full-size SUVs.
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        @Sheldon
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        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sheldon
        Agreed. It was pretty cool for Ford to roll-out the 3.5 EB, 5.0 and 6.2 all at the same time but now it really seems like the 6.2 is an afterthought. With the success of the 3.5 EB, maybe Ford will be encouraged to finish the job and make a 5.0 V8 EcoBoost for heavy-duty/high power applications.
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sheldon
        The 6.2 and the 5.0 have a completely different design focus. The 6.2 was designed primarily for commercial use in the Super Duty. Everything was designed to be extremely durable while remaining low cost and easy maintenance, so in many areas ultimate performance was sacrificed to make increase the simplicity of the engine or reduce costs while maintaining high reliability. The Coyote was designed primarilly to be a high performance engine for the Mustang, with far less focus on simplicity and extreme reliability.
      El Sunbird
      • 1 Year Ago
      These titles usually last a few months if that. Ram is getting a big 6.4 Hemi for next year, plus the next-gen F150 is coming out around then too
      charles
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unless the 6.2 is available for anything but top of line $60,000 vehicles, then it is useless when I can get a Ram Hemi Express for $23,000. In many states smog limitations will sentence buyers to the 5.3 dog.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @charles
        There is no smog test that the 5.3 (not a dog) will pass that the 6.2 won't. You're just making stuff up. The 6.2 will be available in all 50 states.
      noahbalboa
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think its time for GM to come out with another Silverado SS. Take the regular cab, shortbed, 2wd (AWD option), change out the shocks/springs, lower it, and 4.11 gears. And of course, the 6.2 V8. Come on, that would be fun! The idea of it isn't that expensive, not asking for carbon fiber body panels and racing seats, just take what they got and put it together in a certain fashion, like the last Silverado SS. Any takers?
        ebn.hahn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @noahbalboa
        You Mean Immitate one of the many F150 treatements...
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