Just a few days ago Chevy dropped the news of its Silverado Cheyenne concept truck, a high-power pickup with Camaro Z/28 parts that looks an awful lot like the spiritual successor to hot-rod trucks like the the GMC Syclone. Theoretically, a performance pickup like the Cheyenne could do serious battle with Ford's sport-oriented 2014 F-150 Tremor. Too bad it's just a concept... or is it?

Last night Chevy showed us the Cheyenne in the flesh at a pre-SEMA dinner party (with a couple of Transformers to boot). While strolling around the cars on display, we were given a subtle heads-up, by a highly placed General Motors source, that the Cheyenne concept was one to pay special attention to. Far from confirmation of production intent, we'll grant you, but we think there's some credence to the idea of Chevy building the thing.

To start, it's clear that Chevy is getting pretty aggressive in moving performance parts developed for the Camaro out into its larger model ecosystem. Just yesterday we attended a driving event with the Performance Parts division (look for more on that later this week) where it was announced that ZL1 and 1LE Camaro suspension and powertrain parts would be offered for sale in the aftermarket and through dealers. Further, Chevy showed off Z/28 "concept parts" last night, indicating that aftermarket bits from the raciest Camaro are in the works, too.

Combine that parts accessibility with the spec sheet for the fast Silverado – Z/28 brakes and lightweight wheels, ZL1-like steering wheel, 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine – with the fact that cross-town rival Ford is making moves to recapture some of the performance truck niche, and we think something like a production Cheyenne makes a ton of sense. Plus, of course, we really want it to happen.

We don't expect to get anything like an official confirmation about Cheyenne plans in the near future, but we'll stay tuned for updates in the news cycle. In the meantime, SEMA is just starting to wake up, so expect a lot more out of Vegas this afternoon and evening.


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      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      "spiritual successor...to the GMC Syclone"? I think not. It has a lot more in common with the 454SS.
      Soyntgo4it
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sweet I am on board with this. Now Chevy build it..
      Stoney
      • 1 Year Ago
      Silverado Cheyenne is a beautiful truck. Screw Ford!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      MaryC
      • 1 Year Ago
      like that Trucks I will buy this one
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Stoney
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Chevy Siverado Cheyenne is not a concept. I used to own a typhoon. Well, not really. It was a tricked out 2 DR S-10 that I lowered. Very similar to a typhoon. Loved it.
      Richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      two over priced.in 07 I bought a new one ton 47000 now same truck is 61000 and they keep telling people that there is no inflation.
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 1 Year Ago
      OH GOD MY EYES!!! KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!
      bjzq8
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chevy: You make it available for less than $50K, and my order goes out the next day. I've waited years for something like this, ever since you got rid of the 454SS. You can drop the goofier parts like carbon brakes and carbon fiber beds...Just make the 6.2 available in a short bed, regular cab, and I'll be extremely happy. I drive a 2010 Camaro now, but I'd definitely be glad to have the extra utility.
        james
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bjzq8
        An eco boost F150 will smoke it just like my 2013 5.0 smokes new camaros!
        mapoftazifosho
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bjzq8
        $50k...more like $33k.
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mapoftazifosho
          The SS may be overpriced but all the tech the Z/28 has doesn't come cheap.
          Erasmo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mapoftazifosho
          Word. At 50k I'd rather do something German like M235i, CLA45, S3. I really hope they make this truck, just won't be able to tint the windows too dark otherwise, my neighbors might think I'm attempting a drive-by.
        Soyntgo4it
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bjzq8
        You can get it with a 6.2 Reg cab and short bed now. You have to get it special ordered through the dealer and also come up with some money first. I know my dealer ordered two for two different customers. They also did this when with X-cabs too.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks like all the other lowered trucks with black out schemes I've been seeing all my life. Raptor on the other hand is young looking, dripping with coolness and definitely not "ghetto" looking. I know people are going to disagree with me, but the lowered height makes the truck look "ghetto". Seriously, I see lowered black out trucks all the frigging time.
        Dump
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        I like the fact that the Cheyenne has all the "go-fast" goodies & not overdressed in chrome trim crap. Make a version of that has 4-doors, short-bed, low ride-height, gunmetal or black-painted rims & I'd def consider getting one.
        Ron L'Heureux
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        According to your ghetto description, The many of the most expensive cars in the wold have that look too. You know, MB, BMW, Jaguar, Lamborghini and the like. All blacked out and low riding. When you say that you see lowered black trucks all the time, i say I see raised up 2Xs and 4Xs all the time. I have for decades. This truck, like your Raptor is purpose built. Esthetics are not the only factor in buying a specialized truck. It's what is under the sheet metal and pant that matter. I'm a Chevy guy and into high performance, yet i still like the looks and performance of the Raptor, as long as it isn't silver, that is. I'm just not a small minded, brand loyalist.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        All I see is lifted trucks with chrome bits. I'll take lowered and blacked out for a change of pace.
      Sandi E
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am sure government motors will price this out of everyones range.
      Andrew Pappas
      • 1 Year Ago
      Get rid of the extra aero and the Focus ST wheels and we'll talk.
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