Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Concept unveiled at SEMA

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

With its widened body, tall stance and powerful LS supercharged engine, the Silverado ZR2 concept appears to have been built to hit the berms, dry washes and gullies of the Baja Peninsula.

Based on an extended cab/short box body, the Silverado ZR2 has custom bodywork that includes carbon fiber fender flares that stretch outward to cover the 35-inch-tall Goodyear Wrangler off-road tires and widened stance.

The truck's body is mostly made of carbon fiber, including the front fenders, extractor-style hood, rocker extensions and tailgate. Also featured on the vehicle are large, debossed CHEVROLET lettering, which is reminiscent of the Chevy trucks of the past.

The pickup box features a unique locking storage system mounted to the extruded aluminum Cargo Management System rails from Chevy Accessories. The pickup box has a spray-on liner that protects it. What makes it distinctive is its carbon fiber parts, including the hood, that are clear-coated rather than painted. This shows off the intricate weave pattern of the high-tech, lightweight material.

Those parts that aren't clear carbon fiber were painted with Dune Metallic, a color that blends with the desert terrain. Included in the package is a large, more prominent grille, which represents a vision of what designers would like to see in a production or accessory part.

It is very functional as it feeds cool air to the 550-horsepower LS supercharged crate engine from GM Performance Parts. To help in negotiating through desert trails, the vehicle has 20-inch BBS RD wheels, which are similar to the historic Chevy truck wheel. It also has aggressive Goodyear Wrangler MT/R tires.

They connect to the chassis via BDS shocks and a four-inch lift kit. The new front fascia significantly improves approach angle while skid plates protect the chassis. More carbon fiber details are found on the dash. For increased comfort, the interior has black leather and suede-trimmed seats with contrasting stitching.

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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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