Callaway working on supercharged versions of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra

Article by Anita Panait, on July 4, 2013

After getting their hands on the first 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks last week, engineers at Callaway have commenced their work on developing their latest Supercharged versions of 2014 GM SportTrucks. Callaway will start product development, testing and validation of the 2014 Silverado and Sierra in the next few months.

Supercharged 5.3L and 6.2L versions of every GM pickup are expected to be available later this year. Using its proven supercharging techniques, Callaway expects to top 450 horsepower for the 5.3L versions and exceed 540 horsepower for the 6.2L version.

The new 5.3L and 6.2L EcoTec3 engine will integrate a number of technological advances like direct injection and variable valve timing, allowing engineers at Callaway to get greater control of engine operating parameters. The features will serve as tools for improving compatibility with supercharging’s positive manifold pressure for providing a better way for complying with emission rules and extended durability.

Callaway is also developing upgrades for the pickups' wheel, tire, suspension, interior and body. The upgrades will be available just in time with Callaway Supercharged SportTruck launches later in 2013. Callaway Supercharged versions of 2014 Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon, Denali and Escalade are already up for grabs, and they largely unmodified for 2014.

Callaway is also currently developing its own upgrades GM’s latest truck and SUV products, including a version of their Honker air intake and DD exhaust systems. These components will be made available as stand-alone products, ready to be installed either by the buyer or by Authorized Callaway Retailer on stock GM trucks and SUVs.

Chevrolet recently revealed its latest full-size pickup with the 2014 Silverado 1500. Everything is new from the hood in the front and up to the hitch in the rear. This new Silverado was developed using the brand’s truck heritage of 95 years. It was made to be the most capable, smartest, and strongest, resulting in the new Silverado raising the standards when it comes to full-size pickups.

According to Chevrolet, the 2014 Silverado will now be under the three-truck range of the brand. Specifically, this range was created to allow customers to choose what truck is right for their particular needs. The other two are the Silverado 2500 and the Silverado 3500 HD, both released back in 2011. These have also long been considered as the ultimate tools as it relates to hauling and towing.

The 2014 Silverado will become part of Chevrolet's three-truck portfolio, designed to let customers select the right truck for their needs. It joins the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD pickups, the ultimate tools for towing and hauling, which were new for the 2011 model year. For the 2014 version, there are a number of updates that include the efficient and powerful EcoTec 3 engines.

Chevrolet also made sure to make changes to the brakes, suspension, and even steering. Clever solutions were implemented to allow the bed to manage cargo better and enhance the true truck capability when it comes to hauling and towing. Meanwhile, the cab not only offers more comfort but is quieter and stronger. GM North America President Mark Reuss shared that customers of the brand use their trucks for a number of reasons.

These could include running a business, facing the daily challenges of making a living, and even taking care of their own families. Reuss added that the brand remains committed to releasing to the market pickups that are the best engineered and the most refined. Chevrolet disclosed as well that development of the Colorado, a midsize pickup, is underway. With this, the brand hopes to continue offering the already well-known truck capability but putting it in package that is efficient in terms of fuel and space.

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