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2021 CHEVROLET SILVERADO: L87 V8 ENGINE NOW MORE EXPENSIVE THAN LM2 DURAMAX

Pricing Is The Same On The GMC Sierra As Well

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax
Image via Chevrolet

Earlier today we reported that General Motors will be slashing the prices of all LM2 Duramax-powered 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 trucks by $1,500. And if you want a half-ton diesel truck, the engine option itself undercuts pricing found on the Ram EcoDiesel and Ford F-150 by thousands (although Ram still offers the most affordable half-ton diesel truck overall, as its EcoDiesel V6 is available on the Tradesman work truck). This is great news for diesel fans. However, we also noticed that the 6.2L L87 V8 engine does not get the same luxury, according to GM’s latest pricing information.

This means that anybody seeking to upgrade to GM’s most powerful half-ton truck engine will be paying a $2,495 premium over a Silverado 1500 or Sierra 1500 with a 5.3L V8. That jumps to $3,890 over a Silverado 1500 or Sierra 1500 with a 2.7L L3B turbo-four. The LM2 Duramax now requires just $995 from the 5.3L V8, or $2,390 from the L3B turbo.

LM2 Duramax Diesel
3.0L LM2 Duramax I6 Diesel Engine. Photo via GM.

The new pricing strategy could be seen as a gamble, but in a way it makes sense when you look at it from a power/efficiency standpoint. The LM2 now logically places itself in between the 5.3L L84 V8 engine, which is good for 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the L84, the 3.0L Duramax offers less horsepower, at 277 hp, but far more torque, at 460 lb-ft, while returning as much as an EPA-estimated 33 mpg highway in the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. For those who are purely after power in exchange for fuel economy, the 6.2L L87 punches out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, with no assistance from turbochargers, or electrification.

General Motors may be able to lower the price of entry on the LM2 Duramax because it plans on offering this engine on its all-new full-size SUV lineup, which shares the T1 platform with the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks.

Looking ahead, GM is planning to offer up towing improvements for its half-ton diesel trucks – a sore spot on their current spec sheet. The T1 trucks will also soon get upgrades to their truck tailgates, interiors, technology, and exterior designs.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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