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WARTHOG HUNTER: 650 HP CHEVY BEAST CONCEPT IS THE ULTIMATE OFF-ROAD SILVERADO

This Show Stopping Concept Will Highlight The Chevrolet Booth At The 2021 SEMA Show

Chevy Chevrolet Beast Concept Silverado ZR2 SEMA 2021 Off-Road
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Unfortunately, a supercharged Chevrolet Silverado isn’t happening from the factory anytime soon. And it’s a bummer, as deep-pocketed customers these days seem to be lining up around the block paying top dollar for performance trucks these days. Just as well, it’s led to some crazy third-party conversions and projects. Look no further than the six-figure Rezvani Tank or the Hoonigan Warthog as examples. And today, on the the eve of the 2021 SEMA Show, we bear witness to the LT4-powered Chevy Beast concept. And it looks like it’s driven by The Master Chief himself.

Chevy Beast Concept SEMA 2021 Supercharged Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2
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Chevy Beast Concept: LT4 Power, 37-Inch Tires, Recaro Seats

The Chevy Beast concept is actually based on a modified Silverado short-bed chassis, but you’d be forgiven if you couldn’t tell, due to the incredible body work that looks straight out of a video game. And while a supercharged Silverado isn’t happening, it’s clearly not far from the thoughts of whoever designed the Beast, as it features a Chevrolet Performance LT4 650-horsepower supercharged crate engine paired to a 10L90 10-speed automatic. This is the same power unit that can be found in the Camaro ZL1. A two-speed transfer case is included as well.

To prep the chassis of the Chevy Beast, its Silverado frame was shortened and a custom-designed, 4130 chromoly tubular safety structure was integrated. Because this thing looks to get down on the trails. Handling the sandy bumps at high speed is a long-travel off-road five-link suspension system, which Chevrolet is describing as a “concept”. The supercharged Silverado-based truck also features a widened track measuring 91-inches, 20-inch beadlock wheels wrapped around 37-inch off-road tires, as well as the Chevrolet Performance Big Brake Upgrade System.

LT4 Chevy Beast Concept
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Looking at the body of the Chevy Beast, we can see tubular doors, a custom front grille that looks inspired by the 2022 Silverado ZR2, and a clamshell-type front end, while the rear of the truck features little overhang. In the truck bed, we see a pair of super necessary spare tires, along with Baja Designs off-road lights on the roof.

The Chevy Beast designers even took the time to integrate four Recaro racing seats with four-point harnesses, as well as a pair of 7-inch-diagonal LCD screens that monitor vehicle functions and performance data, including pitch and roll during off-road driving scenarios.

Hopefully there are enough hand raisers at the 2021 SEMA Show for Chevy to consider producing this supercharged super truck.

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Chevy Beast Concept Specs:

Wheelbase 126.87 inches
Overall length 204 inches
Track 91 inches (front and rear)
Maximum suspension travel 12 inches (front)
15.5 inches (rear)
Ground clearance 13.5 inches
Approach angle 45 degrees
Departure angle 46.5 degrees
Breakover angle 35 degrees
Engine LT4 6.2L V-8 supercharged (650 HP)
Transmission 10L90 10-speed automatic
Driveline 4WD (with 2-speed transfer case)
Front suspension Concept upper and lower control arms and fully adjustable racing strut assemblies with remote reservoirs
Rear suspension Concept 5-link with Panhard bar and fully adjustable racing shocks with remote reservoirs
Brakes Four-wheel discs, with Chevrolet Performance Brembo front brakes equipped with six-piston calipers
Wheels 20 x 10-inch Raceline RTM260M Avenger True beadlock
Tires 37 x 13.5-inch AMP Terrain Attack M/T
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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