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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:

Wheelbase126.87 inches
Overall length204 inches
Track91 inches (front and rear)
Maximum suspension travel12 inches (front)
15.5 inches (rear)
Ground clearance13.5 inches
Approach angle45 degrees
Departure angle46.5 degrees
Breakover angle35 degrees
EngineLT4 6.2L V-8 supercharged (650 HP)
Transmission10L90 10-speed automatic
Driveline4WD (with 2-speed transfer case)
Front suspensionConcept upper and lower control arms and fully adjustable racing strut assemblies with remote reservoirs
Rear suspensionConcept 5-link with Panhard bar and fully adjustable racing shocks with remote reservoirs
BrakesFour-wheel discs, with Chevrolet Performance Brembo front brakes equipped with six-piston calipers
Wheels20 x 10-inch Raceline RTM260M Avenger True beadlock
Tires37 x 13.5-inch AMP Terrain Attack M/T
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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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