Chevy Beast Concept Comes To SEMA With 650hp Supercharged V8 Engine


We thought Chevrolet would be resting at SEMA 2021. Instead, Chevrolet is turning the world upside down with its Concept Beast, a four-passenger concept vehicle based on the modified foundations of a Silverado pickup truck. As expected, Beast is a machine for high-performance desert racing and off-roading, and it contains the heart of a Corvette C7 ZO6.

Specifically, we are talking about a massive 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged V8 box engine producing 650 horsepower. Starting with the chassis of a short-bed Silverado, Chevrolet shortened the frame and installed 4130 Chromoly tubular structures to improve safety and stiffness. Next, Chevy laid down a custom lightweight bodywork with a clamshell hood, nearly zero overhangs, and tubular doors.

“There’s nothing but the Chevy Beast,” said Jeff Trush, GM program director, Pace Car and Specialty Show Vehicles. “It offers a ton of performance and capability, which makes it adept at conquering rough terrain – and it flies deep in the desert.” No kidding. With a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, we bet the beast can go like virtual stench.

The engine sends all that power and torque to all four wheels using a 10L90 10-speed automatic transmission with a two-speed transfer case. The Beast can tackle obstacles off-road with 13.5-inch ground clearance and 20-inch Raceline bead wheels wrapped in thicker 37-inch AMP Terrain Attack tires. It also has a Chevrolet Performance Big Brake upgrade to stop all that bit of metal.

Other notable perks include two full-size spare tires in the bed, an open rear (to help extract dust, Chevy said), a custom grille, and LED off-road lights from Baja Designs. Meanwhile, the minimalist interior includes four Recaro performance seats, four-point harnesses, and a pair of 7-inch LCD screens.

The Chevy Beast Concept will appear alongside custom versions of the Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado and Silverado at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 2-5, 2021. “The Chevy Beast Concept sets a new standard for off-roading. performance, ”Trush said.

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