As the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra inch closer to production, we're learning more about the pair. One big win for the duo: they will claim best-in-class torque figures with their base, V-6 engines.
The 2014 Sierra/Silverado's base engine is a 4.3-liter V-6 from GM's EcoTec3 family. It's rated at 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque; with the V-6 under the hood, the Sierra will be able to tow 7200 pounds (when equipped with a short bed, regular cab, and four-wheel drive).
With that sort of power, the Sierra/Silverado eclipses its competitors in torque, although not in horsepower. Its chief rival, the Ford F-150, offers 302 horsepower with its base, 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V-6 engine, but only 278 lb-ft of torque. The Ram's 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine makes 305 hp and just 269 lb-ft of torque, and the Toyota Tundra makes 270 hp and 278 lb-ft with its base 4.0-liter V-6. Nissan's Titan only comes equipped with a 5.6-liter V-8 engine.
Those numbers also give the Silverado and Sierra a solid victory over Ram and F-150 in terms of towing capacity. The most capable naturally aspirated V-6 F-150 can tow 6700 pounds -- 500 less than Silverado/Sierra -- but a short bed/regular cab/4WD model is rated at 6300 pounds. It's a similar story with Ram: the most capable V-6 model can tow 6500 pounds, while one comparable to the Silverado/Sierra is rated to tow 6300.
The 4.3-liter V-6 is the first of three engines available on the Silverado and Sierra. The 5.3-liter V-8 will make 355 horsepower; while GM hasn't confirmed exactly how much power the 6.2-liter engine will make, it says it's targeting about 450 horsepower. That would be enough to eclipse the Ram's 395 hp (from an available 5.7-liter Hemi V-8) and the F-150's available 411 horsepower, courtesy of a 6.2-liter V-8.
The base 2014 GMC Sierra will go on sale this summer starting at $25,085 (including $995 destination charge). The price for a comparable Silverado hasn't yet been announced, although we expect it to ring in slightly lower.
Source: General Motors