Among the current crop of pickup trucks, few options exist to please the straight-line dragstrip enthusiast. No, there's no more Dodge Ram SRT-10, and the Chevrolet Silverado SS is but a distant memory. We hear that Callaway, a tuner known for its work supercharging various General Motors products, may soon have the solution.
The idea of a performance-oriented pickup truck isn't new, but comes as a surprise at a time when many manufacturers are downsizing for the sake of fuel economy. Callaway, a tuner best known for modifying GM's already sporty Camaros and Corvettes, is betting on the success of a truck bearing its name.
"It’s a Chevrolet Silverado with a 6.2-liter [V-8], but we’re looking at smaller-displacement versions too," Callaway commercial manager Mike Vendetto said.
The current 6.2-liter V-8 offered in the Silverado makes 403 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. No final numbers have been announced, but we should expect a significant increase in power over the stock Silverado. By contrast, the 6.2-liter V-8 dropped into the Ford SVT Raptor produces 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet.
The power boost will likely be accompanied by chassis and suspension upgrades as well. Vendetto intimated that the hot Silverado will be ready by the end of the year, but did not give an exact date.
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