The redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 pickups launched earlier this year, but GM saved the best for last by delaying the rollout of the range-topping 6.2-liter V-8 engine until later this fall. The big V-8, which is available in Silverado LTZ and High Country models along with Sierra SLT and Denali models, will produce 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, up from 403 hp and 417 lb-ft in the 2013 trucks.
This gives the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 the highest power and torque ratings of any light-duty pickup, topping the 2014 Ford F-150’s 411 hp and 434 lb-ft with its 6.2-liter V-8 and the 2014 Ram 1500’s 5.7-liter V-8 with 395 hp and 407 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission choice, and fuel economy ratings for the 6.2-liter V-8 trucks have not yet been released.
With an optional towing package, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 equipped with the 6.2-liter V-8 achieve a maximum towing capacity of 12,000 lbs, another segment-topping number. The 2014 Ram 1500 tops out at 10,450 lbs and the 2014 Ford F-150 has a maximum towing capacity of 11,300 lbs.
Other powertrains for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 include a 4.3-liter V-6 with 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque and a 5.3-liter V-8 with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. These engines achieve maximum tow ratings of 7600 and 11,500 lbs, respectively, the latter when equipped with the max towing package. The towing package will be available on all crew cab and double cab models equipped with either V-8 in rear- and four-wheel-drive configurations.