#MTSEMA18 – The OEM Displays: Chevrolet
A Vintage K10, Electric Race Van, and Several Silverado 1500s
Chevrolet doubled down on the all-new 2019 Silverado 1500 at this year’s SEMA Show, offering plenty of accessorized goodness for the fullsize truck. But that wasn’t the only interesting thing happening at the Bow Tie stand at SEMA 2018, as the company also trotted out one very nicely restored ’78 K10 Silverado, an all-electric Bolt race support vehicle, and a few Colorado pickups.
1978 Chevrolet K10 SilveradoLovely though this square-body K10 Silverado is, sitting proudly in red and black, it was actually built to showcase the Chevrolet Performance line of crate engines. Sitting under the crisp hood of the truck is an L96 6.0L V-8, similar to the LS-based engines found in the Silverado HD. This fuel-injected application makes 360 hp and 390 lb-ft, more than even the mighty 454ci engine this vehicle was available with when it was new. The K10 received a frame-off restoration at GM’s Milford Proving Ground to prepare it for its modern, sophisticated powertrain.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 RST Street ConceptBased on the Silverado RST production truck, the RST Street concept was designed by Chevrolet Performance to inject a bit more attitude into the sporty pickup. Powered by a 5.3L V-8, this vehicle also gets a Chevrolet Performance cold-air intake, six-piston Brembo front brake calipers, a Borla cat-back exhaust with carbon-fiber tips, and high-gloss black 22-inch wheels. Silver and black work very well on the exterior bodywork, giving this truck a street-fighting style befitting its modern new styling.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 RST Off Road ConceptChevrolet offers the ’19 Silverado in several flavors, including the sporty aforementioned RST trim. And surprisingly, it’s that street-style–oriented trim that forms the basis of Chevrolet Performance’s off-road SEMA concept. The parts and accessories arm gave the RST a 2-inch suspension lift and helped it breathe a bit easier courtesy of a cold-air intake, while a Chevrolet Accessories off-road appearance package bundles together a sport bar, side steps, and a soft, rolling tonneau cover. Dipped in sexy Cajun red, the RST’s monochrome styling does lots of good here.
2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Panel Race Support ConceptIt’s most definitely not a truck, but that doesn’t mean the Chevrolet Bolt isn’t capable of getting hard work done. Case in point, the single-seater EV Panel Race Support concept. Debuting side by side with Chevy’s all-electric eCOPO Camaro dragstrip special, the Bolt Race Support eschews the rear and front passenger seats in favor of a caged-in cargo area, with ample space for tires, parts, tools, and maybe even the odd replacement engine or electric motor. This machine and the paint-matched eCOPO Camaro—which boasts a 9-second quarter-mile and 700 hp and 600 lb-ft from its electric powertrain—prove internal combustion isn’t always a prerequisite for fun.
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