High Demand, Short Supply for 5.3 V-8 in 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra
Dealer Allocations of V-8 Models Temporarily Constrained on Supply Issues
Interest and sales in the new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 have been strong, and dealers are asking for as many of the bread-and butter 5.3-liter V-8 models as possible. Unlike Ford, which sells a majority of its F-150 models with V-6 engines, the 5.3 V-8 has long represented the bulk of sales for the Silverado and Sierra, as much as 80 percent of volume. Due to a supplier constraint, dealer shipments of the 5.3-liter models are being pulled back slightly, according to Bloomberg.
Dealers that order 10 5.3-liter Silverados will receive eight V-8s for the time being and two V-6 models. GM just debuted its new topline 6.2-liter engine for the 1500 models, a $1995 option on the Silverado and Sierra, but that engine is not expected to be in showrooms until late in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The 4.3-liter EcoTec V-6 offered standard in the 2014 Silverado in Sierra is a major improvement over last year's dated base V-6, with 90 more horsepower and 45 lb-ft more torque than its predecessor, and offering similar horsepower output to the earlier generation of the port-injected 5.3-liter V-8, as well as a competitive 24 mpg EPA highway rating.