Corvettes are as much about handling as they are about go; so is the Searing. Hotchkis Performance Products did up the entire suspension, including its Sport coil springs, Sport rear leafs, and heavy-duty anti-roll bar package; the stock shocks are retained. The result is a 2-inch front suspension drop, and a 3.5-inch attitude adjustment in back. Goodrich Comp TA 295/45ZR18 tires wrap American Racing 18x8.0-inch alloys at all four corners. Normally, we'd recommend a brake upgrade for any vehicle that just found itself capable of better acceleration and cornering. But the Chevy's factory four-wheel discs and standard ABS seem up to this job.

As we've never hesitated to mention, some "tuner" vehicles just don't work. They look great, or at least attract attention, yet the performance of some is worse than that of their OEM progenitors. Some barely run at all. These all-show, no-go image queens usually yield a pancreas-torturing ride, and more plastic pieces seem to fall off with every mile they're driven. Performance West's truck isn't one of these. The handling improvements are impressive, yet reasonable ride quality is retained. As noted, the engine not only produces delightful horsepower, but it's nice to live with`no pinging, surging, or other nasty habits that we could detect. And it sounds, well, kind of like a "Vette."

Sure, ground clearance isn't up to dedicated work truck standards`that front spoiler wouldn't last too long negotiating a rock-strewn construction site, and you wouldn't load a ton of manure in the fully carpeted bed, either`but that's not what sport trucks are all about. They're about going quicker, handling better, and looking cooler than workaday pickups, and this one does it as well as any we've sampled. Race Truck Trends will facilitate you acquiring as much or as little of its Searing Silverado package as you wish; from one component to a turnkey truck.

Hey, Frank, can we try one with a Vortec 5300, and maybe a five-speed, next time?