SEMA: Chevy Cheyenne Concept answers Tremor and Rumble Bee

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Ford already revealed a production version of the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor sport truck.  Ram has the Rumble Bee concept.  And now we have the answer from GM – the Chevy Cheyenne concept sport truck it will officially show on stage at 2013 SEMA.  The recipe for a sport truck is simple: try to remove as much weight as possible, and stuff a powerful engine under the hood.

Thus, Chevrolet took the 2014 Silverado regular cab with a Standard (6 and a half) foot bed and the basis, and inserted the new EcoTec3 6.2-liter V8: 420 hp and 460 lb-ft.  Of course, Chevrolet Cheyenne has a lot more to show off at SEMA.  It goes on a further diet with carbon fiber front and rear bumper covers, tailgate, and inner bed panels.  This helps to shave off 200 pounds.

chevrolet silverado cheyenne concept 2013 rear tailCustom Borla exhaust system adds aggressive sound and helps the big V8 exhale better.  Cheyenne uses the same 6-speed automatic transmission as in current production trucks.  It comes with all the features, including grade shifting and hill start assist.  Cheyenne drew inspiration from the Camaro Z/28 for its hood vent, 19-inch wheel design, and Brembo carbon-ceramic performance brakes.  These high-tech brake rotors also weigh less and help improve steering and handling characteristics.  The truck has a lowered ride height and a rear stabilizer bar to make it a well rounded performer. On the inside, there are Recaro seats and Camaro ZL1 inspired flat-bottom steering wheel.

The 2013 SEMA Chevrolet Cheyenne concept aims to be a track worthy sport truck.  Other than the exotic carbon fiber body panels, it uses parts that are readily available in the Chevrolet’s parts bin.  Could this show truck be more than just a SEMA concept?

Watch this TFL video to see how fast 2014 Silverado CrewCab 4×4 High Country is at 0-60 MPH.  The Cheyenne should be significantly faster.

Andre Smirnov
Andre Smirnov

Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFL since 2011. When not working or spending time with the family – you can find him tinkering in the garage or simply ‘going for a drive’.