Is the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 RST 6.2L V8 a Spiritual Successor to the Mighty 454 SS?

Should GM build the new SS truck?

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2020 Chevy Silverado RST & 454 SS

The Chevy Silverado 454 SS is a legend

For a time, powerful pickups like the 1990 Chevy Silverado 454 SS, Ford Lightning and Dodge Ram SRT-10 were terrorizing black-tops nationwide. Recently, our friends at found an absolutely cherry 1990 Chevy Silverado 454 SS that will cost you over $52,000.

Granted, this model has 26 miles on it and is as original as you can get. Hell, it even has the original tires! It was also stored indoors in a temperature controlled facility. So, yea… pricy. In the recent past, we’ve seen nice Chevy Silverado 454 SS examples going for less than 30K.

The 1990 Chevy Silverado 454 SS came with a 230 horsepower 7.4-liter (454 cubic inch) V8 that makes 385 lb-ft of torque. Hooked up to a three-speed automatic, the 454 SS weighs 4,500 lbs and is reported to run 0 to 60 mph in 7.2-seconds. It was a hoot to drive and sounded like a million bucks.

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This got us thinking: is the 2020 Chevy Silverado RST 6.2L V8 a spiritual successor to the burley Chevy Silverado 454 SS?

The 2020 Chevy Silverado RST 6.2-liter V8 makes 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission is the only tranny available. While that is considerably more powerful, it weighs a smidge under 5,000 lbs. That’s before options.

While I’ve been lucky enough to have driven both trucks, there is NO way (in my opinion) that the current RST can match the swagger of the 454 SS. It just oozed badassery. Sure, the RST will kill the 1990 SS with performance and capability… and efficiency, comfort and safety, but not its attitude.

What do you think?

All of us at TFLtruck are smitten with GM’s 6.2-liter V8. It has proven itself to be fast, flexible and fairly economical. In this video, we got our hands on a Silverado RST and battled some interesting foes 0 to 60 mph. Check it out!

Spoiler alert: The new 2020 Silverado 1500 RST double-cab 4×4 clocked in a 7.06 seconds 0-60 MPH run at a mile above sea level. This means that times near the low 6 second mark are possible at sea level.

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.