The Tahoe SS relies on rear-wheel drive to transmit its power to the road. Chevy calls the 345-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 package “production ready,” down to the suspension derived from the Chevy police package and a new set of wheels and body fairings. Leather upholstery and white-faced gauges are common to other SS models, as is the black paint shroud and revised fascia.
Clad in bright orange instead, the Silverado SST
is a striking, smoothed-out four-door truck with a shortened wheelbase and a carbon-fiber hood. The Corvette influences are duly noted: there’s a 480-hp 6.6-liter V-8 with a six-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential on loan from the sports car. The suspension is all independent, with front and rear air springs; anti-lock brakes are fitted to the four-wheel discs.
The Lucchese Suburban does for Chevy what the King Ranch does for Ford’s F-150 — gives it “remote Crawford ranch” appeal. This ‘Burban wears lovely leather inside and sterling silver trim on its grille, tow hooks and door handles. A slick revamp of the Suburban’s front end matches the sleek ostrich leather interior, which is also trimmed in walnut. In back, a walnut Truckvault storage system features two deep wooden drawers integrated beneath the rear cargo floor. An 8.1-liter V-8 with 460 hp slots in the engine bay.
A 262-hp Cavalier?
The Ecotec-powered Cavalier shown here gets supercharging to reach the near-mythic mark. Forged pistons and titanium con rods enable the power, as does the Z24 suspension package and four-wheel disc brakes. Axis-Hagen 19-inch wheels and a 1.75-inch drop complete the Cavalier boost job.
Another Ecotec Cavalier hits a slightly lower mark — but still puts out 220 hp, more than any Cavalier than before. The Cavalier 2.2 Sport Turbo
puts the power through a five-speed manual gearbox. A Borla exhaust complements three-piece Racing Hard 19 x 7.5-inch wheels and TOYO Proxes FZ-4 P225/35R19 tires. New front and rear-end styling and a ram-air hood scoop match up with a rear spoiler and clear taillamps.
GMC’s lineup of trucks gets modified often enough by owners. This time around, GMC is doing the modifications itself, and at SEMA, two trucks showed their allegiance to the home-improvement crowd and to the professionals that GMC grades itself against.
The Sierra Landscaper Pro
is based on the Sierra pickup with Quadrasteer, but with key features to make putting in fall pansies much easier. Dual loading ramps alleviate mulch back, while a Warn bed-mounted winch makes it easier to load a riding mower or tiller into the bed. A Lyco Loader power tailgate picks up 500 pounds of peat moss (or five Kate Moss?) and the entire bed wears spray-in bedliner protection. Inside the console gets all sorts of outlets for cell phones, laptops, and 7-Eleven coffee, and spill-proof seat fabric, too.
The tool gear for the Landscaper is supplied by Home Depot, as are the pieces supplied to the Savana Installer Pro
. That cargo van speaks in megawatts to electricians, who will savor its all-wheel-drive chassis and wireless networking with advanced job-tracking software. Stainproof seat fabric, rubberized interior paint and a ladder rack finish off the project van.