One of the vehicles Chevrolet is showcasing at this year’s SEMA show is the Beast concept—a four-seater off-roader that’s based on a modified Silverado chassis. It’s powered by a 6.2L V8 supercharged crate engine—which we’ll talk about in a minute.
The designers and engineers started with the chassis of a Silverado short-bed model and modified it for high-speed desert running. The frame was shortened and a custom-designed, 4130 chromoly tubular safety structure was integrated while the modified chassis was wrapped with a custom lightweight body, Chevy said. A long-travel, adjustable off-road suspension system, and Brembo front brakes with 6-piston calipers are also some of the key highlights. The Beast rides on 20-inch beadlock wheels wrapped with 37-inch off-road tires.
The Chevy Beast concept is powered by a 650 bhp LT4 6.2-litre V8 supercharged engine—paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that sends torque to a 2-speed transfer case that distributes it to the aforementioned wheels.