We love the basic Chevrolet 454 SS, however even the staunchest followers will admit that the opposite muscle vehicles of the day—Ford’s F-150 Lightning, the smaller however wilder GMC Syclone—had it beat on precise muscle. Certain, largest engine within the lightest physique fashion is a time-honored method, however the torquey 454 truck motor wasn’t as particular as its rivals. For cool issue, although, the 454 SS packed a lot, and a little bit of mystique, too. In any case, Chevy hasn’t constructed a follow-up, a real muscle truck—though the 2003 Chevy Silverado SS got here shut. So, what would a contemporary 454 SS appear to be?
We requested gifted artist Abimelec Arellano think about simply that, and to hew as shut as attainable to the unique design in doing so. Single-cab pickups are a nonstarter in at present’s truck market, however that is what the 454 SS had initially—and it’s our fantasy so that is what we went with.
This 454 SS begins out with one of many stranger vehicles within the firm’s portfolio: the single-cab Silverado Path Boss and RST fashions. Sure, Chevy makes them like that from the manufacturing facility. And no, you’ll be able to’t purchase one except you reside within the Center East. (You may, nonetheless, purchase a single-cab, long-bed Chevrolet Silverado 1500 within the U.S., albeit in unremarkable work truck guises.) The 6.2-liter V-Eight is on the market in single cab vehicles in that market (not right here!), in order that’s a reasonably good start line—and the 6.2-liter small-block is a greater efficiency engine than the previous 454 big-block ever was.
The unique 454 SS was accessible in a few colours, however black with crimson accents is the long-lasting shade scheme. That is what we now have right here. The bowtie will get a crimson stripe, the Silverado HD hood scoop will get a crimson accent bar, and a stylized and up to date “454” brand graces the mattress atop refined matte contrasting stripes. A tonneau cowl and aspect skirts assist intensify the decrease journey peak. And large, Torq-Thrust-esque wheels give it an acceptable fashionable muscle look.
The Silverado’s break up entrance lamps already loosely recall the GMT400-based authentic’s iconic horizontally organized fascia, and there are decrease fog lights (albeit higher built-in than within the authentic), in order that helps cement the connection. However as a substitute of a single side-exit exhaust like on the early 454 SSs, we selected to maintain the slick, built-in twin exhausts on ours. They’re already appropriately sporty.
Will Chevy ever construct a brand new 454 SS that appears like this? Might it ever hope to do battle with the Dodge Ram SRT-10-inspired, Ram 1500 TRX-based road pickup we rendered lately? We give it a few 0.00004-percent probability, due principally to the only cab which is gross sales dying aside from the business market.
Now, a 454 with a crew cab may muscle in on the road truck market, carving a spot out for itself whereas the off-road oriented dangerous boys just like the Ram 1500 TRX and Ford F-150 Raptor duke it out on the playa. And with GM allegedly contemplating a supercharger package deal for his or her giant SUVs, possibly a blown 454 SS pickup may journey alongside on their tire-smoked coattails. Or maybe we must always all look ahead to a equally highly effective Silverado that is extra of the occasions: The upcoming all-electric one.