Home / Auto News / News article: SEMA 2010: Chevy Unveils Custom Z71 Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD Race Car Hauler - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Nov 02 2010, 6:36 PM

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While the numerous custom Camaros and wild modified Corvettes might be stealing the spotlight over at Chevy‘s SEMA booth, let’s not forget about the working man’s Silverado HD.

For 2011 Chevy revamped the trucks with an all new frame and a new Duramax engine. Now the team at Chevrolet is looking to offer even more to Silverado HD customers with a long list of accessories. On display at SEMA is a Silverado 2500 HD Z71 with a Switchblade Silver paint job and custom Z71 graphics. It’s also got custom Corvette Competition Gray-painted 20-inch wheels, as well as a body color grille, tonneau cover, a hitch-mounted winch, and side steps in a matching Corvette Gray. Inside, the truck gets two DVD players mounted int he headrests, and the truck is equipped with wi-fi.

Parked next to the 2500 is an even more massive 3500 model, equipped to pull a race car – which should be a joke for the big Chevy truck with its tow rating maxing out at 21,700 lbs. It gets custom racing graphics, 17-inch wheels, chrome hood louvers, a custom grille insert, chrome fuel door and trailering mirrors.

GALLERY: Chevy Silverado HD Z71 at SEMA

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GALLERY: Chevy Silverado HD Z71

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Get more info on both trucks after the jump:

2011 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 2500HD Z71

Redesigned for 2011, the Silverado heavy-duty lineup is broader than ever, with 10 2500HD models and eight single- and dual-rear-wheel 3500HD models. In the Chevrolet display at the SEMA show, a new, accessorized 2500HD Extended Cab Z71 equipped with the new 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel engine Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission demonstrated the personalization possibilities of the new HD lineup.

All 2011 Silverado HD models bring greater capability, improved ride and handling and a greater feeling of driver control. Highlights include:

  • Increased towing capability of up to 21,700 pounds (9,843 kg) and payload of up to 6,635 pounds (3,009 kg) on 3500HD models, supported by all-new fully-boxed, high-strength-steel frames and strong suspensions
  • New 6.6L Duramax diesel delivers up to 11-percent greater highway fuel economy and up to 63-percent lower emissions, along with B20 biodiesel capability and quicker acceleration
  • All-new “smart” exhaust brake feature provides greater control on grades and reduced brake pad wear
  • An array of control features, including trailer sway control, integrated trailer brake control, hill start assist, automatic grade braking, intelligent brake assist and larger brakes
  • Purposeful technology, including available mobile WiFi, USB connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar 9.0 and navigation.

Outside, the 2011 Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD models are distinguished by a power dome-style hood with a new, louvered design, as well as a new grille and full-width chrome steel front bumper. A new lineup of 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheel/tire combinations is featured, too, and the 2500HD SEMA show vehicle displays 20-inch wheels that are available through Chevrolet dealers, but painted Corvette Competition Gray for the show vehicle.

Additional accessories are either available now or are being evaluated for future availability.

VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS

Exterior:

  • Switchblade Silver color with satin low-gloss finish
  • Body-color grille
  • Chevrolet Accessory 20-inch wheels painted Corvette Competition Gray
  • Hard folding tonneau cover
  • Six-inch oval assist steps painted Corvette Competition Gray
  • Hitch-mounted winch
  • Amber roof lamps
  • Custom Z71 graphics

Interior:

  • Dark Titanium leather interior
  • Chevrolet Accessory interior trim plate kit with custom show paint
  • Dual DVD headrests with HD WiFi headphones
  • Navigation radio
  • Autonet mobile Wi-Fi

Performance:

  • Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel and Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission

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2011 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 3500HD RACE CAR HAULER

The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD was designed for effortless towing and hauling. It looks great doing it, too – especially when it is connected to a Chevy race car and trailer. Chevrolet highlighted the capabilities of the new HD truck at the SEMA show by pairing it with a race car mounted on an open trailer and hooked to a Silverado 3500HD Crew Cab Dually.

“A Chevy race car being towed by a new Silverado HD truck is a combination any enthusiast would love to call his own,” said Paul Arnone, lead designer. “The 2011 Silverado 3500HD can tow up to 21,700 pounds, so a race car on an open trailer is no sweat for this truck.”

Maximum towing capability is achieved with the improved Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel engine and that’s exactly what’s under the hood of the display vehicle. It’s paired with a revised version of the Allison 1000 six-speed automatic for a powertrain combination that is more powerful yet more fuel-efficient than the one it replaces.

No powertrain modifications were made to the display vehicle, but its exterior and interior wear a number of Chevrolet Accessories and other aftermarket parts, as well as a few custom touches developed by Chevrolet designers. They reflect the personalization many customers perform to enhance the style, comfort and capabilities of their truck. Highlights include a full-width tool box and, on the inside, dual DVD headrests.

“Just about every unique part or system on the show vehicle is available through Chevrolet dealers or via licensed aftermarket manufacturers,” said Arnone. “It is a truck designed for the greatest work capability, but it does so with exceptional comfort and flair.”

VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS

Exterior:

  • Black color with custom racing graphics
  • Custom grille insert
  • Chrome hood louvers
  • 17-inch bright wheels
  • Six-inch chrome oval assist steps
  • Six-inch custom box steps
  • Full-width tool box Cargo Management System
  • Body-color splash guards
  • Chrome fuel door
  • Trailering mirrors

Interior:

  • Ebony leather seating with color stitching and piping
  • Custom interior trim treatment in piano black
  • Dual DVD headrests with HD Wi-Fi headphones
  • Navigation radio
  • Autonet mobile Wi-Fi

Performance:

  • Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel and Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission
  • Brian F

    What’s the type, brand and tire size on the 2011 2500 US Z71. And is that paint or powder coating on the time. Thanks.

  • jeremy

    The tires are BF Goodrich all terrain tires but unsure about the tire size. The company makes a 285/55R20 that is only an inch wider than the factory tire. I wish I actually knew what the tire size was also because that is the look I want.

  • John Devereaux

    I own 2010 chevy silverado 2500 series DSL, I want to change the bumper and grill to the 2011 style, I wanting to know if they are interchangeable or if there is a company in the market to supply such items.

  • bill miller

    i would like to know a source for chrome hood louvers for a 2011 silverado 2500 hd , i am a gm dealer and they dont offer any yet . thank you

  • patrick wireman

    yes bill….i too would like to find out the supplier of the chromed vents. i saw one on the street but no dealers can get one yet the sema 3500 also has them on. where are they from?