Chevrolet plugs the 6.2-litre V8 into Silverado Trail Boss and RST
|driving.ca 23 May 2019 at 13:30|
Chevrolet is expanding the availability of its mighty 6.2-litre V8 engine, choosing to stuff it into the macho Trail Boss and natty four-wheel drive RST models. It’ll be appended to GM’s excellent 10-speed automatic transmission.
For those keeping count, more than half of the Silverado trims can now be equipped with the large-displacement engine, which pumps out 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque.
If that’s still not enough for you, be sure to check the option box for the Performance Upgrade Package which adds a performance air intake and cat-back performance exhaust system, raising output to 435 horsepower and 469 lb.-ft. of torque. ‘Murica!
Buried in the middle of this information drop was the tidbit this newfound power will increase Silverado’s maximum towing capacity to a heady 13,400 pounds when properly equipped. Alert readers will note this is a class-leading figure.
With the Detroit truck wars perpetually raging, especially in the area of towing supremacy, you can bet the house on Ford and Ram responding in kind very quickly.
In a fit of practicality, Chevy chose to endow both the Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss trims with the 6.2-litre option. In those trucks, all that power is paired with a 2-inch factory suspension lift, locking rear differential, Rancho shocks and Goodyear Duratrac rubber. We are planning a celebratory off-road soirée as we speak.
With yesterday’s news of the ten-speed automatic making its way into the 5.3-litre V8 power team, the powertrain count for the 2020 Silverado rises to no less than seven: a base V6, the turbo four, a 5.3-litre V8 with either active or dynamic fuel management systems (the latter with a choice of two transmissions), the 6.2-litre V8, and an inline-six turbo-diesel. GM truck fans are spoilt for choice in 2020.
While this information is not yet reflected on any of GM’s Canadian websites, we did reach out to the Product Communications Manager who confirmed Chevy will be offering the same packaging options in this country.