“Smokey And The Bandit” Silverado Tribute Truck To Make SEMA Debut


Smokey and the bandit is a movie classic that has gained cult status among moviegoers and car enthusiasts. It’s so popular that the film still inspires designers and auto tuners more than 40 years after its release, with Screaming Chicken finding its way into various makes and models over the years. The latest to wear the hood bird is a modified Chevrolet Silverado from Toyo Tires, which will make its debut at this year’s SEMA Show.

Based on the 2021 Silverado Crew Cab RST, the creation is a new take on the iconic Pontiac Trans Am from the movie that is applied to a street truck setup. However, the design goes much further than black paint and a gold decal. The pickup also includes a widebody kit, gold accents, a lowered ride height, and what appears to be a small spoiler on the tailgate. Other visual upgrades include new wheels, Toyo Proxes ST III tires, and unspecified interior touches.

Under the hood is a tuned 5.3-liter V8 that produces 700 horsepower (521 kilowatts) thanks to its Magnunson DI supercharger, which breathes through a Magnaflow exhaust. The eight-piston monobloc 4D brakes supplied by Brembo stop all that power. Toyo Tires built the Smokey and the bandit Tribute truck in collaboration with Saleen and Legendary Concepts of Mt. Pleasant, Texas. The pickup, along with Toyo’s other revelations, will be on display at his Treadpass booth.

Toyo is heading to this year’s SEMA Show, which runs November 2-5, with 32 vehicles in its debut, so the Silverado won’t be alone. Other builds the company will showcase include a 1972 Chevy K5 Blazer that would give the new Bronco chills, a modified DeLorean DMC-12, a 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatt) Mazda RX-7, a 1986 Nissan Z. , and a custom Lexus LC 500 Cabriolet. The howling chicken should have no trouble getting out of the crowded stall.

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