The Chevrolet Beast is a Ford F-150 Raptor-Fighter, in concept form


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Right now, Ford and Ram are offering decadent super-trucks in the desert with the F-150 Raptor and the Ram 1500 TRX. GM has stayed out of this fray so far, settling for cool (but relatively lukewarm) efforts like the new Silverado ZR2 and Sierra AT4X. But now Chevrolet has produced a vehicle that fills that niche, at least as a concept. He is called the Beast and aims to “dominate the wilderness with ability, control and performance.” Chevrolet debuts at SEMA 2021.

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The Beast’s base vehicle is the Short Bed Silverado. Chevrolet shortened the frame and added a Chromoly tubular safety structure and custom lightweight bodywork. They traded the engine for an LT4 crate engine – the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 in the CT5-V Blackwing – developing 650 horsepower. The Beast gets a 10-speed, two-speed automatic transfer case. If you were worried that the Beast would have a hard time stopping, it also gets the Chevrolet Performance Big Brake Upgrade System.

The Beast features custom long-travel suspension, a widened 91-inch track, and 37-inch off-road tires with 20-inch bead wheels. The modifications give the Beast 13.5 inches of ground clearance and impressive suspension travel, 12 inches up front and 15.5 inches in the rear. The Beast has a 45 ° approach, 35 ° breakover, and 46.5 ° departure angles. Those last two numbers are better than the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Xtreme Recon.

The question probably raised to five figures is whether the Chevy Beast portends a production off-roader. The short answer is we don’t know. The existing Beast concept suggests someone at Chevy is exploring building a competitor Raptor. And we can assume that Chevrolet wouldn’t launch this idea – with their flagship vehicle at a major show like SEMA – if they didn’t measure the interest.

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