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The Beast: Off-road monster with 650 hp V8

Chevrolet built a wild desert racer for the SEMA trade fair. The racing truck is based on the Silverado pick-up and features a supercharged V8.

The name says it all: "The Beast" is what Chevrolet calls the main eye-catcher the brand is bringing to the SEMA tuning fair in Las Vegas. A quick look at the device: Yes, that's right. Not only the optics speaks for quite a beast, also the key data are far from good and inconspicuous. Exactly what The Beast is now is a bit hard to pin down. It's roughly in the direction of "Military car meets Baja Rally Truck" or also: Raging fun for four!

Beast based on Silverado

The Beast is based on a Chevrolet Silverado , the brand's large full-size pick-up. This makes it clear that it is not a consumptive small car that is scurrying through the botany, but a real boulder that is raising the alarm. Counter-check in the technical data: Fits. 6.09 meters long, 3.22 meters wheelbase, 2.3 meters (!) track width. It's better to get out of the way when The Beast comes flying.

The engine and chassis make the Chevy airworthy. Under the hood is a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with a maximum output of 650 hp. And so that the load does not take off in an uncontrolled manner, the chassis is really suitable for rallies. A specially developed five-link rear axle with coil springs and the front multi-link independent wheel suspension with spring struts bring plenty of reserves: 39 centimeters of spring travel at the rear, 30.5 at the front and the whole thing garnished with 34 centimeters of ground clearance.

In the video: The Chevrolet Silverado 2022

The V8 is discharged into a ten-speed automatic, behind which the transfer case with off-road reduction is flanged. 37x13.5 off-road tires are mounted on 20x10 beadlock rims, which also benefits the approach angles: 45 degrees at the front, 46.5 at the rear, these are official values. In any case, the maximum four-person crew has to deal with plenty of wind, which is not only due to the 650 hp. Two half-height windows at the front and the small tubular doors make it clear that the Beast is better for cruising through the desert than through Scottish land rain.

The SEMA Show will take place from November 2nd to 5th, 2021 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. With around 1,300 exhibitors, it is considered the world's largest tuning fair. SEMA is reserved exclusively for trade visitors.

Conclusion

The legendary desert races in the USA were the inspiration for "The Beast", which Chevrolet constructed for the SEMA tuning fair in Las Vegas. Long suspension travel, a 650-horsepower V8 and four bucket seats in an open, buggy-like chassis, that sounds like a lot of fun.

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