|BIG RED 2008 Silverado HD Z71
Chevrolet Concept Debuts at 2007 SEMA Show
November 8, 2007
Taking cues from Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s “Big Red” Silverado that debuted at SEMA in 2006, the ’08 Silverado HD Crew Z71 Big Red demonstrates how that expressive concept’s unique features would look with production-type components. It combines numerous GM Accessories inspired by Earnhardt’s Big Red and features additional custom touches. It also supposes the popular Z71 off-road package on the Silverado 2500HD – a model not offered by the factory. It’s powered by the 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 and a six-speed Allison transmission.
Inspired by last year's concept Dale Earnhardt Jr "Big Red" Silverado, this 2008 Chevrolet Silverado HD showcases some one-off appointments in a concept Z71 package. Although the Z71 option is not available on the Silverado 2500HD, there are several aftermarket options that can be added to increase the off-road prowess as well as visual appeal.
The four-wheel-drive equipped Silverado HD Z71 is powered by a 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel engine mated to a bombproof 6-speed Allison transmission. Suspension upgrades include a Rancho lift complete with dual shock hoops up front with Rancho shocks. True to form, this Z71 includes underbody protection with a custom skid plate. The 35-inch BFGoodrich All Terrain tires can handle off-road, while custom 20-inch wheels provide stand-out looks on the street.
A welcome return from the Earnhardt truck last year is the integrated bed rail and light bar combo. This slick setup houses four driving lamps to light the most demanding excursions. Inside the bed is a carpeted bed liner, and trick rail system with dual storage boxes and adjustable tie-down anchors. A matching spare wheel and tire is mounted in the bed.
The truck wears the signature "Earnhardt Red" paint color. Up front, billet aluminum grills reside in the paint-matched Z71 grill, while the bumper is accented with silver paint and chrome tow hooks. Perhaps one of the most unique feature are the custom running boards that double as loading ramps. A concept fuel door completes the exterior package.
Inside, the seats are covered in ballistic nylon material. Z71 badges adorn the floor mats, sill plates and instrument cluster. A portable DVD player provides entertainment, while a remote start adds convenience.