By Robby DeGraff
When we think of performance pickup trucks, models like the Ford F-150 Lightning, Dodge Ram SRT10, Chevy Silverado SS, Toyota Tacoma X-Runner, Chevy SSR and the almighty Ford Raptor come to mind. These sport pickups are not designed to be used as a work truck, but rather as rear-wheel-drive tire fryers.
With the SEMA show coming up in a week, let’s look back to the 2006 SEMA automotive show, where Chevrolet gave us a sneak peek at a sleek concept truck, the 427 LS7 SS Silverado. This dark blue single-cab monster made our jaws drop in hopes that Chevrolet would produce it. Unfortunately it didn’t, but there is a saving grace: Almost four years later, Houston-based Fastlane has resurrected the concept and turned it into a reality.
The 427 SS Silverado is back in black (literally), powered by a 7.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8 borrowed from the insanely fast Corvette Z06. For a full-out $33,900, Fastlane takes your standard Silverado and straps on a mean-looking ram-air hood and body kit, color-matched front grille, aerodynamic rear tonneau cover, Baer brake kit for added stopping power, 22-inch chrome SS rims wrapped in grippy 305/40/22 Kuhmo tires, and a lowered sport suspension that includes a four-link rear suspension and a big Hellwig anti-sway bar in the front.
And we can’t forget about the heart of this sport truck: the 505-horsepower, 7.0-liter V-8. Even though the engine is already powerful enough for just about any vehicle on the road, Fastlane takes it one step further by adding a custom cold air intake, Callies crankshaft, H-beam rods, forged pistons, stainless steel headers and a thundering custom ground camshaft. Match this modified motor to a fully built transmission and a custom SS side-exhaust system, and the sinister 427 SS Silverado will easily boast an astonishing 550 hp!
The 427 SS Silverado not only sounds like a Z06 Corvette on the track and dyno, but I’m sure it would give a Ferrari 458 Italia or a Corvette ZR1 a run for its money at the drag strip.
Fastlane’s 427SS packages start around $18,500. Make sure to catch Fastlane’s turbocharged 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0 at this year’s SEMA show.