On the list of things I love, sports cars and pickup trucks are pretty close to the top. I’m always looking into things like Wichita Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, just to see what’s new in the world of cars. They just keep coming, which is great for someone like me who loves cars.

Chevy has been nice enough to send me both over the last few weeks, and while we’ve spent plenty of time in the regular-duty Silverado (as well as its GMC sister), we have yet to sample one with the brawnier combo of the 6.2-liter V8 and accompanying 8-speed automatic transmission that was introduced this year. More power is always better, in our opinion, and a similar transmission change-up was performed on the Corvette for 2015 (we found the results to be very appealing). Can the same be said of the pickup?

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Like most buyers, we here at Speed:Sport:Life like our pickup trucks loaded, and GM obliged – our tester’s $56,165 sticker pushed it past the $50k stickers of our previous GMT K2XX platform testers and closer to diesel HD territory. It’s easy to see where the money was spent, though. Featuring just about every creature comfort known to man, our truck also touted a blacked-out appearance package that lent it a particularly menacing look. The black monochromatic aesthetic is not unlike that of the 454SS C/K street rod that Chevy churned out in the early 1990s.

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The “Midnight Edition” package, as it’s known here, replaces pretty much every chrome bit from the standard truck with a gloss black substitute, including 18” alloys, front and rear bumpers, front grille, door handles, and even the Chevy bowtie out front. When added to what was already a loaded model – our truck was a top-spec LTZ crew cab with four-wheel drive – we ended up with pretty much the swankiest Silverado you can spec before any options are thrown at it. Suffice it to say, if you want a single vehicle equally adept at playing luxury cruiser or capable bruiser, Chevy will happily sell you one just like this.

cq5dam.web.1280.1280 (4)Under the hood, our tester’s 6.2-liter V8 made its presence felt much more palpably than the 5.3-liter we’ve previously sampled in these quarter-ton pickups. As much as we hate pulling out trite metaphors, the “stump-pulling torque” descriptor seems relevant here. The 6.2-liter has gobs of low-end torque, and the 8L908 8-speed automatic easily makes the most of it. We noted some minor shift balkiness when the fluids were still cold, but otherwise, the 8-speed was transparent in its operation and always seemed to be in the right gear. It also helped eke out an 18 MPG week-long average, matching the best figures I’ve seen out of the 5.3-liter trucks – impressive, considering the upsized beast of an engine this new 8-speed comes paired to.

cq5dam.web.1280.1280 (2)For the $2,500 outlay required, I’d say the 6.2-liter and its accompanying transmission are well worth the additional outlay. What’s even better is that these new bits are wedged into an already convincing truck.

 

2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 Z71 4×4 LTZ Crew

Base price: $47,395

Price as tested: $56,165

Options on test car: 6.2-liter V8 engine & 8-speed automatic ($2,495), Midnight Edition package ($1,300), Power sunroof ($995), Driver Alert package ($845), Side steps ($700), heated & cooled seats ($650), Bose audio system ($500), MyLink touchscreen navigation system ($495), bucket seats ($375), trailer brake controller ($230), cargo box lighting ($125), bed tie downs ($60)

Powertrain: 6.2-liter V8 engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive – 420 horsepower, 460 lb-ft torque

S:S:L-observed fuel economy: 18 mpg

                                 

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