The Chevy Beast Is a 650-HP Off-Roader Built to Dominate the Desert

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The Chevy Beast Is a 650-HP Off-Roader Built to Dominate the Desert

Chevrolet today revealed all of the vehicles it plans to bring to SEMA this year, and the crown jewel of the bunch might just be the coolest concept of 2021. Dubbed the Chevy Beast, it’s a one-off desert racer with Corvette Z06 power, over a foot of suspension travel, and absolutely menacing looks.

Based on a shortened, customized Silverado chassis, the Beast uses a custom lightweight body that shrouds a chromoly tubular safety cage. The suspension was custom-developed specifically for this application and has 12 inches of travel up front and 15.5 inches of travel in the rear. There are 37-inch off-roading tires mounted on 20-inch bead-locking wheels that shroud four-wheel disc brakes with front Brembo six-piston calipers. Those massive tires mean an approach angle of 45 degrees, a departure angle of 46.5 degrees, and a breakover angle of 35 degrees.

Under the hood of the Beast sits Chevy’s 650-horsepower LT4 supercharged V-8 crate engine—the same powerplant found in the last-generation Corvette Z06. It gets power to all four wheels via a 10L90 10-speed automatic transmission and a two-speed transfer case. Out back you’ll find a pair of spare tires mounted in the bed, while in the cabin sits a pair of seven-inch LCDs that monitor things like vehicle functions and performance data.

For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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