Are You Brave Enough to Get Behind Wheel of Chevy’s New ‘Beast’ Off-Road SUV?

by Chris Haney

Throughout this week, Chevrolet is showing off some of its newest technology at an event in Las Vegas, including a concept build called the Chevy Beast.

From Tuesday, Nov. 2 to Friday, Nov. 5, the SEMA Show is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The annual trade show promotes thousands of product innovations, and debuts many of the latest product and custom vehicle trends. Their concept build is showcasing the auto manufacturer’s premier desert running truck – The Beast.

The new concept is a Silverado truck model that’s been transformed into a four-seat SUV. It comes equipped with a long-travel adjustable suspension system, racing shocks, and 13.5 inches of ground clearance. Additionally, the company shortened the Silverado’s frame and added a chromoly cage with an open body. It completely changes the aesthetic of the vehicle and gives it the look of a futuristic military SUV.

In further spec details, a supercharged 650 horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 crate engine powers the Chevy Beast. The manufacturer installed 37-inch all-terrain tires on the appropriately named concept build as well.

The concept SUV won’t go into production, but is instead intended to inspire similar custom vehicles. That said, Chevy will soon introduce their new 2022 Silverado ZR2. It’s Chevrolet’s highest performing factory truck for high-speed off-roading.

Since it only utilizes 420 hp in its V8 engine, it’s not in direct competition with the RAM 1500 TRX that has 702 hp. But custom builders could technically use the Beast’s crate engine and some other after-market packages to create the next best thing.

Chevy Unleashes Its Most Powerful V8 Engine Ever

In addition to presenting the Chevy Beast concept build, Chevrolet is also debuting its most powerful V8 engine ever this week. While the car manufacturer continues to transition towards electric powered automobiles, they just built a gas engine for the record books.

Like the Beast, the new V8 engine is not meant for day-to-day street usage. It’s specifically designed for drag racing builds only. The special V8 engine includes a 632-cubic-inch ZZ632/1000 crate engine. Its 10-liter mill dishes out 1,004 horsepower with 876 lb-ft of torque. Yet all of the engine’s power comes from regular pumped gasoline. There is no additional supercharging needed.

Chevy’s new motor provides a 277 horsepower increase in power compared to the company’s previous best engine. The manufacturer’s ZZ572/740R Deluxe features 727 hp and 680 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet also created the iron-block ZZ632/1000 with a redline of 7,000 rpm. Therefore it is a huge boost in performance when compared to its predecessor.

In addition, FOX News reports that the new V8 engine “features electronic port injection fed through symmetrical ports built into its CNC-machined aluminum head, forged aluminum pistons along with a forged steel crank and connecting rods.”