Even bigger HSV Silverado unveiled
How big is too big?
In Chevrolet’s case, too big ain’t big enough, as the new Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD LTZ can only be driven on a truck licence.
Largely based on the existing Silverado 2500HD, the 3500HD brings “duallie” twin rear wheels, along with a longer load bed and flared rear arches. Good for carrying 2.2 tonnes in the tray, the beast can tow up to nine tonnes when using a heavy-duty pintle.
It is powered by the same 6.6-litre turbo diesel V8 as the Silverado 2500HD, serving up 332kW of power and a staggering 1234Nm of torque.
Power flows to all four wheels through a truck-spec six-speed automatic transmission.
Creature comforts include leather-trimmed seats with 10-way adjustment, heating and cooling. An 8-inch infotainment screen with sat nav, a seven-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also features.
Prospective owners with a truck licence can also pick up a new version of the smaller Silverado 2500HD homologated with a heavier payload which pushes the vehicle’s total gross vehicle mass to 4.6 tonnes.
Pricing for the Silverado range starts at $114,990 plus on-road costs, while the range-topping Silverado 3500HD LTZ costs $147,990. Optional extras include prestige paint ($1100) and a spray-on bed liner ($1500).
Originally built in Detroit, the machine is converted to right-hand drive and Australian design rules in Melbourne.
David McCowen is Drive’s news editor, combining automotive passion with more than a decade of reporting experience. Dave is often found at a racetrack – either in the press room, or driving his hot hatch.