The 420 HP Chevrolet Silverado Cheyenne Is The V8 Trucklet You Need

Not content to let Ford have the smaller-ish performance truck market all to themselves with the upcoming Ford Tremor, Chevrolet is firing back with a new small truck concept that packs a V8 engine, some Camaro goodies, and an exhaust that's gonna let people know.

Meet the Chevrolet Silverado Cheyenne concept, set to be yet another reason SEMA might not suck this year. Chevy says the Cheyenne "embraces the adage that less is more," which is certainly an odd approach as far as modern trucks go but seems to work extremely well here.

It's small by American truck standards in 2013, anyway. The Ford Ranger and Chevy S-10 have gone the way of the Dodo bird.

The Cheyenne is a performance-oriented version of the 2014 Silverado regular cab packed with various weight-saving measures that shave 200 pounds off the standard truck. There's also 19-inch wheels, high-performance tires and the Brembo carbon ceramic brakes that all come directly off the Camaro Z/28. Sweet.

The 420 HP Chevrolet Silverado Cheyenne Is The V8 Trucklet You Need

The deal gets even sweeter when you look under the hood, where you'll find an all-new EcoTec 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Chevy claims that it's the most power you can get in the light duty truck segment. And just to let pedestrians and your fellow motorists know you aren't messing around, it also comes with a Borla exhaust.

Not gonna lie, I'm kind of loving this. I look forward to the inevitable Tremor vs. Cheyenne small truck burnout contest. God bless America!