Chevrolet did something a little more revolutionary: They created an off-road concept that has a lot of looks borrowed from other cars, including the Corvette C8. Formerly known as the Chevy Beast, this vehicle has been optimized for off-roading and has been carefully crafted to take on similar vehicles from competitors. Clues from other cars can be seen in the frame, bodywork, aerodynamics, interior design and even the steering wheel.
Read on to learn more about how Chevrolet’s off-road concept was able to incorporate parts and parts from other vehicles into a capable all-terrain vehicle.
Put your hands on the wheel
The greatest point of similarity is, surprisingly, the wheel. When Chevrolet launched its new off-road concept at SEMA 2021, many off-road enthusiasts caught their eye. Many aspects were taken from the Corvette c8, most notably the steering wheel. What revealed it was the square rim and the folded spokes. The choice of the wheel was chosen for its sporty image, in keeping with the theme of the off-road concept.
However, the similarities don’t end there. The engine, for example, is the 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged V8 from the Camaro ZL1 and the C7 Corvette Z06, which produces 650 horsepower. It has a 10-speed automatic transmission with a two-speed transfer case, which then switches to a four-wheel drive system. An eight-speed gearbox handled the original 6.2-liter V8 engine of the Corvette C8 which could develop 490 horsepower. The chassis, however, is courtesy of the Silverado Pickup Truck, with the upper body largely similar to a 4130 chromoly steel roll cage. The Silverado’s body had to be modified slightly, with a tubular chromoly safety structure and custom lightweight bodywork added for more efficiency and improvement.
The all-terrain concept also has 13.5 “of ground clearance and 12” of forward wheel travel. All-terrain tires are 37 “with 20” bead wheels. This off-road concept should roll at high speeds over rough terrain with ease, and while there have been concerns about the practicality of the steering wheel choice, so far there have been no complication in this regard.
Problems with the name of the beast
For legal reasons, Chevrolet can no longer call its new creation “the Beast”. After its release at SEMA 2021, a name dispute ensued, force Chevy to officially drop the name. The Chevrolet team has been largely silent on the details, noting only how one entity approached them and objected to their choice of name.
The entity was likely a representative of Saber Automotive, which currently owns the “Beast” name brand when applied to US vehicles. Saber is also affiliated with Rezvani, an automaker that builds a supercar named “Beast”. Unfortunately, the team behind the name have yet to choose a more descriptive name, opting instead for the name “Chevy Off-Road Concept,” which is hardly so catchy.
Borrow from much more than a Corvette
Many aspects and characteristics of this off-road concept have taken clues and inspiration from other vehicles. Nods to the Corvette C8 and Silverado have been mentioned before, but the similarities don’t end there. Some aspects, such as the engine, were not just signals and nods, but were directly removed from the aforementioned vehicles without being modified or adapted. The 10-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive system come of the Corvette C7 Z06.
Skid plates and LED lights are also part of the package, as are the Brembo brakes. An all-terrain suspension setup is also included. For data monitoring and infotainment, the off-road concept has two seven-inch LCD screens. Four Recaro seats with four-point harness adorn the interior to secure occupants, although the cabin itself remains open.
All-terrain against competitors
This concept vehicle was designed to take on competing vehicles in the off-road sector. Currently, it is expected to hold its own against GMC’s Hummer EV, Ford Bronco, Ram 1500 TRX and Ford F-150 Raptor. As a result, its characteristics have been designed or modified to follow the aforementioned vehicles.
There are control arms with adjustable shocks and external reservoirs, which are supposed to help navigate more rugged terrain. All kinds of safety features, like Recaro seats with four-point harnesses, are included to put more emphasis on safety than its competitors. In addition, according to Motor Biscuit, Chevrolet intends to have its new off-road concept “Outperforms all opponents in off-road driving”.
Sources: motor1.com, caranddriver.com, gearpatrol.com, overlandexpo.com,
The high-performance off-roader broke cover at SEMA.
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