The 1977 movie Smokey and the Bandit is a cult classic, and is a favourite of both car and enthusiasts. It’s so popular that the film continues to inspire automobile designers and tuners more than 40 years after its release, with the iconic Screaming Chicken graphic showing up on several makes and models over time. Now, a Toyo Tires-owned Chevrolet Silverado has been modified to resemble the legendary sports car. It will debut in SEMA next month.
The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab RST takes a fresh approach to the iconic Pontiac Trans Am from the film. However, the style goes far beyond black paint and a gold sticker. A widebody kit, golden highlights, lowered ride height, and what appears to be a tiny spoiler on the tailgate are among the changes to the now very aggressive exterior of the truck. New wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes ST III tires, and a host of interior modifications round out the visual upgrades.
The engine is a 5.3-liter V8 that produces 700 horsepower (521 kilowatts) thanks to a Magnunson DI supercharger. Making the noise is a Magnaflow exhaust. Brembo-provided monoblock eight-piston 4D brakes will be used to bring all that weight and power to a stop.
In conjunction with Saleen and Legendary Concepts of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, Toyo Tires built the Smokey and the Bandit tribute truck. The pickup, along with Toyo’s other reveals, will be on display at its Treadpass booth in Las Vegas.
The Silverado won’t be alone at this year’s SEMA Show, which takes place November 2-5, and where Toyo will debut 32 cars in total. A high-riding 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer that would make the new Bronco shiver, a modified DeLorean DMC-12, a 1000 horsepower (745 kW) Mazda RX-7, and a custom Lexus LC 500 Convertible are among the other builds the company will exhibit. Despite this, the Screaming Chicken should have no trouble differentiating itself in such a crowded area.