Two great tastes that taste great together. No, we’re not talking about candy or even food. We’re talking the performance magicians at Callaway Cars, and big bad truck builder Rocky Ridge. The result of their teamwork is this super beast from the east coast, the Rocky Ridge Callaway Special Edition Silverado.
At first glance, you might think this 2015 Rocky Ridge Callaway Special Edition Chevrolet Silverado is seriously over the top. But, not so fast.
Sure it’s brash, bold, a little bit loud, and a lot in your face; but as with most machines associated with Callaway Cars, it’s also one well-engineered hunk of performance equipment.
Starting with GM’s 6.2-liter direct injection V8, Callaway adds the same 2.3-liter TVS thrice-intercooled supercharger from their Corvette on top. The result is 560-horsepower and 553 lb-ft. of torque.
Extreme? Well maybe, but considering we’re now driving 700-horsepower Detroit sedans on the street, it’s not that out of line.
While Callaway takes care of the power, it’s off road specialists Rocky Ridge that takes care of the suspension.
There’s a 4-inch lift, specially designed to allow the use of 35-inch tires, now mounted on Rocky Ridge branded 20–inch wheels. New shocks are included all-around of course, with full coil-overs in front.
And much like what’s under the hood, you get a factory-style 3-year/36,000-mile warranty when you purchase this beast from your Chevrolet dealer. You also get a spray in liner for the bed; but with the tailgate this far off the ground, loading will take some muscle.
Now, despite the sky high stance, this Silverado is actually remarkably benign to drive in traffic, and not that unlike a stock Silverado until the road opens up and you get on it.
Inside, changes are far more minimal. Just the usual builder plaques and logoed floor mats, but the Silverado’s interior is already a borderline beautiful one, so that’s just fine. Seats are still very comfortable, and crew cab configuration means there’s plenty of room and comfort in the back seats as well.
Being such a tall vehicle, it’s one time where we actually found the deployable running boards useful and almost a necessity.
The side-exiting exhaust is a Callaway design. It has a stimulating rumble to it, and never seemed to get too loud unless you stay on the throttle for a long time.
Overall, it’s very well executed, with lots of finesse, and nothing to even nitpick about. It’s a premium all-out effort for the premium truck buyer.
At our test track the Rocky Ridge Callaway Special Edition romped to 60 in just 5.5–seconds. Power is immediate, and never let up throughout the quarter, finishing in 13.5–seconds at 102 miles-per-hour. Both the supercharger whine and the gnarly exhaust blend together to make a cocktail of symphonic awesomeness.
While carving through cones is not the kind of performance this truck is necessarily designed for, it wasn’t as challenging as expected; there’s just lots of body roll.
Of course, we had more fun just driving over them. Turns out this truck’s pretty good at that, too. Stopping in 125–feet from 60 was perhaps the most impressive feat for this truck’s track day.
Government Fuel Economy Ratings for a 6.2-liter Silverado are 15-City, 21-Highway, and 17-Combined, and we’re quite sure we wouldn’t want to put up with our 13.7 miles-per-gallon average on a daily basis.
With a price of $86,000, you might think that seems like a fortune for a “pickup”. But, have you taken a cruise through a new car dealer’s truck lot lately? Stock half tons with stickers well over 60 G’s are all too common these days.
So while on first glance, we weren’t quite sure how to take this 2015 Rocky Ridge Callaway Special Edition Chevrolet Silverado… “Does anyone really need a vehicle like this?” Well, after spending some high times up in the saddle, we found this sky scraper of a rig much more than just a way to stand above the crowd. It’s a well-built, and yes very tasty high performance truck that lacks only one thing. A country song written about it.
Engine: 6.2 liter
Torque: 553 lb-ft.
0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds
1/4 mile: 13.5 seconds @ 102 mph
EPA: 15 mpg city/ 21 mpg highway