The Chevrolet Silverado added a muscle car-type performance to their popular half-ton offering in 2003. Called the Silverado SS, the vehicle began a widespread effort to implant their historic ‘Super Sport’ moniker across their model line-up. Based on a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 extended cab pickup truck, the 2003 Silverado SS incorporated several sport-themed features. A front end featuring unique air intakes, a two-inch lower ride height and 20-inch wheels within Goodyear Eagle tires are the most eye-catching qualities of the Silverado SS.
Black, Arrival Blue Metallic and Victory Red were the only exterior colors offered with the 2003 Silverado SS. The most powerful half-ton truck offered by Chevrolet for 2003, momentum came from a high output 6.0-liter eight-cylinder engine. Using the same LQ9 engine design found in the Cadillac Escalade, the Silverado SS is propelled by 345 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. A specially tuned four-speed automatic transmission paired with the Silverado SS’ V-8 engine designed to optimize acceleration and highway cruising performance of the truck. Standard features found on the 2003 Silverado SS pickup truck include dual-zone air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control and four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system. For 2003 and 2004, the Silverado SS was only offered with full-time four-wheel drive.
A rear-wheel drive version of the truck was offered in 2005 and would become the only drivetrain used for the 2006 model year Silverado SS. Along with providing a purer form of V-8 performance, the rear-wheel drive 2005 Silverado SS could tow up to 8,100 pounds. Modified with a rear spoiler and unique badging, an Intimidator SS model of the truck was offered in 2005 honoring late NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt. The final year of sale for the Chevrolet Silverado SS occurred in 2007 under the Classic banner.