Chevrolet Xtreme Force Concept
Years 1997
Drivetrain Front / Rear
Engine 4.5L Naturally Aspirated v 6 (Gasoline)
Power 450hp (335.7kW)
375lb-ft (506.3Nm)
Performance 1/4mile: 13.500

CHEVROLET TAKES S-10 TO XTREMES

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Take one mild mannered S-10 pickup, add a bunch of muscle, Jon Moss and too much caffeine -- shake, and you end up with something XTREME.

As part of Chevrolet's involvement in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) for 1997, we will sponsor a unique S-10 pickup for a proposed Pro Stock Truck Division.

The XTREME FORCE concept truck demonstrates what can be done with aftermarket parts, elbow grease and a little ingenuity. The result? A vehicle as comfortable on track as off track.

"We created the XTREME FORCE so consumers could better visualize the many options they have in modifying their S-10 pickups," said Ron Stanley, S-10 brand manager. "This concept truck shows the wealth of possibilities available to them." The concept truck was originally a two-wheel drive S-10 Fleetside pickup. Engineers added the aggressive Sportside rear fenders, custom tonneau cover and PPG Orange Glow paint.

Then, they installed a GM Motorsports 4.5-liter V6 engine, which develops 450 hp and 375 lbs.-ft of torque. A GM Hydramatic Motorsports 4L60-E automatic transmission and a Dana 46 4.10:1 rear axle put the power and torque to the pavement. The engine is built to handle the rigors of racing, with an iron block; 18-degree aluminum cylinder heads; forged-steel, common-pin crankshaft; a roller-follower camshaft; tuned-port, sequential fuel injection and tuned tubular stainless steel exhaust manifolds. A ZQ8 suspension system lowers the body two inches for a "hugger" look and feel.

Boyds "Vintage" billet aluminum wheels and BF Goodrich Comp T/A Drag Radial Tires (245/45-17s in front, and 315/35-17s in the rear) complete the package.

While the production S-10 pickup -- with its various models and options -- already offers owners a chance to individualize their vehicles, this concept clearly highlights even more, extreme possibilities. Enthusiasts interested in outfitting their vehicles to look and perform like the XTREME FORCE should contact the parts department at their Chevrolet dealership.

The S-10 line offers consumers regular and extended cabs, available in two-wheel and four-wheel drive with Fleetside and Sportside boxes. S-10 also features a range of suspension choices, from the ZQ8 on the XTREME FORCE to the top-of-the-line ZR2, meant to handle the toughest terrain.

Chevrolet also recently announced they will back programs featuring the S-10 pickup in 12 exhibition runs scheduled by NHRA. The events are designed to help introduce an all-new Pro Stock Truck racing class for 1998.

Source: GM

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