The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD is by far one of GM’s most rough-and-tumble workhorses, second only perhaps to its slightly more well-to-do cousin, the GMC Sierra 3500HD. As with its smaller compatriot, the 2500HD, the Silverado 3500HD features among its more impressive new specs the optional 6.6L Duramax turbodiesel, replete with 397 horsepower and 765 lb-ft of torque. Higher-tensile steel comprises the 11 different frame assemblies, which GM claims boast a 92- and 20-percent boost in bending and beaming stiffness (respectively). The structural overhaul has increased the HD’s performance capacity which, coupled with the new suspension system, allows for a 6,000lb axle weight capacity. Towing capacity from ball hitch alone is a staggering 16,000lbs while a fifth-wheel hitch can handle 20,000lbs.
At the slightly more budget-friendly edge of the spectrum is the no less capable gas-fed 6.0L V8, which delivers a reliable 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque.
Pricing starts at $35,065 for the base model, two-wheel drive 3500HD and options can extend the sticker well into the upper $50,000 range for the premium 3500HD Dually LTZ.
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