Those of us who have spent our lives around cars, workshops and wrenching know the satisfaction of a job well done, and we take exceptional pride in the cars we own, race, restore and enjoy on a daily basis. As we grow older and dedicate more time to work and families, we have less time to work on cars, yet still want to maintain the distinct pleasure of driving distinct cars.
Off the shelf "limited editions," have their place in the larger automotive market, but for many a cookie-cutter limited isn't limited at all. For these people, they have to seek the aftermarket to assuage that hunger. In the European market, there are tuner cars, cars built from "bodies in white" to conform to an exclusive clientele's demands. Here in the USA, we have the same thing with aftermarket companies offering a complete turnkey vehicle.
Gibbs Performance, has recently introduced Silverado and Tahoe model trucks decked out with performance parts developed from the Gibbs family's many years in NASCAR Busch racing. The trucks will be sold at select Chevrolet dealers nationwide.
The company was founded in 1983 by three-time Super-Bowl-winning coach and two-time champion NASCAR Winston Cup owner Joe Gibbs, and his youngest son Coy Gibbs, driver of the No. 18 MBNA Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series.
Coy Gibbs, the younger member of the father/son duo, has taken the driver's seat at Joe Gibbs Performance, as president of the newly formed venture. Applying wisdom and experience he learned from his father, he hopes to build his company into a major contender in the automotive industry.
"Anyone who drives one of our Joe Gibbs Performance Silverado's will be satisfied. It's really a fun truck to drive and to know you have that extra horsepower makes it even that much better," stated Gibbs.
The above named horsepower comes by way of a Gibbs-designed, Roots-type intercooled/supercharged engine producing 390 horsepower and 425 lbs. ft of torque, exhausting through a Gibbs stainless steel, cat-back exhaust. This all ads up to a 5.9-sec. zero-to-sixty time, and a 13.8 1/4 mile at 99.43 mph for the Silverado.
Both models come with a full host of upgrades and amenities including a tuned suspension, Gibbs/Baer brakes, DVD entertainment, logo-emblazoned mats and seats, and many extras.
More information about the Gibbs' vehicles can be found on the company's web site at www.joegibbsperformance.com or by phone at 1-800-JGP-CORP (1-800-547-2677.)
JOE GIBBS PERFORMANCE TAHOE
Gibbs Designed Front Fascia with Fog Lamps
Gibbs Designed Rear Spoiler
Mono-toned Rear Bumper
Gibbs Designed Rocker Panels
Joe Gibbs Performance Badges - Doors and Tailgate>br> Gibbs Designed Stainless Steel CAT-Back Exhaust w/ Dual Tips
Gibbs Designed 20" x 8.5" Hyper Silver Wheels >br> P275-55R-20 Eagle LS Goodyear Tires >br> Gibbs Tuned Suspension
Audio/Video Package w/DVD Based Entertainment System
Gibbs Designed Sport Leather/Suede Seating
Joe Gibbs Performance Logo Embroidered Floor Mats
Gibbs Designed Gage Cluster w/ Logo
Limited Production Dash Badge
Gibbs/Bear Designed Brake Package
Gibbs Designed "Roots" Type SUPERCHARGER/INTERCOOLED System 390hp/425ft lbs
EST. MSRP: $42,000-$47,000