How to Get the Best 0 to 60 Times with the Four-Cylinder 2019 Silverado
Every possible drivetrain configuration of the turbocharged Silverado is tested, including sport mode and traction control.
The folks at TFLTruck recently got their hands on a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado with the new turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Along with their normal testing, the team put the new Chevy to the test to see how quickly they could get the big truck with a tiny engine to sprint from 0 to 60. This is the only half-ton truck on the market powered by a four-cylinder engine, so many people have wondered how it will perform in such a large vehicle.
As we see in the video above from the TFLnow YouTube channel, the turbocharged four-cylinder Silverado moves out pretty well, but you need to push a few buttons to get the best performance numbers.
While some people may scoff at the idea of a half-ton truck with a four-cylinder engine, skeptics should focus more on the power numbers and less on the number of cylinders. The turbocharged 2.7-liter I4 in the new Silverado offers 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque, with that power being sent to the wheels by means of an 8-speed automatic transmission. For comparison, the 5.3-liter V8 in the 2013 Silverado offered 315 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque, so it wasn’t long ago that V8 engines were delivering similar power to the new Chevy turbo-four.
In the long run, this small engine was introduced for its ability to yield solid fuel economy numbers, but as the video above shows, it is far from slow.
0 to 60 Testing
In the video above, the team from TFLTruck tests the new Silverado 1500 with the turbocharged I4 in rear-wheel-drive mode, along with four-wheel-drive high and auto modes. The driver also makes runs with and without Sport mode, as well as running with and without traction control.
On the first run, the truck is in rear-drive mode, without Sport mode with traction control on, and it turns in a respectable 8.07. When he switches to four-wheel-drive with the hopes of better launch traction, the truck slows down to 8.62 seconds, at which point he switches to four-wheel-drive auto mode. This four-wheel-drive mode is a touch quicker, running an 8.29.
Next, he engages Sport mode, starting with the truck in rear-wheel-drive mode. Oddly, the Silverado takes 8.63 seconds, so it was significantly slower in Sport mode. At that point, he turns off traction control and he immediately learns that it launches with more engine speed, allowing the big Chevy to get to 60 in 7.85 seconds.
The test driver then switches to four-wheel-drive high with the traction control off and Sport mode engaged. This allows the hardest launch forces with the most engine speed, leading to a run of 7.84 seconds and on the final run, all of the settings are the same and on this attempt, the Silverado gets to 60 in 7.66 seconds.
So if you want to go drag racing with your 2019 Chevrolet Silverado with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine, you want to launch in four-wheel-drive high with Sport mode on and traction control off.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!