There are very few vehicles out there that make you feel like you can take on the world. The new 2011 GMC Sierra Denali 2500 however is the exception to the rule. First off this sucker is made of pure testosterone with a side of viagra thrown in for good measure. It’s big, uber powerful, comfortable and at the end of the day will pull the flippin’ moon out of orbit if you can find a big enough tow chain. In short, this thing is just flat out cool. Here in beautiful Queens, NY a rig like this is as useless as tits on a bull, but if you happen to live in a place with some wide open spaces well then you could have some serious fun with this real life Tonka toy.
Just walking up to the GMC Sierra makes you wish you lived on a ranch somewhere in Texas or Montana. It’s aggressively styled and has a very powerful presence when parked amongst other vehicles. Step inside and you’re greeted to a very well appointed interior that makes you forget your actually about to take the helm of a vehicle that puts out an astounding 765 pound-feet of torque from its 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel.
Climb behind the wheel, crank the starter and the big diesel rumbles to life. The exhaust note is surprisingly subdued and the engine so refined that you’d swear it wasn’t a diesel, that is until you hit the go pedal. Did I mention it had 765 pound-feet of torque? The big pick-up handles as you’d expect, meaning that you’re not going to be railing this thing through corners or trying to catch Corvette’s in the twisties. The ride however is very comfortable, the handling is great (for what this is) and there are no surprises to speak of. In short this 7200 pound monster is actually a pleasure to drive.
Payload wise, when equipped with the Duramax diesel and Allison transmission, the 2011 GMC Sierra Denali is capable of towing 13,000 pounds with a standard ball hitch and a whopping 16,700 pounds if you use a gooseneck. Pretty impressive stuff if you ask me. The other thing about this truck is that it makes you feel like you could potentially climb over anything. I took it off-road and was trying to find some nasty terrain but alas, aside from a few fire roads there was really not much in my area.
Now we get to the bad part – the price. Keep in mind that this baby was completely optioned out with everything that GM could throw at it, however, that doesn’t change the fact that the $61,189.00 price tag almost made me gag. Yes I know it’s powerful and yes it’s more than capable of doing any job that you could throw at it, but truth be told at this price point, it’s more of a show piece than a real pick-up truck. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved this thing but at over 60k I’m thinking that GMC may just be getting a little carried away.