2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain Concept: Basically The Thing, But a Truck
Spoilers for a 35-year-old movie incoming.
There is a scene in John Carpenter’s The Thing where the titular thing—an alien being capable of perfectly replicating any living being it chooses—is discovered in the midst of assimilating of one of the characters. The human (and, perhaps, covertly non-human) inhabitants of the Antarctic research station chase the half-transformed Bennings-thing into the snow, where it lifts its arms—still hideously misshapen and alien—into the air and emits a terrifying, inhuman cry before being burned to death by Kurt Russell.
Just in case you haven’t seen it (and if you haven’t, you should, because it’s a wonderful film), here’s the scene in question:
Now, what does this have to do with the 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain concept, which is debuting this week at Vail Mountain in Colorado? Well, being rather frank, the thing looks very much like an alien would look like if it were caught halfway through the process assimilating into the form of a heavy-duty pickup. Then, instead of just killing it with fire, the researchers decided it would just be kind of rad to tool around in the snow in.
The ThinGMC features Mattracks 150 Series Tracks in place of wheels, each finished with GMC Red and ideal for shredding on snow. To amplify the whole snow warrior look, the Sierra All Mountain concept, which is based on a GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali 4WD Crew Cab, gets Tule snowboard racks and accessories, an Advantage soft roll-up tonneau cover, RIGID E-Series 30-inch Light Bar, LED lighting for the wheel wells and underbody, and rad bodyside graphics. And to ensure that it’s actually up to the task of adventure, it’s powered by a Duramax 6.6-liter Turbo Diesel mated to an Allison 1000 six-speed automatic, generating 445 horsepower and an obscene—almost out of this world—910 lb-ft of torque.
“With GMC’s focus on premium capability and design, we wanted to ensure that this concept took these signature attributes to an entirely new level,” said Carl Zipfel, GMC exterior designer. “The Sierra All Mountain concept Mattracks technology enables the truck to conquer uncharted territory while highlighting premium interior features such as Bose speakers and upscale leather treatments.”
The 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain concept will just be there hanging out at Vail Mountain throughout the winter as part of GMC’s recently-announced partnership with Vail Resorts. GMC will also have an additional presence throughout the Town of Vail in the form of displays, courtesy vehicles, and special events. Like The Thing, GMC is slowly taking over in Vail. Next: the world.