Specifications of a Chevy Kodiak 6500by Rob Wagner
The Chevrolet Kodiak 6500 truck is a heavy-duty, multipurpose vehicle used for fifth-wheel for towing, winch work, or to support a cherry picker in the bed. Chevy offers the Kodiak as a chassis and cab, with the bed customized for specific work.
Under the Hood
Engine choices for the Chevrolet Kodiak depend on the model year and the type of work it performs. The 2006 Kodiak, for example, features a 6.6-liter V-8 engine generating 300 horsepower and 520 foot-pounds of torque. An Allison five-speed automatic transmission matches the engine, according to Truck Trend. The Kodiak also may be equipped with a 7.8-liter Isuzu in-line six-cylinder diesel engine developing 210 horsepower and up to 520 foot-pounds of torque. A six-speed manual transmission complements the diesel.
Size of the Kodiak varies with a wheelbase ranging from 169 inches to 206 inches. The 196-inch version features a total length of 246 inches, with the width measuring 95.8 inches and the height 91.2 inches. The Kodiak 6500, depending on its purpose, sits on 19.5 by 6.75-inch wheels with 225-707R19.5 tires.
All versions have a gross vehicle weight rating of 25,950 pounds. The front axle capacity rating is 8,000 pounds, while the rear axle is 19,000 pounds.
Rob Wagner is a journalist with over 35 years experience reporting and editing for newspapers and magazines. His experience ranges from legal affairs reporting to covering the Middle East. He served stints as a newspaper and magazine editor in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Wagner attended California State University, Los Angeles, and has a degree in journalism.