In addition to its prepared-for-anything Colorado ZR2 AEV concept, at the 2017 SEMA Show today, Chevrolet unveiled an off-road pickup built for use at a bit of a faster pace: the Colorado ZR2 Race Development Truck. Using the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 as a base, GM’s bow-tie division transformed the off-roader into a bona fide desert racer.
The list of upgrades to the stock Colorado ZR2 include:
- 1.5-inch body lift
- 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler MT/R tires
- Protective skidplates for the rear shocks and rear differential
- Steel driveshaft
- Wheel spacers and extended-length studs
- Off-road intake and performance exhaust system
That intake and exhaust combo helps the Colorado ZR2 Race Development Truck’s 3.6-liter LGZ gasoline V6 breathe a bit easier for greater performance, and all of these parts have been validated by Chevy Performance Engineering and off-road racing driver Chad Hall in the “Best in the Desert” racing series.
The race-ready truck is further outfitted with a Chevrolet Performance suspension, which leverages jounce shocks, plus specially-tuned DSSV dampers from Multimatic, at all four corners. It also incorporates plunging half-shafts in the front, high-angle upper ball joints, and high-angle tie rods with extra stiffness, along with a new rear differential cover, new anti-wrap link, and a longer-travel leaf spring suspension in the rear.
“Colorado has reignited the midsize segment with class-exclusive features and performance,” says GM’s US Vice President of Truck Strategy, Performance Vehicles, and Motorsports Jim Campbell. “Some customers want even greater capability, and the ZR2 AEV concept and ZR2 Race Development Truck showcase the efforts we’ve made to explore how owners can get even more from their trucks.
“Colorado can play any way you want. The work with AEV and Hall Racing acknowledges the strengths of our midsize platform, with both SEMA entries showcasing the versatility that’s already made Colorado a resounding success.”
The new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Race Development Truck is on display now at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, alongside the ZR2 AEV concept. Stay tuned for more from the SEMA Show floor.