Chevrolet’s off-road-focused mid-size truck, the Colorado ZR2, was built for grueling, rugged situations like the sort you might encounter in the all-female Rebelle Rally (website). That event, which covers more than 1,200 miles of desert in Nevada and California, puts an emphasis on expert-level navigation using compasses and maps rather than all-out speed, but it still introduces competing vehicles to relentless sand, silt, rocks, and steep dunes over the course of seven days of competition.
So, Roadshow Reviews Editor Emme Hall and her chosen navigator, Rebecca Donaghe, signed up for this year’s Rebelle Rally to test the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2‘s mettle against a truly torturous test. Their strategy was to book it between checkpoints, going as fast as they legally could, to allow Donaghe maximum time at each checkpoint to take headings and carefully plot a course to the next one.
That strategy worked out rather brilliantly for the team. What worked out less brilliantly, however, is when Hall hit a couple of rocks along the way, creating a differential fluid leak that forced the Roadshow staffer to use 2WD for much of the remainder of the event. All-in-all, that didn’t turn out to be such a ruinous impediment; Hall and Donaghe managed a third-place finish, and might well have fared even better if they’d opted for the 3.6L petrol V6 instead of the 2.8L diesel.
We can’t wait to see how Emme Hall and Rebecca Donaghe finish in next year’s Rebelle Rally.