Chevy Silverado ZR2 Off-Road Racer Concept Revealed In Australia1
Earlier this year, GM Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) announced that the Chevy Silverado ZR2 would be offered in Australia and New Zealand as a 2023 model-year vehicle. Now, GMSV has released an Australian-developed off-road racer concept based on the ZR2 as a promotional tool for the upcoming launch.
Created by Chevrolet Racing, which is the racing body of GMSV, the Chevy Silverado ZR2 Off-Road Racer Concept features racing-specific equipment, including:
- Full national spec roll cage
- Racetech seats and harnesses
- 35X12.50R18LT Toyo Open Country M/T tires
- ZR2 Multimatic DSSV Shock absorbers (re-tuned for off road racing)
- Chevrolet Performance exhaust
- Chevrolet Performance air intake
- Chevrolet Performance heavy duty driveshaft
- AEV Bison underbody protection
“The Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 will be a new model to the GMSV line-up for MY23 and will deliver next-level off-road capability direct from the factory – making it the perfect platform for this latest announcement from Chevrolet Racing,” said Tim Price, planning, network and motorsport director of GMSV Australia.
For readers who may be unaware, GMSV serves as GM’s Oceanic outlet, and currently sells right-hand-drive converted Silverado 1500 and Silverado HD models. Additionally, GMSV sells the C8 Corvette, built in RHD configuration directly at the GM Bowling Green factory in Kentucky.
For Australia and New Zealand, the upcoming Silverado ZR2 will replace the pre-refresh Silverado LT Trail Boss trim level that’s currently sold there. This means that the Oceanic Chevy Silverado 1500 lineup will consist of the luxurious LTZ trim and the off-roading ZR2.
Regardless of trim level, the trucks are sold exclusively with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine. The sole transmission option is the GM 10-speed automatic transmission, while a full-time 4WD system is equipped as standard.
As a Silverado ZR2, the GMSV pickup comes equipped with a unique front fascia, a steel bumper with removable end caps, Multimatic DSSV dampers, 33-inch off-road tires and underbody skid plates.
Pricing for the 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 in Australia and New Zealand has not yet been announced. Interested customers can register to receive email updates on the ZR2’s local arrival via GMSV’s website.
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Leave it to the Aussies to produce something that GM should be doing on American soil. Like the Pontiac G8 (and later, Chevy SS), they will probably let Australia build it the right way, then will hopefully ship it back here for buyers to take advantage of. It’s a damn nice looking Silverado! Now if they’d just put a diesel back into the Colorado ZR2/Canyon AT4X. I hoped they were axing the 2.8 Duramax and looking into how to fit the 3.0 Duramax into the Colorado/Canyon.