First impressions rarely tell the whole story. This 2006 Chevy Colorado is a great example – the bright red paint, custom lighting, and aggressive body pieces certainly suggest this thing is packing some heat. Then you see the ZR1 badge. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find a supercharged LS9 paired with two big bottle of nitrous, as seen in the following feature video.
Once again coming to us from the folks at AutotopiaLA, the video is a little under 27 minutes long, and includes some background info on the truck, some of the highlight components, and some driving action on the street as well.
This Chevy Colorado belongs to Izzy from Izzy Performance, where he and his crew offer go-fast services and tuning. Izzy originally purchased this Colorado half-done, but now, this thing is ready to rip, and looks pretty good while doing so.
“The motor was already in the truck and some other stuff, and a lot of stuff didn’t work right, so that’s the reason he sold the truck to me,” Izzy explains. “I just got it in my hands and made it a badass little truck.”
To that end, this Chevy Colorado cradles the supercharged 6.2L V8 LS9 gasoline engine. For those readers who may be unaware, the LS9 is the same powerplant found under the hood of sixth-generation Chevy Corvette ZR1. In stock guise, the LS9 produces an estimated 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque, but in this particular configuration, complete with upgrades, it’s putting 890 horsepower to the rear wheels, as measured on a Dynojet. As if that wasn’t enough, Izzy added some nitrous to the mix as well, which ups output to over 1,000 horsepower. All that go is sent rearwards through a fully built 4L80 transmission and Ford nine-inch rear end.
Crazy enough, this thing is still comfortable and reliable enough to daily drive. The air conditioning works, the seats are supportive, and the exhaust doesn’t drone. The onboard computer will also self-adjust to whatever fuel is in the tank.
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