The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 was originally shown as a concept vehicle at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The design and capabilities of the pickup have come a long way since then, and now the off-road model is taking part in one of the most grueling off-road races in the United States. The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 took part in Vegas to Reno, a one-day race designed to test the limits of off-road vehicles.
The modified 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 sees several changes, but the powertrain remains the same. The standard 3.6-liter V6 engine comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and delivers 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque.
Modifications largely come in the name of safety. New racing lights, two-way radios, racing seats with safety harnesses, a roll cage, and GPS were added to the off-road truck. The Colorado ZR2 also saw the addition of a 44-gallon fuel tank that allowed it to traverse the 550-mile course.
For Chevrolet, the race was an opportunity to test performance parts for the standard Chevrolet Colorado and Colorado ZR2. The current ZR2 features a two-inch lift, flared fenders, and off-road tires that offer a more rugged appearance than the standard model.
We here at Carl Hogan Automotive are pumped to see Chevrolet continuing to develop the Colorado midsize pickup.