The long-anticipated, all-new 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup truck — GM’s answer to the off-road-dominating Ford F-150 Raptor, Ram 2500 Power Wagon and Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro — is ready for dealership deliveries. In fact, the first trucks left the Wentzville, Mo., plant on Friday, shipping out to customers who got their orders in early. Those trucks should be getting into their hands no later than the middle of May.
The ZR2 is defined by its impressive use of the high-tech, self-adjusting Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve shock absorbers that can be both exceptionally soft or stiff depending on the conditions. Also noted in the past, this technology has been created and punishingly tested with top-level results in the world of Formula One racing. These shocks are the key piece — along with quite a few other technology improvements — in providing the truck’s off-road capabilities.
Other performance-enhancing changes to the ZR2 include a wider track, taller suspension, improved approach and departure angles, bigger wheels and tires, and front and rear locking differentials. Some have called the ZR2 GM’s downsized version of the Raptor.
The new ZR2 will be the first vehicle of its type to be offered with either a gas or diesel engine, and is designed to be one of the best factory 4x4s around. As you might expect, pricing for the new package comes at a premium, starting at just more than $40,000, but that’s still less expensive than Toyota’s Tacoma TRD Pro competitor, which starts at $41,920 plus destination.
One of the first Colorado ZR2s will be delivered to Chad Hall of Rod Hall Racing — among the winningest off-road racing families in the history of the sport — so his crew can outfit the truck for the Best in the Desert racing series. Its first race will be the General Tire Vegas to Reno event Aug. 16-19, scheduled to be broadcast by Fox TV.
Mai 2. 2017.