Chevrolet’s Colorado ZR2 pickup is getting some sweet new parts made specifically for desert racing.
If you’re in the market for an extreme midsize pickup, there’s basically only one option in North America, and that’s the Chevy Colorado ZR2. It’s got power thanks to a standard 3.6-L V6 or an optional 2.8-L Duramax turbodiesel. It has durability thanks to a smooth-driving magnetic suspension and Multimatic DSSV dampers. And now it has the option to push both those factors to the extreme thanks to 15 brand new parts from Chevrolet Performance.
Built in collaboration with Multimatic and Hall Racing, these components have been tested over 10,000 miles in extreme off-road racing. Throughout 2017 and 2018, off-road driver Chad Hall used a custom Colorado ZR2 equipped with these items to compete in the "Best In The Desert" series and do a pre-run for the Baja 1000.
Chevy didn’t say if Hall won the Best in the Desert series, but they did say he completed every mile, and that’s already a victory.
So what are these new parts? Well, you’ve got your choice of so many suspension and off-road upgrades it’ll make your head spin.
There’s a brand new 1.5-inch lift kit available for $937.50, or a 1.25-inch lift kit with a high angle upper control arm ball joint system for $562.50. There are also a set of front and rear long-travel DSSV shocks from Multimatic that have 15% longer travel than the current DSSV shocks the ZR2 comes with and will be a surefire improvement for off-roading. Those are a tad pricey at $4,187.50 for the front, $4,000 for the rear.
You can also get a long travel leaf spring system to go with your long-travel shocks for an additional $3312.50 charge, and get a rear differential cover for $687.50. An extra-strength steel driveshaft is available for an extra $518.75.
“Off-road racing is a brutal test of a vehicle, and especially its suspension components,” said Mark Dickens, executive director for Chevrolet Performance Parts and Motorsports. “Over two years, Chad mercilessly pushed these ZR2 parts to the limit for the ultimate in development and validation.
“After seeing the success of the Colorado ZR2, customers have been hounding Chad for help building their own ‘Hall Racing ZR2,’” Dickens continued. “For the first time, you can buy the same Chevy Performance Parts that raced and won in the desert. All you need to add is the required safety equipment to build a pre-runner for scouting the Baja 1000 or a full-blown race truck capable of competing in the race itself.”
A few items still don’t have price tags, but you can see the theme here of being pretty expensive. But then again, this is to make a desert-ready racer. It was never going to be cheap.
You can get the whole list of available parts for the ZR2 over at Chevrolet’s website.