Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 SEMA idea goes full overland



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The Chevy Colorado celebrates its third birthday with a really spectacular idea automobile, the ZR2 AEV idea, simply unveiled on the annual SEMA Present. On the core of this idea is an all-new suspension and efficiency off-road components bundle that Chevy has been growing in-house and with the assistance of Rod Corridor Racing. They’ve been testing these components on a ZR2 Racing Improvement truck, in addition to within the Better of the Desert races in a custom-built Rod Corridor Racing ZR2.

These new components embrace: prop shaft, jockey shocks, leaf spring pack, rock sliders, rear diff skid plate, rear shock mount sliders, lengthy journey DSSV coilovers, tie-rods, ball joints, rear diff cowl, anti-wrap hyperlink and extra. Whereas these components are nonetheless within the improvement stage, demand ought to drive them to market quickly — they’re OEM-quality components that bolt on and nonetheless retain all manufacturing facility automobile warranties. With the typical Colorado rolling off supplier heaps with $600-plus price of equipment already, these efficiency components choices ought to assist increase Chevy’s backside line.

Chevy invited a handful of truck and off-road journalists to expertise these ZR2 enhancements firsthand, with a back-to-back ride-along in a inventory ZR2 and within the Rod Corridor Racing ZR2. Each vans had been amazingly succesful at excessive pace by the tough desert terrain surrounding Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Nation Membership in Pahrump, Nevada. The inventory ZR2 was spectacular on this setting, however the race truck actually showcased the brand new components. The Rod Corridor Racing ZR2, with its enhanced suspension and efficiency components, supplied an especially plush journey and was capable of deal with sustained excessive speeds by massive off-road obstacles/occasions.

Whereas the Chevy Efficiency components assist, it’s AEV (American Expedition Automobiles) that refined the whole bundle for off-road and overland fanatics. The corporate is well-known for its high-quality Jeep and Ram merchandise and builds, however hasn’t stepped exterior the Chrysler area with its choices till now.

On this idea automobile, AEV has executed its full off-road remedy. This consists of entrance and rear off-road bumpers, full underbody skid safety, expedition mattress rack, excessive clearance fender flares and a high-rise snorkel. It’s completed off with AEV DualSport beadlock wheels wrapped in 35-inch BFG KM2 tires.

Including to the bundle are high quality LED auxiliary lighting, an ARB fridge/freeze, Alu-Field aluminum storage containers, NATO jerrycans and a James Baroud awning. Since restoration is vital for such a succesful automobile, it has additionally been outfitted with a Warn winch, Hello-Raise jack, restoration shackles and MAXTRAX.

In three years of manufacturing, the Colorado has offered over 250,000 models within the U.S. alone and holds a 25 % share of the market. We hope to see this idea truck discover its strategy to manufacturing — and shortly.


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