2023 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Bison Is the Ultimate Rock Crawler Pickup

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If, for some reason, you don't think the standard Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 has enough equipment to tackle your favorite trails, we have some great news. Chevy announced Tuesday it plans to offer an even more hardcore ZR2 trim for the 2023 model year, called the Bison. Like its smaller Colorado sibling, the Silverado ZR2 Bison gets a handful of off-road-ready upgrades to make it even more capable while away from the pavement.

The improvements come courtesy of American Expedition Vehicles, an aftermarket company known for building off-road equipment for domestic vehicles like the Silverado. On top of the great standard equipment that comes with the normal ZR2, Bison-trimmed trucks get specific steel bumpers, five under-truck steel skidplates, rocker panel protection, and 18-inch AEV-made wheels with 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory mud-terrain tires.

Under the hood of the ZR2 Bison sits a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V-8 making the same 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque as the normal truck. The fantastic Multimatic DSSV dampers are also retained, as are the front and rear locking differentials.

The improvements mean an approach angle of 32.5 degrees and a departure angle of 23.4 degrees, 0.7 degrees and 0.1 degrees better than the standard ZR2, respectively. Ground clearance remains the same at 11.2 inches.

The ZR2 Bison also gets a host of cosmetic changes to differentiate it from the standard truck, including a matte black finish tailgate and a handful of exclusive badges. Inside you'll get a bunch of AEV branding as well.

Chevy expects production of the Silverado ZR2 Bison to begin in early 2023. MSRP comes in at $78,490 including destination.

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