When the Ram 1500 TRX arrived on the scene, Ford's F-150 Raptor met its first genuine competitor from a Detroit automaker. Not ones to be left out of the fun, Chevrolet has just dropped a new teaser that confirms the long-rumored Silverado ZR2 is slated to make its official debut this fall.
The Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 has been the subject of many rumors since SEMA 2019, when Hall Racing showed off its Silverado 1500 race truck with some ZR2-inspired elements. Considering how well received the AEV-developed Colorado ZR2 has been, it seemed like a no-brainer that GM would follow-up with a proper half-ton variant. Recent prototypes spotted in both Detroit and Colorado only further hinted towards the project taking place behind the scenes. Well, Chevrolet has just confirmed these suspicions in a short teaser clip uploaded across social media. In the video, you can see the muddy underbody of a truck as it bangs its way across some rough terrain, before a pressure washer frees a ZR2 badge from its dirt-laden hiding place.
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Despite the not-so descriptive teaser, some information about the Silverado ZR2 has made its way to the surface. Muscle Cars & Trucks, citing unnamed sources, reported in September 2020 that the bigger ZR2 will arrive with next-generation Multimatic DSSV dampers, locking differentials at both axles, and upgraded front and rear facias for improved approach and departure angles. The publication further noted that power is expected to come from GM's 6.2-liter L87 V-8 engine, which will come mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Output is expected to remain at 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, which falls below both the F-150 Raptor's 450 hp and the Ram 1500 TRX's 702-hp rating. Recent prototype sightings also suggest that 35-inch off-road tires are going to arrive as standard equipment.
As the off-road segment continues to explode in popularity, a Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 could help GM to cement its position in the fray. If the truck is as good as its smaller stablemate, it will certainly be a welcomed addition by fans. We're going to have to wait until fall for more details, however.
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