Right here in Missouri, there are plenty of spots for off-road enthusiasts, and the days when fall looms in the future are some of the truly golden moments of the year. The days are still warm but not scorching, and each dirt trail you encounter is a chance for you to capture killer YouTube Footage with a GoPro, get fresh air with friends, and put your high-powered rig to the test. Not just for work and hauling, Chevy trucks are the perfect tool for the hours during which you can play, and the Colorado ZR2 has a hefty lineup in the very near future.
Selected to run in the 550-mile “Vegas to Reno” race, the production class pickup is running the stock 3.6-liter V6 engine, with shifting duties handled by an 8-speed automatic tranny. The suspension features a setup that has the unique spool guiding the Colorado through so many treacherous rides, and makes sure the driver can engage the next winding turn with ease. Featuring a roll bar and 44-gallon tank for the distance, Chevy says they are using the opportunity this event presents to test out a few new accessories, but has not yet announced what they will be.
In another continent far, far away, the truck we love to offer on the lot so much is being groomed for a very unique jaunt. The SuperUtes is launching in the outback regions of Australia next year, and Chevy has dibs on being one of the main suppliers of vehicles for the action. An 8-round schedule includes the Bathurst 1000, and the currently proposed calendar kicks off during the exciting and action-packed Supercars opening Adelaide 500. Some of the requirements for this race are that the used vehicles must be production based dual-twin cab setup, with rear wheel drive, and also have a manufacturer Turbo diesel engine.
An all-in price hovering around $100,000 per truck is the goal, and the Colorado ZR2 was deemed by Car and Driver as a model to “Take abuse with a shrug” and a “Potent crawler” when it comes to rocks and off-road challenges. For all of their use in the off-road division, the spool-valve dampers actually have the ability to perform at nearly their best capacity on pavement, which will help greatly if you want to remain stable and composed, while still being wholeheartedly at the wheel of a mean contender for rock-and-desert glory. As the cooler season approaches, let the sales and service staff at Jim Butler show you the many benefits of the Colorado ZR2: a high-performing vehicle that will curb your desire to drift over rock and river with the fervor of a well-versed journeyman!