Own a Chevrolet Colorado? Have you dreamed of turning it into an off-roader just like the Ranger Raptor? Now you can, if you live in the US, that is.
Chevy Performance has released 15 new upgrades to the Colorado pickup, which they say have been developed from off-road, point to point racing. With these parts, you can turn the Colorado from a workhorse to a sand dune buster, for a pretty penny. But before you can put on these mods, you must have a Colorado ZR2 first, which sadly isn't available here.
As it is, the standard Colorado ZR2 is already two inches higher off the ground than the run of the mill models. With the Chevy Performance suspension, that goes up another inch, meaning more suspension travel and a higher wading capacity. Long travel shocks can also be installed on the pick-up for high-speed dirt trials. Even the rear leaf springs can be upgraded to more heavy duty units to maintain a smooth ride off-road.
There are loads more mods that can be fitted to the Colorado ZR2. There's the High Angle Upper Control Arm Ball Joint System, which alters helps the front suspension be more flexible, along with a driveshaft made out of thicker steel to withstand more abuse. If all parts were to be placed in the pick-up, Chevrolet says that the standard Colorado ZR2 is essentially a roll-cage away from being a full competition truck, sans the tuned engine.
Two engine options are available in the Colorado ZR2 and it also powers the Chevy Performance versions as well. It starts with the familiar 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel. Over in the US, it makes less power than the ones found here meaning, 186 PS instead of the full 200 PS. Torque is still retained at 500 Nm. For those who want more power, there's also the 3.6-liter V6 and that makes 308 PS, substantially more than the diesel. Torque however is less in the gas-fed engine at 373 Nm. Both shift via a six-speed automatic transmission.