Is GM finally ready to take on the Raptor and TRX?
Up until now, General Motors has not felt the need to challenge the Ford F-150 Raptor or Ram 1500 TRX with a hardcore off-road truck of its own. The Trail Boss was the most aggressive 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 variant available, and it only competes with lesser Ford and Ram packages like the Tremor and Rebel. Chevy fans may have thought all hope was lost, but it looks like GM is finally ready to challenge with its own dedicated performance off-road truck.
Chevy just posted a teaser on its social media accounts, confirming the expansion of the ZR2 trim to the Silverado. The "ZR2" name currently appears on the smaller Colorado, where it's also available in a more durable Bison variant with modifications from American Expedition Vehicles.
The teaser is brief (just 15 seconds) but it shows a taste of what we can expect from the Silverado ZR2. This truck will ride on pretty aggressive wheels wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler tires. It's difficult to tell from the short video, but we expect the ZR2 to have a raised ride height compared to a standard Silverado. The trailer shows the truck driving at high speeds and kicking mud up into the fenders. Chevy adds the caption, "Celebrating those who love the mud. Tune in this fall to see what's new from Silverado."
Chevy did not confirm which engine will power the ZR2, but the exhaust note in the video hints towards GM's ubiquitous 6.2-liter V8 producing 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. If so, the ZR2 will still be down on power compared to the F-150 Raptor (450 hp) and the Ram TRX (702 hp). There's no evidence of supercharger whine in the teaser, but perhaps Chevy could go all-out by dropping the LT4 engine in a future ZR2 Bison variant. We look forward to seeing the Silverado ZR2 later this year.