Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison Becomes Even More Hardcore

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Sure, the Colorado ZR2 Bison is great. But why stop there?

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison has been a home run for GM. Based on the factory off-road-ready Colorado ZR2 and designed with the participation of the legendary American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) out of Wixom, Michigan, the Bison is essentially a ZR2 on mild steroids, boasting rugged steel bumpers front and rear, front winch mounting provisions, AEV-designed wheels and fender flares, and hot-stamped boron steel skid plates protecting the differentials, transfer case, oil pan, and fuel tank, among other goodies.

The cost for all that specialty content is a not-unreasonable $5,750 atop the $42k Colorado ZR2's starting MSRP, and it should prove more than adequate for 99 percent of off-roaders. But what if you need a little bit extra?

American Expedition Vehicles
American Expedition Vehicles
American Expedition Vehicles

It turns out that American Expedition Vehicles will be more than happy to upgrade your factory Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison, although at a substantial cost.

The company has priced the AEV Colorado ZR2 Bison package at a steep $11,949 to start, on top of the price of the donor ZR2 Bison from the factory, although looking over the list of standard equipment, you get a lot for the money. The adventure-ready truck package includes a 4.10:1 differential gear upgrade for increased wheel torque, AEV Crestone Onyx DualSport wheels wrapped in meaty 35-inch BFGoodrich tires, and a suspension leveling kit and tie rod sleeve kit from the GM Performance parts catalog.

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American Expedition Vehicles
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What's more, the truck's appearance is enhanced with exclusive AEV branding throughout, an AEV instrument cluster, and AEV HighMark fender flares to protect the sheet metal from bumps and bruises. The kit also features an AEV build plaque, an in-house-designed low tube center section, rear differential skid plate, and even a speedometer recalibration to account for the larger tires. Best of all, it's all covered by AEV's Limited Lifetime Warranty.

If you need even more off-roading gear, an AEV intake snorkel ($859), winch package ($2,313), and transmission skid plate ($399) are among the available options.

An AEV-modified Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison doesn't come cheap; at roughly $60,000, it might well be the most expensive mid-size truck you ever buy. But if you're the sort who needs to be prepared for anything the trail might throw at you, and beyond, it may be money well-spent.

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