There's no replacement for a supercharged V8.
America's appetite for trucks never seems to slow down, even when we're faced with global pandemics and supply chain backlogs. Not only are your run-of-the-mill work trucks selling in great numbers, but specialized off-road trucks and super trucks are also selling in high numbers, and the Chevrolet Colorado is one of them. Demand for the Chevy Colorado Trail Boss is out of control, and now demand is likely to increase even further thanks to the insane ZR2 Xtreme Off-Road package from Specialty Vehicle Engineering. This package from SVE does away with the standard V6 petrol or turbo diesel engine in the Colorado ZR2, and dumps a big supercharged V8 engine under the hood.
This balls-to-the-wall package turns the capable but not necessarily quick Colorado ZR2 truck into a full-blown Ram 1500 TRX competitor. In base configuration, the ZR2 truck features a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, or you can go with a 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel with 181 hp and 369 lb-ft. Many customers have complained about the Colorado's lack of power, and this is exactly what the SVE package addresses.
The ZR2 Xtreme Off-Road package introduces a 5.3-liter supercharged V8 engine from the GMC Canyon-based SVE Syclone. The total power output is raised to 750 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. To handle all that power, the engine is fitted with hardened parts such as a blueprinted L83 aluminum block with a race-quality rotating assembly, CNC ported L83 high flow cylinder heads with ARP high-strength head and main studs, forged H-beam rods, a forged 1538 MV twisted steel crankshaft, and forged aluminum pistons.
To fuel and keep this beast cool, SVE has also added a bigger fuel pump and fuel injectors, and an air-to-water intercooler system. To transfer that level of power takes a serious driveline, and SVE has made sure that the transmission, transfer case, and driveshafts have all been suitably upgraded.
To match its extreme performance, the 2022 SVE Chevrolet Colorado Xtreme Off-Road package gets a unique exterior styling update that includes a BDS four-inch high clearance lift system, Xtreme graphics down the sides of the rear quarter panels, red or black six-piston front brake calipers, and large beadlock-capable wheels. Inside, the SVE-tuned Colorado is offered with a leather seat package. SVE plans on building 50 of these special super trucks, but is yet to announce pricing.