How does a Silverado ZR2 sound?
Pretty much since the original Ford SVT Raptor launched for 2010, GM fans have been wondering when it would be their turn. As it stands, the most off-road-oriented factory version of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 available is the Trail Boss, which builds on the Z71's overlanding prowess with a two-inch lift, Rancho dampers, locking rear differential, skid plates, and standard 32-inch mud-terrain tires. It's a terrific package, but it doesn't have quite the same zing as Ford's more exciting, potent high-speed off-roader.
Now, GM could have something in the works to properly challenge Ford's Raptor: a Chevrolet Silverado ZR2.
That's according to Muscle Cars & Trucks, which reports that the Silverado ZR2 was originally planned to launch next year as a 2022 model, but like the Silverado's mid-cycle refresh, it was delayed by the global pandemic. It's expected to ride on Multimatic's race-proven Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve - or "DSSV" - dampers, with electronic locking front and rear differentials, and redesigned bumpers for better approach and departure angles than any other truck in the Silverado lineup.
The bad news: the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 likely won't be quite the high-powered Raptor-fighter some fans are expecting, falling back on GM's stout 420-horsepower L87 V8 engine at the top of the range. That's not an unimpressive amount of power, but it's less than even the current Raptor's 450 hp, let alone the Ram 1500 TRX's 702.
And if there's one thing stopping GM from going for broke with a supercharged pushrod V8 in the Silverado ZR2, it's likely the company's own self-imposed commitment to a future with "zero emissions". Never mind the fact that all the cool kids are doing it; General Motors is keenly aware that promoting a pure-electric future and at the same time launching a new full-size pickup with a supercharged V8 isn't the best look.
Of course, there's always the automotive aftermarket.