New Chevy Colorado ZR2 Is 450 HP Of Off-Road Fun

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As much power as an F-150 Raptor, in a far smaller package.

Say, you know what makes 450 horsepower and offers off-road thrills to spare? The Ford F-150 Raptor. You know what else? This supercharged Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 from Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.

Lingenfelter is well-known in the world of GM vehicle tuning, and this "Lingenfelter ZR2-L Edition" is their latest and greatest off-road-capable creation. It's built atop the four-wheel-drive Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 V6, making it a smaller, lighter, more maneuverable alternative to Ford's impressively sized Raptor. That also means your 450 horsepower goes further, although the ZR2-L's 377 lb-ft of torque is a trifle compared to the Raptor's mighty 510 lb-ft rating. Then again, it's less bulky of a truck.

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering

But that's alright. We know which one we'd rather have.

The Lingenfelter ZR2-L Edition gets its oomph from a 50-state-legal 1.7L TVS supercharger developed with Edelbrock, which packs a fully integrated intercooler, while breathing is aided by a dual-tip cat-back performance exhaust system. On top of that, a 1.5-inch suspension leveling kit is added to increase ground clearance, and 17-by-9-inch Lingenfelter wheels sit at all four corners, finished in black, bronze, or dark silver tint coat. Those wheels wear capable 275/70R17 General Grabber all-terrain tires.

In addition, the Lingenfelter-tuned Chevy Colorado ZR2 packs a host of functional and aesthetic options, like a tailgate spoiler, bumper-mounted LED trail lights, upgraded front tow hooks, and a sports bar with off-road lights.

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Lingenfelter Performance Engineering
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Lingenfelter and ZR2-L badging adorns the outside of the truck, and custom Lingenfelter hood and body-side graphics are available in several colors. Inside, Lingenfelter Edition embroidered headrests and a carbon-fiber embossed, leather-wrapped steering wheel spruce up the cabin.

Better than all that is the price tag: $15,499 installed. Figuring in the price of the base ZR2 at around $41,000 to start, that's a total of roughly $57,000 all-in. That's a bit more than the Ford F-150 Raptor's base MSRP, but depending on your definition of fun, it might just be worth the difference.

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering

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