It's based on a Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.
There is never a dull day for Jay Leno. In his popular car show Jay Leno's Garage, the former talk show host gets to indulge his passion for cars, driving everything from the new luxury Mercedes EQS to a Tesla-powered Porsche, which Jay Leno hailed as the "one of the best electric cars" he had ever driven.
You never know what will roll up in Jay Leno's Garage next, but you probably didn't expect to see Jay Leno drive a Defense Infantry Squad Vehicle (DISV) built for the military by General Motors in the latest episode.
Obviously, there are a few features Jay Leno is not allowed to talk about since it's used by the military, but he was allowed to take it for a spin around a secret test facility. As Steve Dumont, President of GM Defense, explains, the DISV is based on a Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, an off-road capable pickup that met the requirements of the US army.
It weighs 5,000 pounds and is powered by a 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Some modifications were made, but 90 percent of the components are "commercial off-the-shelf." For military use, the DISV can survive a 1,800-foot drop from the back of a C-130 carrier plane.
Lifting points at the front and back also enable the DISV to be "sling loaded" onto a Blackhawk helicopter to quickly deploy troops into the battlefield. It can also fit inside a Boeing CH-47 Chinook tandem rotor helicopter along with nine infantry troops.
After being extensively tested, this particular DISV will be sent to the 82nd Airborne Division. When it's time to get behind the wheel, Jay Leno found the DISV "a lot of fun to drive" and couldn't resist doing some donuts in the military truck. An advanced Rollover Protection System also prevents it from flipping over. In fact, he loves it so much he wishes GM would build a civilian version because he thinks it's the "ultimate dune buggy."