DRIVEN: 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is hardcore, comfy


Several years ago we had a event to float with a mythological Ivan “Iron Man” Stewart in his prize lorry on a apportionment of a Baja 500 off-road foe track in Mexico.

Trophy trucks, like NASCAR batch cars, might somewhat resemble prolongation vehicles though underneath a skin they are not even remotely similar.

Both have tube-frame chassis, full hurl cages, intensely absolute V8 engines, beast brakes and really special suspensions.

I was reminded of that Trophy Truck float in a dried while during a circle of a 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.

The strongest memory of Stewart thrashing that foe lorry over terrible turf was a ability to catch outrageous bumps. At one indicate we went airborne for what seemed like 100 metres.

As we were entrance behind down, we braced for a impact — though there wasn’t one. The large lorry simply engrossed a impact, literally. It was as if we landed on a hulk pillow.

Credit prolonged transport cessation and some flattering worldly startle absorber technology.

Fast brazen to a open of 2018. The Colorado ZR2 displays a identical ability to giggle off severe stuff. Peek underneath a circle wells and we will see a strange-looking yellow startle absorber, solely it does not demeanour like a normal startle absorber.

It appears to have a second cartridge or tube trustworthy to a categorical body. The tag says Multimatic DSSV Position Sensitive Spool Valve Damping.

Multimatic is an Ontario-based motorsport engineering organisation with tighten ties to a automotive community. So close, Ford entrusted Multimatic to rise and furnish a GT street/race car.

These worldly startle absorbers change a upsurge of a hydraulic liquid inside in genuine time, altering a application and miscarry damping on a fly.

The ones on a Colorado ZR2 yield 6 opposite damping curves for a front cessation and 4 during a rear, instead of a singular one on required shocks.

The bottom line is that these pretence shocks yield a good far-reaching operation of application and miscarry rates via a operation of a prolonged transport cessation singular to a ZR2.

They catch bumps like no other and yield glorious on-road float and physique fortitude as good as well-developed off-road capability.

The Colorado ZR2’s worldly Multimatic dampers can also be found underneath some of a world’s many costly and worshiped cars — like a Aston Martin One-77. (RICHARD RUSSELL)

The worldly Multimatic dampers can also be found underneath some of a world’s many costly and worshiped cars — like a Aston Martin One-77. The record is used in Formula One, LeMans and Indycar racing.

If it seems we have spent an lavish volume of time and difference on startle absorbers, we are right.

But they are a singular underline that creates a ZR2 singular among Colorados. That, and combined height.

What we have here is a world’s largest convene automobile — a jacked-up lorry with all a mods required for critical off-road competition, or an adult fondle of a top order.

Thanks to MultiMatic, a ZR2 is only as happy crawling around a hilly rivulet bed, rocketing down a behind highway route — or cruising down a highway.

Other modifications to a ZR2 include:

  • A five-centimetre aloft float tallness (getting in can be a chore)
  • Front and behind marks have been widened by 9 centimetres
  • Electronic locking differentials front and rear
  • Strengthened control arms
  • Numerous movement plates to revoke repairs from rocks and other objects
  • Modified bumpers during both ends for improved clearance
  • A reduce final expostulate ratio

The ZR2 also comes with active draw to assistance we align a trailer carrying your other toys.

In further to a additional height, visible clues imprinting a ZR2 embody a singular griddle and hood, black trim and 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 31-inch high Goodyear off-road tires.

Other than that, this is a Chevrolet Colorado, a mid-size (but still flattering big) pickup. It is accessible with a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel or a 3.6-litre V6.

The exam section had a latter and it supposing some-more than adequate punch for this 4,400 bruise truck.

The organisation cab physique character means lots of newcomer room though a sincerely tiny (five-foot, two-inch) load box.

A longer box is accessible with a extended cab version, though comes during a cost of behind chair room.

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is a singular multiple of hardcore off-roader and comfy on-road pickup . . . interjection to some Canadian engineering.

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is a singular multiple of hardcore off-roader and comfy on-road pickup. (RICHARD RUSSELL)

The specs

  • Model: 2018 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Crew cab ZR2
  • Engine: 3.6-litre, V6, 308 horsepower, 275 lb.-ft. of torque, unchanging fuel
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
  • NRCan rating (litres/100km city/highway): 15.7/18.0
  • Length: 5,403 mm
  • Width: 1,866 mm
  • Wheelbase: 3,258 mm
  • Weight: 2,004 kg
  • Price: $46,260, $52,805 as tested, including freight
  • Options on exam vehicle: Kinetic Blue paint, $495; Premium interior package, $1,140; Cat-back opening empty system, $1,745; load area lamps, $325; Black Bowtie button package, $260; Bose reward audio system, $685

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