Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extreme Off-Road Concept: SEMA 2021

The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extreme Off-Road Concept pickup truck was displayed at the SEMA 2021 auto show. It takes the Chevy Colorado and upgrades it in just about any way you can imagine. MuscleCarsAndTrucks first reported the many upgrades this truck has, and all of them are official accessories. This off-road animal proves what a standard Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 can transform into using Chevrolet Performance parts and accessories.

What engine does the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extreme Off-Road Concept have?

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The truck uses a 3.6-liter V6 capable of producing up to 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle also has a Chevrolet Performance cold air intake and an exhaust upgrade with a polished tip. For another $4,482.24, it comes with ball spline half-shafts. “Half shafts provide improved articulation while reducing feedback forces through the steering system during hard cornering and off-road events,” according to Chevrolet Performance.

The final upgrades to the Colorado’s drivetrain are a steel driveshaft cover, a rear differential cover, and an axle anti-wrap link system. Each of these upgrades helps the Colorado ZR2 to be more durable, driveable, and all-around better in off-road conditions. Chevrolet Performance’s many upgrades like these ensure the pickup truck can traverse any terrain. Get ready to take on the mountain, forest, or desert in the pickup truck of which you’ve always dreamed.

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extreme Off-Road Concept is lifted

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2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extreme Off-Road Concept | Chevrolet

The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extreme Off-Road Concept also comes with a 1.5-inch lift system. The lift gives it more ground clearance and allows it to perform better off-road without bottoming out. In addition, it has a leveling kit, tie rod sleeves, high-angle upper control arms, long-travel rear leaf springs, jounce shocks front and rear, and new front and rear long travel Multimatic DSSV dampers.

Unfortunately, one thing Chevrolet Performance did not upgrade is the tires. The 31-inch tires are fine, but they’re only just fine. Larger tires and fenders could add a lot to the look of the truck and the performance as well. After all, what’s a lifted truck without comically large tires to support it?

What else does it have?

To cap off the long list of Chevy Performance accessories on the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extreme Off-Road Concept, we’ve got lights and protection. Recovery hooks, a Baja design off-road 30-inch light bar, Baja design sport lamps, and crew cab rocker panels have you ready to leave the road. More extensive and brighter lights ensure even the night sky can’t keep drivers from their off-road destination, wherever it might be. Rocker panels protect the truck from off-road terrain and can handle more impact than a standard ZR2 would.

The concept truck is made up entirely of genuine parts and accessories from Chevrolet Performance. That means owners of a standard 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 could purchase everything needed to assemble this off-road beast. As MuscleCarsAndTrucks first reported, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extreme Off-Road Concept does well to demonstrate the capability of Chevrolet Performance.

What is SEMA 2021?

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SEMA is an automotive show at the Las Vegas Convention Center that brings together manufacturers and buyers from all industry segments. Manufacturers with hot rods, off-roaders, electronics, and even collision repair specialists show off their body of work. The convention is an excellent time for well-known vehicles, like the Chevrolet Colorado, to show off with the brand’s many functional accessories.

Sometimes, seeing a fully customized off-road beast like the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extreme Off-Road Concept is everything a customer needs for inspiration. Anyone can buy random parts and put them on a truck. Seeing the concept, getting a vision, then making it happen is much easier. SEMA 2021 is the perfect place for automakers to show off vehicles like the Colorado ZR2 Extreme Off-Road Concept.

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