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Chevy Is Finally Ready To Share The Secrets

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
Image copyright Steven Pham, Muscle Cars & Trucks

MC&T has been trickling details of the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 well, well before the official channels were ready to open up. But today, Chevy breaks the silence with a quick, 15-second teaser video. The video, which you can see below, depicts the ZR2 getting nice and dirty in a muddy field, layered over with the rumble of a small block V8 – the 6.2L L87 to be sure.

While the teaser video had them covered in mud, the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 is expected to feature a set of the latest Multimatic DSSV dampers that help provide maximum control at both low and high speed events, such as rock crawling and baja racing, respectively. The Silverado ZR2 will also feature superior approach and departure angles from the Silverado Trail Boss. This is due to the elimination of a front air dam, and bumper cutouts for more tire contact. In other words, pretty much everything you see on today’s Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, except in a full-sized, V8-powered package. MC&T first reported on these details last year.

The 2022 model year – or 2022i model year if you prefer to be more accurate – Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 is going to be a unique offering in the now hotly-contested off-road pickup truck segment. Why? Because its off-road capabilities are expected to exceed most of the specs from the Ford F-150 Tremor and Ram 1500 Rebel. However, it won’t have anything under the hood akin to the fire-breathing Hellcat V8 found in the Ram 1500 TRX, nor will it have the 510 lb-ft of torque found in the EcoBoost V6 of the 2021 F-150 Raptor. And, as MC&T has reported time and again, there are no plans for General Motors to utilize any of its supercharged V8 engines for the Chevrolet Silverado ZR2.

However, something in the works with American Expedition Vehicles may be another story…

2022 2023 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Rendering
Photo copyright Matheus Pach, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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