Over the past few years, automakers have started to show a bit more love to the off-roading crowd. All three of Detroit’s automakers now offer a dedicated off-road pickup truck in their lineup, which is something we can thank the F-150 Raptor for kickstarting. And as good as Ford and Ram’s full-size off-roaders are, not everyone wants or needs or wants a truck that big to take out on the trails. This is part of the reason that the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison has managed to capture a fervent fanbase of its own, alongside the fact that the truck is a beast on the trails.
The only real knock against ZR2 is the fact that it is somewhat underpowered from the factory, regardless of which engine option you spec. Thankfully, the team at Lingenfelter have a solution in a special supercharger kit for the truck’s standard V6 engine. This supercharged Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison is a LPE and AEV match made in heaven.
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering is one of the most trusted names in aftermarket performance. They’ve been cranking out modified General Motors products for decades now, and they know a thing or two about supercharging. We’ve previously reported on the company’s blower package for the 3.6L V6 engine found in the Colorado, but this is the first time they’ve stuck it onto a Colorado ZR2 Bison. For those who are unaware, the ZR2 Bison is born out of a revolutionary partnership between GM and American Expedition Vehicles. It takes the “standard” Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, and adds a host of enhancements, including five skid plates, AEV fender flares, and 17-inch wheels among other upgrades. It’s a serious upgrade package, but one that was begging for more power. Thanks to LPE, this particular example has a whole lot of that.
The Lingenfelter Performance Engineering supercharger package for the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 includes a TVS R1740 blower and a high efficiency intercooler, which makes 450 horsepower at the crank. From the factory, the V6-powered ZR2 only makes 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque at the crank. However, this Colorado ZR2 Bison with the Lingenfelter supercharger upgrade was able to lay down 365 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque… to the wheels. That’s more inline with the amount of power we’d like to have seen this mid-size off-roader produce from the factory.
If you’d like to supercharge your own Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison, LPE is more than happy to sell you the kit for just $6,995.00 installed, with a DIY kit available for even less. Considering AEV’s Bison is already one of the best off-road trucks on the market right now, we have to imagine this package transforms the mid-sizer into something truly special.