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CHEVROLET COLORADO ZR2, SILVERADO ZR2, HUMMER EV NEED GM PERFORMANCE DATA RECORDER

Technology Reserved For The Camaro And Corvette Need To Find Their Way Into GM’s Performance Trucks

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

Picture this: you’re driving a Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison or a future Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 along your favorite off-road vehicle trail. You activate the truck’s integrated Performance Data Recorder that captures your latest attempt to trek rocky obstacles, blitz a wide open clearing of sand, and cross the upcoming stream beyond it. Down the way, you see a fellow off-roader that’s beached their truck. You shackle up a tow strap and record the successful extraction. All in a day’s adventure.

When you get home, you take the SD card that saved all of the action and upload it to YouTube, where the GM Performance Data Recorder showcases logged articulation, pitch, roll, steering angle, wheel speed, selected gear, drive setting, brake/throttle, elapsed time, acceleration, braking, and of course, the view ahead. Your YouTube video gets 10 billion views. You’re famous. You retire on a ranch in Wyoming paid for by ad revenue from your video. The end.

Except that reality does not currently exist, as General Motors has yet to work its unique Performance Data Recorder system – that’s sourced from Cosworth – into its off-road performance vehicles. Not even the $100,000+ GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 – and its 1,000 horsepower – has hinted at availability of this technology.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Sand Dune Metallic Performance Accessories
2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. Image copyright Steven Pham, Muscle Cars & Trucks

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Track-To-Trail Transfer

Much like the Multimatic DSSV dampers that can be found in both the Camaro ZL1 1LE and the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 today, and the Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 soon enough, the GM-Cosworth Performance Data Recorder system can work wonders on the ORV trail just as it can on the road course. And it would be a unique performance app to the off-road performance vehicle segment. Currently, neither Ford nor Jeep (nor Toyota) offer such an app, but GM – despite having a limited selection of truly trail tough trucks – is already a generation ahead with its PDR system in its impressive range of performance cars.

Below is a quick video of the GM Performance Data Recorder in the C8 Corvette. The system is also available in certain variants of the Chevrolet Camaro, as well as the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing:

With the GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 happening by the end of the year, the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon happening in the next two years, and the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 seemingly imminent, General Motors has a wide open opportunity to introduce the gamification of the Cosworth Performance Data Recorder into its future off-road performance products in a class leading way. And there’s no real good excuse why it shouldn’t happen.

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GMC Hummer EV Edition 1. Image Via GMC.
2022 2023 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Rendering
Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Rendering. Image 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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