Performance version of pickup trucks have had a resurgence in recent years. While the hot trucks of yesteryear were designed for the pavement, the new era of performance pickups are aimed squarely at off-road dominance. Ford was the first to the market with the desert-racing inspired F-150 Raptor, with the likes of off-road ready Ram Rebel following suit. Chevrolet currently offers a hardcore version of its mid-size pickup by way of the Colorado ZR2, but the lager Silverado 1500 hasn’t gotten a Raptor-fighting trim of its own yet. Tuscany Motors Company is a special vehicle manufacturer based in Elkhart, Indiana, and the new Tuscany Silverado ZRX and GMC Sierra ZRX aims to fill that gap in the GM truck line-up.
The Tuscany Silverado ZRX package includes a number of hardware upgrades over the standard Silverado 1500. The package starts with a 6-inch BDS suspension lift, exclusive lateral stability bars integrated with the factory sway bar, FOX 2.0 performance shocks in the rear, 20-inch custom black wheels wrapped in BFG KO2 all-terrain tires, custom Tuscany red brake caliper covers, and a stainless steel exhaust system with quad tips. A layer of undercoating protection comes with the package, and KM3 mud tires are available as an option.
Visual modifications include color matched fender flares, power running boards with running lights, rock guards, color matched emblems, a color matched tonneau cover, “ZRX” exterior logos and a Tuscany windshield header. A bed rug also comes as a part of the GMC Sierra 1500 ZRX package. A RX front bumper replacement that includes a 40-inch curved LED light bar and two 6-inch LED lights is also available for the GMC Sierra ZRX trucks.
Step up into the cabin of the Tuscany Silverado ZRX and you’ll find the custom Tuscany leather seating package, complete with Tuscany embroidered headrests and floor mats. The factory interior trim has also been hydro-dipped to give it a carbon fiber appearance. Inside the gauge cluster sits Tuscany’s own stainless steel gauges.
While the ZRX is surely a looker, we aren’t sure that it possesses a package that’s as well rounded as the offerings from Ram and Ford. We aren’t really sure how it stacks up price wise either, as examples of Silverado and Sierra based ZRX for sale at dealerships range dramatically in price based on the truck selected for the build. Overall, it seems that the ZRX package will run you somewhere in the high-teens on top of the price of the donor truck. Knowing just how good the Colorado ZR2 is, that price might be hard to justify.
Moreover, General Motors recently applied for the ZRX trademark, suggesting that an in-house version may be on its way soon. But it’s too early to suggest that Tuscany will have to change the name of its own ZRX package.