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Flat Out Autos Has Done It Again

2023 SEMA Show Flat Out Autos Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2 K5 Blazer Suv 2024 2025 battle of the builders

Flat Out Autos out of Arkansas is bringing another stunner to the 2023 SEMA Show. However, if you’ve been following along with what they’ve been doing lately, you’ll notice them harnessing a familiar formula. See, the days of the Chevrolet K5 Blazer and equivalent GMC Jimmy are long gone. A two-door, convertible full-size SUV that’s made for nothing else but for fun and capability. Hence why the value of a Blazer from this era continues to be incredibly high: we simply don’t see something like this anymore. However, Flat Out Autos will build and sell you a modern take on a new Chevrolet K5 Blazer or GMC Jimmy, as they revealed last year during the 2022 SEMA Show. However, this year, the Arkansans are going to show off a new Chevrolet K5 Blazer ZR2. And we love to see it.

Chevrolet Silverado-Based K5 Blazer ZR2 For The 2023 SEMA Show

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2-based 2023 Chevrolet K5 Blazer ZR2 from Flat Out Autos at the 2023 SEMA Show will feature a Whipple supercharger bolted to the top of the truck’s 6.2L L87 V8 engine. From there, it also features Dirt King long travel suspension, Fox Racing shocks, Nitto Trail Grapplers, Katzkin leather interior, RIGd Supply rear spare carrier, and a FiberwerX Vance & Hines Motorsports exhaust. The new Chevrolet K5 Blazer ZR2, or “KR2” for short, is also a 2023 SEMA Show Battle of the Builders contender.

Back in 2019, MC&T exclusively reported that General Motors canceled plans for a body-on-frame SUV that would have competed against the Ford Bronco, Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner pickup trucks during a 2018 corporate restructuring. However, that’s not to say GM doesn’t know how to play in the mud, as it now offers ZR2 trim levels on all of its Chevrolet pickup trucks sold in the United States and Canada, as well as the equivalent AT4X trims on all of its GMC trucks.

Also on display at the Flat Out Autos booth this year during the 2023 SEMA Show will be a moderng GMC Jimmy, though not a model based on the Sierra 1500 AT4X. Instead, the custom-made SUV will be based on the standard Sierra 1500 truck.

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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