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FORD F-150 RAPTOR, CAMARO ZL1 MASHUP IS WEIRD BUT SOMEHOW WORKS

But it Makes Us Wonder, Where’s Chevy’s Off-Road Silverado?

Ford F-150 Raptor
@superrenderscars via Instagram

Not too long ago, the Jeep Wrangler was what you bought if you wanted to leave pavement and venture off-road. Now, however, rugged SUVs and pickup trucks are a dime a dozen, and different models are perfectly suited to different terrains. From Jeep’s Rubicon rock crawlers to the original desert running Ford F-150 Raptor, more and more models are joining the off-road scene. While Chevrolet has the midsize Colorado ZR2 in its off-road arsenal, they don’t yet have a full size pickup to combat the Ford F-150 Raptor or upcoming Ram Rebel TRX, which is odd. While this rendering, by @superrenderscars on Instagram, doesn’t really answer what that would look like, the strange combination of a Raptor body with a Camaro ZL1 front works better than it has any right to.

It’s a pretty simple redesign, with a Ford F-150 Raptor supercab forming the base. That 2.5 door body style is going away for the next generation F-150 Raptor, which is supposedly coming as a 2021 model. Then, a Camaro ZL1 front bumper, grille and headlights are swapped in place of the regular Ford front end. While it’s certainly a strange look, it doesn’t look as bad as it sounds on paper.

More than anything, though, it makes us sad we don’t yet have a Raptor-fighting Chevy Silverado, especially when Ram’s competitor is coming this summer with Hellcat power. Back in fall 2019, rumors were circulating about an off-road orientated Silverado ZRX coming for the 2022 model year and we even saw a teaser for the model in a race truck, but the news on this model has been silent recently. It’s still a little ways out if the original timetable holds, though.

Our reporting suggested the truck would follow a similar path of the Colorado ZR2: not crazy on power, but exceptional off-road capability. This would be achieved with an off road suspension, Multimatic DSSV dampers, front and rear locking diffs and altered bodywork. Power will probably come from either a 6.2L L87 small block V8 with 420 hp or a 3.0L Duramax LM2 diesel engine with 277 hp. Like we said, it won’t be a power monster like the 707 hp Hellcat powered Ram Rebel TRX.¬†Even the V8 is low on power compared to the competition.

If this model is indeed still coming, we hope to hear more about it soon.

Written by Sam George

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