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A High Output L3B Turbo Engine Can Yield Hot-Hatch Levels Of Acceleration

2023 Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss Z71 midsize pickup truck First Drive Off Road

General Motors isn’t in the business of making hot hatches. Very sad. But it can make a pretty brisk truck, it turns out. We’re talking about the new 2023 Chevrolet Colorado, which offers a 2.7L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that comes in three different flavors: a base work truck engine (codenamed L2R) with 237 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque, a “mid” version (L3B) with 310 hp and 380 lb-ft, and a V8-matching “high output” version (L3B HO) with 310 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. The latter of which is offered on the range-topping Colorado ZR2, as well as an a-la-carte engine tune that’s installed by an authorized Chevrolet dealer. Meanwhile, GMC keeps it simple by making the high-output L3B calibration standard on all trim levels.

To compare, Ford offers a similar high-output flash tune for the current Ranger pickup truck’s 2.3L EcoBoost engine, but power is maxed out at 320 hp and 355 lb-ft (though the new one may even the odds a bit). And the new Nissan Frontier may have a V6, but is way down on torque, peaking at 310 hp and 281 lb-ft (truck makers: don’t put an NA passenger car engine under the hood of your pickup).

L3B mid high output L2R 2023 New Chevrolet Colorado GMC Canyon Sierra 1500 Silverado Turbo Engine TurboMax

So, with V8 muscle car levels of torque, it has anybody with a sense of curiosity pondering just how quick the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon can be in the right hands. And we got a pretty good answer.

L3B chief engineer Kevin Luchansky told us during last week’s 2023 Chevrolet Colorado media drive program that the 0-60 acceleration for the quickest iteration of the new midsize truck is “under 7 seconds,” and admitted that the truck’s forward quickness is “traction limited” based on the tires.

Indeed, a set of Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires aren’t exactly what we’d call summer performance tires. But if somebody were to affix the new Chevy Colorado with the high-output L3B engine with, say, a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV tires, and we could see the new Colorado keep up with a couple of choice hot hatches. Everything is just a vessel for tires, after all.

Production of the new 2023 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are currently underway.

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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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