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LINGENFELTER PERFORMANCE SUPERCHARGES CHEVROLET COLORADO ZR2

With The Reveal Comes The Announcement Of LPE’s New V6 Tuning Program

Lingenfelter Colorado ZR2

There has been noticeable growth in the market involving off-road pickup truck and SUV models, both from automakers, and support from the aftermarket. Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has recognized this trend, and has announced a performance package for the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. Specifically, trucks equipped with the LGX 3.6L V6 engine. The announcement also encompasses a tuning program for the LGX itself. This means that vehicles such as the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Camaro V6 will also be able to see added performance benefits from LPE. The company has been enhancing vehicles for over 45 years, and specializes in General Motors products.

LPE exclusively shared details of the program with MC&T.

According to Lingenfelter, the package will improve horsepower output by a minimum of 35 percent over stock, thanks to the addition of an Edelbrock supercharger. Based on the Colorado ZR2 V6’s output of 308 horsepower, that’s an improvement of about 108 horses, with total output around 416 horsepower. And for those of you in California reading this, don’t worry, Lingenfelter says its new tuning package is emissions compliant in all 50 states. Moreover, the tuning system was tailored for Chevy Colorado owners who are likely to lift their truck and/or tow with it.

“When we did the kit… we wanted to enhance the truck in a way where it didn’t just make horsepower, but it was usable power so they could do things like towing, and to add equipment like bigger tires,” Lingenfelter COO and Vice President Mark Rapson told MC&T.

LPE left the awesome Multimatic DSSV suspension system and tires that come stock on the ZR2 alone for this build.

We can imagine somebody with a Colorado ZR2 Bison – a vehicle enhanced by the overland experts at American Expedition Vehicles (which has a facility in Michigan) – sending their apex off-roader to Lingenfelter (which is headquartered Michigan) to create a truck featuring a trinity of Mitten State automotive expertise.

We expect more truck-focused performance packages from Lingenfelter going forward. Though as ECU systems in vehicles become exponentially more difficult to work on – specifically General Motors vehicles with Global B electronics – the aftermarket may find themselves with limited offerings. Hopefully a solution emerges soon.

For now, details such as pricing, full build specs, dyno numbers, and additional photos on this Lingenfelter truck are on the way. We hope to have more details on the Lingenfelter Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and its V6 tuning package soon. For now, enjoy the good news.

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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