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Serious V8 Power In A Mid-Size Package

Lingenfelter Colorado ZR2

Earlier this year Lingenfelter Performance Engineering proudly showed off a new supercharger performance package for the Colorado ZR2 during the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise. At the time, Lingenfelter told MC&T that trucks equipped with Chevrolet’s 3.6L LGX V6 engine would be treated to a new Edelbrock supercharger which should offer a 35 percent bump in horsepower output, along with promising emissions compliance in all 50 states.

More recently, company founder Ken Lingenfelter shared a few choice details with MC&T, including that peak output for the package would be 450 horsepower in the Colorado pickup truck. What we didn’t know was that the company had another performance pack planned for the 2019 SEMA Show taking place this week in Las Vegas.

Meet the Lingenfelter 500 HP Colorado.

It uses the same Edelbrock R1740 TVS supercharger as the 450 HP Colorado which uses an air-to-water intercooled manifold which lowers inlet air temperatures and helps increase power. However, the 500 HP version gets a Lingenfelter pulley upgrade kit which ups the available jam to 406 horsepower at the wheels, compared to the 377 wheel horsepower made by the 450 pack.

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Other under-hood upgrades include a GM Performance intake system to feed the hungry blower copious quantities of fresh air, along with an external reservoir tank for the supercharger’s intercooler. LPE decided not to fiddle with the awesome Multimatic DSSV suspension system and tires that come stock on the ZR2. What’s really great about the 500 HP package is that Lingenfelter managed to smooth out 3.6L LGX’s jumpy looking torque graph, along with offering up an absolutely linear horsepower reading which doesn’t quit until redline.

Now picture fitting this power upgrade into your Colorado ZR2 Bison with the high clearance fenders and 35-inch tire package by American Expedition Vehicles. What a build that would be.

Although the company hasn’t announced anything specifically, it’s likely this means that vehicles such as the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Camaro V6 will also be offered added performance benefits from LPE, as well as the late V6 Cadillac ATS and CTS models.

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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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