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SUPERCHARGED CHEVROLET COLORADO ZR2: KEN LINGENFELTER SHARES DETAILS

The ZR2-L Provides V8 Power In A V6 Package

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A few months ago Lingenfelter Performance Engineering revealed a Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 fitted with an Eldebrock supercharger system mounted to its standard 3.6L V6 engine. Naturally, this excited some folks, as it gives the Colorado ZR2 exactly what it needs: more power. Recently, we were able to talk to owner Ken Lingenfelter about his company’s latest product offering, named the Colorado ZR2-L.

“Our Colorado is 443 horsepower at the crank with the supercharger,” says Lingenfelter to MC&T, significantly above the “minimum” 35 percent improvement over the stock output of 308 hp that was originally estimated. Another tuning company, Mallett Cars, offers a similar supercharged V6 setup, but advertises gains of closer to “100+” horsepower. This makes the LPE offering a more powerful product.

The team could have gotten similar numbers with a more common twin turbo V6 setup, but there are benefits to utilizing a blower instead. LPE also left the awesome Multimatic DSSV suspension system and tires that come stock on the ZR2 alone for this build, leaving the business under the hood to make all the impressions the truck will need.

“It’s easier to drive, and more efficient to have the supercharger,” said Lingenfelter. “We don’t have the heat problems we would have with a (supercharged) V8, so that also eliminates a lot of the concern there. It’s 50 state legal… we think it’s the perfect solution. The only other perfect solution would be a (V8) swap and that takes a whole lot of effort, and also trying to get it CARBed.”

During the 2019 SEMA Show, there will be two Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup trucks fitted with this supercharger system; a white one on display at the Lingenfelter booth, as well as a red one that will be at the Edelbrock booth.

The Edelbrock supercharger system is good for any longitudinally mounted GM vehicle with a V6 engine. Lingenfelter will be offering this high-power conversion on the Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Camaro, GMC Canyon and V6 Cadillac products.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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