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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

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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