Chevy has announced that the first deliveries of the 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 will begin this month, since the first batch of trucks were shipped last Friday. The trucks are produced at GM’s Wentzville Assembly Center 40 miles west of St. Louis, Missouri.
Part of the first batch of Colorado ZR2s to roll off the assembly line is this Red Hot Crew Cab equipped with the 3.6L V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission to be raced by Chad Hall of Hall Racing. This truck will make its competition debut in August in the Best in the Desert race series.
“The Colorado ZR2 really caught our attention with its built-in versatility and the high-speed, off-road potential of the Multimatic DSSV dampers,” said Hall. “We love the ground clearance, ride stability, departure and breakover angles of the ZR2, and the inherent light weight and maneuverability of its midsize package. It should be a great platform for us to build an off-road desert-racing truck.”
After the Colorado ZR2 debuts at the Best in The Desert series, it will will be used as a development vehicle in other races this year, including the General Tire Vegas to Reno presented by FOX on August 18 and 19 and the VT Construction Tonopah 250 presented by Polaris on October 19-22.
Compared to the standard Colorado, the ZR2 features wider front and rear tracks and suspension that has been lifted by 2 inches. Functional rockers have been added for better performance over rocks and obstacles, and the front and rear bumpers have been modified for better off-road clearance. Buyers can choose between the 3.6L V6 or the 2.8L turbodiesel four-cylinder.
Pricing for the 2017 Colorado ZR2 starts at $40,995.