During the reveal of the updated version of the fourth generation of the Chevrolet Silverado, its manufacturer announced the arrival of a new variant of its large pickup: the new Silverado ZR2. This is a large pickup with extreme off-road capabilities that takes advantage of the ZR2 emblem that is preceded by the good reputation of the Colorado ZR2 midsize pickup, also from Chevrolet.
The new one 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 it comes equipped with an unaltered version of the manufacturer’s 6.2-liter V8 engine, producing 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and mated to the 10-speed automatic transmission used by the rest of the line. The 2022 Silverado ZR2 is the first half-ton truck built with front and rear electronically locking differentials, one of the attributes that have made the Colorado ZR2 a big favorite among off-road pickup trucks and gives it a significant edge. the Silverado over its competition.
This is a good time to highlight that while the new 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 will not be a direct competitor to the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram 1500 TRX, it should present formidable competition to pickups like the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, the Ram 1500 Rebel, and Ford’s F-150 Tremor thanks to standard features like an electronically locking dual differential.
The Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 2022 arrives with a similar track width to the rest of the Silverado line, however, the use of the innovative DSSV dampers of Multimatic that uses the Colorado ZR2, which use three separate valves to control the damping thanks to three chambers. to control fluid flow, combined with springs calibrated especially for the model, give it a wheel travel unprecedented in the Silverado line.
The all-black 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2’s leather-seated cockpit receives the model’s new 13.4-inch infotainment touchscreen and a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. On the outside, the ZR2 version of the Silverado can be recognized by a new black hood insert, a unique grille, red accents on the Chevrolet ‘bowtie’, red tow hooks, and a high clearance front bumper with removable ends. while at the rear, the truck’s dual exhaust tips were hidden behind the bumper for added protection.
The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 will make its official debut on the tracks during the classic Best In The Desert King Shocks Laughlin Desert; held annually in Laughlin south of Las Vegas, with off-road racing champion Chad Hall behind the wheel.
Although the Silverado ZR2 is a completely new model, Hall has been competing in the large production truck category behind the wheel of a prototype of the model since 2019. Since 2019, the ZR2 prototype has competed in 10 off-road races, including the legendary race. Best In The Desert, between the cities of Las Vegas and Reno, in August 2021 in which the pickup only needed to stop to refuel.
Chevrolet tells us it uses racing participation “to test and confirm the truck’s off-road performance in the most extreme and demanding conditions in the world. This knowledge is used to develop components for production vehicles and high-performance parts. “
The 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 race car and the one available at the dealership share most of their major components, including ladder frame, same V8 engine, 10-speed automatic transmission, transfer case, dual differential. , the front skid plate and the transfer case skid plate.
The Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 will go on sale in the spring of 2022, which will also be when we will know its prices and its fuel efficiency figures.