Saturday, March 25

SVE Colorado Xtreme Off-Road: more powerful than a Ferrari | Digital Trends Spanish


Based in Toms River, New Jersey, Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SEV) is an automotive modification shop founded by Ed Hamburger, a Drag Racing Hall of Famer since 1986. SVE, which has earned an excellent reputation for the construction of very high power vehicles such as the Yenko/SC Silverado and the modern reinterpretation of the GMC Syclone, has just released its most recent creation: the pickup EVS Colorado Xtreme Off-Road 2022.

Unlike the Syclone, which is a GMC Canyon-based street pickup with the suspension lowered and a massive amount of power, the Colorado Xtreme Off-Road is, as its name implies, a capable off-roader with the quirk of having more power than anyone should have in a midsize pickup truck.

The base of the Colorado Xtreme Off-Road is a Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Short Bed. Its 3.6-liter displacement V6 is replaced by a 5.3-liter aluminum-block V8, which made 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. General Motors used it in its Silverado and Sierra full-size pickups until 2019, but now, thanks to an SVE-designed centrifugal supercharger—which pushes cold fresh air through an air-to-water intercooler—it delivers 750 horsepower and 600 ft-lbs of torque. To give you an idea, those figures represent 89 horsepower and 39 pound-feet of torque more than a Ferrari Roma.

That massive amount of power wasn’t going to be able to be handled by the Colorado ZR2’s regular 10-speed transmission, so SVE replaced it with a Chevrolet 8L90E eight-speed made especially to deal with the massive amounts of force generated by the famous Chevrolet V8 engines dedicated to high-power modifications.

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is one of the most capable off-road midsize pickups on the auto market today, so SVE kept the model’s special suspension intact with its spool-valve dynamic dampers, merely reinforcing it with service drawbars. heavy and to raise it a total of four inches. The braking system did require a significant upgrade achieved through vented 13.6-inch front brake rotors and six-piston calipers.

As with the suspension, the Colorado ZR2 has all the necessary structural guards to protect it off the pavement, so SVE set out to provide the Colorado Xtreme Off-Road with appearance details that communicate its capabilities. A flashy sports bar with LED lights is standard, as are graphics on the sides of the cargo box, 750-hp badging, and 18-inch black-painted aluminum wheels with painted tires.

SVE offers an optional leather cabin seating package with red and white stitching and red and white embroidered “XTREME V8 Supercharged” logos on the front headrests.

SVE will not sell the Colorado Xtreme Off-Road directly; the truck must be ordered through authorized Chevrolet dealers, for which the buyer must leave a deposit of $10,000. The dealer sends a regular unit of the Colorado ZR2 to SVE, which five weeks later will return it as an Xtreme Off-Road, with a certificate of originality and a valid guarantee. SVE is not in the habit of publishing its prices and this time was no exception. Total production will be limited to just 50 copies.

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