Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Jumps into the Off-Road Fight

Multimatic DSSV shocks, mud terrain tires, and more ground clearance and wheel travel than any other Chevy Full-size is what makes it the new Silverado flagship.

Why does this Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 even exist? You may wonder. Well, it all started in 2009 with the launch of the (2010 model year) Ford F-150 Raptor: A production truck with legit off-roading tech. But the Raptor was not built to tackle Moab, rather jump over terrain like Baja. And, boy-o-boy, did it take off.

Since then, this niche genre of truck exploded, with multiple Ford models, as well as the Ram TRX and Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 entering the market.

Now, 12 years on, Chevrolet finally joined the full-size pick-up competition with the Silverado ZR2. It’s the new flagship trim of the updated Silverado line-up and includes the 420 horsepower 6.2-liter V8, Multimatic DSSV shocks, front and rear locking differentials, and 33-inch mud terrain tires. On a specs sheet, its numbers are not as impressive as Ford or Ram. But in the real world, it’s highly capable.

420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque courtesy of the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8

I recently got the chance to drive one at Joshua Tree National Park and wrote a review about it for Motor1. Click the link here to check it out: Motor1 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Review

In the foreground, the Chevrolet Silverado ZR2, in the background the vast landscape of Joshua Tree National Park