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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup gets an LT4 swap and 720 hp

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup gets an LT4 swap and 720 hp

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup gets an LT4 swap and 720 hp

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup gets an LT4 swap and 720 hp

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup gets an LT4 swap and 720 hp

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup gets an LT4 swap and 720 hp
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup gets an LT4 swap and 720 hp
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Let's say someone wanted a big-bore desert- or dune-running truck with OEM bona fides in a more compact package than the Ford F-150 Raptor or coming Ram Rebel TRX. What's one to do? Chevrolet doesn't sell a truck in the Raptor class, but all the pieces are there, so one owner worked with Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and Current Performance to put those pieces together. Starting with a Chevy Colorado ZR2, Current Performance installed a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 usually found in urban firecrackers like the C7 Corvette Z06 and Cadillac CTS-V. On top of that, Lingenfelter fitted its LT4 supercharger upgrade kit, with equipment like a new supercharger drive belt, idler pulley, 9.2-inch drive damper pulley that overspins the supercharger by 15%, Green Air filter, and NGK spark plugs. The result is that instead of the 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque found in the standard engine, the upgraded motor produces 720 hp and 730 lb-ft.

The Colorado comes with a choice of two engines from the factory, either a 3.6-liter V6 rated at 308 hp and 275 lb-ft, or a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel with 181 hp and 369 lb-ft. Lingenfelter makes a supercharger kit for the 3.6-liter that cranks output to 450 hp, clearly not enough for this owner. A dyno run with the LT4-swapped Colorado in 2WD mode and shifting through the retuned eight-speed transmission showed 534 hp and 526-lb-ft at the rear wheels. Even with the Colorado's beefy mechanicals and larger-than-stock wheels eating up around 25% of power and torque, the pickup spits more fire at the wheels than any of the current adventure trucks muster at the engine.

The overhaul wouldn't have come cheap, though. A base Colorado ZR2 rings up $44,490, a new supercharged LT4 crate engine adds $15,000, the Lingenfelter 720-hp supercharger kit another $1,095 on top. That's a total of $60,585 before options on the truck, peripherals for the engine, labor, those shiny Method wheels, the chunky rubber, and that tingly exhaust. It's also $5,475 beyond a base F-150 Raptor, but we think the real comparison with the Ford needs to happen out on the trail. We offer our services to referee the contest, free of charge.

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