Chevy Colorado ZR2 Gets Race Ready With Chevy's Hardcore Upgrades

The parts largely improve the pickup’s ride height and suspension articulation.

Chevrolet continues to make the Colorado midsize pickup into an even more hardcore off-roader. If the new ZR2 Bison is somehow too mild and a person doesn’t mind compromising the truck’s on-road comfort, Chevrolet Performance now launches a range of 15 racing components for turning the model into a powerhouse for overcoming rugged terrain.

“These parts can be purchased individually to suit each customer’s needs, or as a complete package,” said Mark Dickens, executive director of Chevrolet Performance Variants, Parts and Accessories and Motorsports, said in the announcement of the new pieces. 

Chevy’s racing parts largely focus on overhauling the Colorado’s suspension. Among the pieces, there are revised Multimatic DSSV dampers. The set for the front axle cost $4,187.50, and they increase the travel by 15 percent over a Colorado ZR2. The ones for the rear are $4,000 and boost suspension travel by 10 percent.

For dealing with even more serious bumps, there are secondary shocks. These nitrogen-charged parts provide protection from bottoming out. They go for $1,231.25 at the front axle and $1,543.75 at the back. The upgrade also requires the $2,062.50 Jounce Striker/Leaf Spring Mount System that provide “the ideal touchdown location for the jounce shock and supports the axle tube at the point of contact.”

To boost the ride height even more, there are a set of long-travel leaf springs for $3,312.50. The kit moves the rear axle so that the tires move through the center of the wheel wells. Rear ride height also increases by 1.18 inches (30 millimeters). With the long-travel DSSV shocks, there are an extra 11 inches (279.4 mm) of travel back there over a standard ZR2.

There are a couple drivetrain tweaks available, too. A $518.75 steel driveshaft offers greater clearance above obstacles. Chevy is still determining the price for a set of ball spline half shafts allow for greater articulation and reduce the feedback through the steering wheel during hard cornering.

Many of these parts are available now, and the rest are rolling out through 2019.

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