Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Gets 750 HP With SVE Xtreme Off-Road Model

Published on March 1, 2022 in Buzz by Louis-Philippe Dubé

Specialty Vehicle Engineering takes off-roading seriously. And while the current-generation Chevrolet Colorado has one foot (or wheel) out the door, the New Jersey-based tuner took the liberty to give the mid-size pickup a proper send-off with its own TRX-fighting, 750 horsepower version of the model.

It all starts with the 2022 Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab short box. But instead of GM’s 3.6-litre V6 under the hood, you’ll find the Silverado’s trusty 5.3-litre V8 with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque onto which SVE slapped its own in-house centrifugal supercharger and air-to-water intercooler in order to virtually double the horsepower figure.

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Of course, the engine has been carefully prepped to receive the extra ponies with forged internals and CNC ported cylinder heads, an upgraded fuel system, and a 8L90E eight-speed transmission.

The ZR2’s original DSSV dampers are still there (because they’re simply perfect). But SVE upgraded the braking system with six-piston front brake calipers gripping 13.6-inch ventilated rotors. It also gets a 4-inch suspension lift.

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The Xtreme Off-Road model is not only mechanically extreme.  Physically, it shows a number of 750-hp badges, black 18x8 inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 295/70 Nitto Recon Grapplers and other rugged elements.

Inside, the upholstery gets red and white stitching with "XTREME V8 Supercharged" embroidered in red and white on front headrests.

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