New 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 USA Redesign

2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 USA

2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 – These rumors stem from a new Muscle Cars & Trucks report, which claims to have a deep scoop on truck development. This is unfounded either, as the oddly badass Silverado “tactical concept” has just been posted to the official Instagram account for General Motors Design.

This information is also in line with previous rumors we’ve heard about truck tweak suspension, but apparently, ZR2 has better brand equity than ZRX. We can’t argue with that.

New 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 USA Redesign

New 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 USA Redesign
New 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 USA Redesign

When the Ram revealed its 702-horsepower, Hellcat-hearted TRX, it undoubtedly turned the performance of its Cold War pickup into a super-truck showdown. Ford will be the first to return fire by looking at things, preparing a supercharged, Shelby-powered V8 Raptor to launch at the best Ram.

GM, however, is Switzerland out of this conflict, as a new report suggests the upcoming 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 will opt out of a horsepower war with the basic V8 and instead focus on bringing the Colorado ZR2 technical off-roading chops to full-size pickups.

So, what does Silverado ZR2 look like under the skin? According to reports, we pretty much saw trucks last year at SEMA. It sailed under the radar as it was unveiled as a Chad Hall race truck, but the upgraded basics are thought to be the Silverado ZR2 foundation.

That means a multimeric DSSV silencer with a slightly higher driving height, front and rear differential locks, zr2 dedicated front and rear bumpers for better approach/departure angles, slip plates, and aggressive off-road tires to complete the display.

2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 Engine

The development comes through Muscle Cars & Trucks, which reports the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 engine will be GM’s standby V8, a naturally inspired 6.2-liter unit.

Its 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque also didn’t measure up to the rumored low strength Raptor, and TRX variants, which recent reports suggest could land in a 500-horsepower environment.

One thing the report says you won’t find on the ZR2 is crazy horsepower. We’ve heard rumors that GM is working on a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 for Chevrolet and GMC truck lines, but that doesn’t seem to be part of the ZR2 package – initially anyway.

2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 Horsepower

At launch, it will likely offer the same 6.2-liter V8 you can get now. It develops 420 horsepower so that the truck won’t slow down in any way.

But with the Ram offering 702 hp for the TRX and Ford reportedly going further with the 760-hp Shelby GT500 engine version, the ZR2 will be significantly defeated.

This may be disappointing for some and will certainly leave a lot of attention to Ford and Ram when the inevitable flood of 700+ hp super-truck comparison reviews hits the internet next year.

There is talk of Silverado possibly getting a 6.2-liter, 650-horsepower LT4 from the Camaro ZL1 1LE, although its status has been cloudy all year round.

However, there is some big news here in Chevy’s apparent plan to deliver the same Silverado ZR2 Multimatic DSSV silencer used on the Colorado ZR2, which remains a ludicrously capable midsize pickup.

The large ZR2 will also continue to lock the differential on both axles; front axle locking is rare in full-size trucks.

Maybe playing to Chevrolet’s support is a timeframe for an off-roader. Coronavirus has delayed vehicle development throughout the automotive industry, and as such, ZR2 is reportedly now on the docket for the 2023 model year.

If that’s true, the truck will launch after a simple Silverado refresh comes next year. It also gives engineers time to dig a little deeper at the supercharged engine options, or depending on how well the new TRX and Raptor sell, time to reevaluate the need for such power.

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