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Hib Halverson

How 'bout some forums for the "new" Colorado ZR2

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GM just showed the Colorado ZR2 to the press.

 

Other than not being offered in a straight-cab version, the new ZR2 stacks up as a pretty good offroader.

 

If I was or order one, it would be the extended cab with the diesel.

 

 

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Hi Hib, the new ZR2s are pretty nice, I'm getting ready to head to Tom Henry, they just got a Crew Cab ZR2 in.

 

Kevin and JW, the new owners of this site are supposed to be working on setting up a section for the new ZR2s! :thumbup:

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Working on it :)

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Yep, it's coming! I've been working on getting hosts transferred first, which has been... complicated. Hopefully making some headway on that in the next few days, and we can get things updated and start adding new features!

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On 5/17/2017 at 0:24 PM, gregg6668 said:

Hi Hib, the new ZR2s are pretty nice, I'm getting ready to head to Tom Henry, they just got a Crew Cab ZR2 in.

I'm thinking about the extended cab because I'd want the long box. I got a copy of the dealer order guide today. Really, really thinking about ordering one. The only hesitation I have is my Blazer ZR2 is, obviously a heck of a lot shorter and, thus, has a much tighter turning radius. That's come in handy in previous off-road adventures. Compared to the old T-utility platform, the Colorado/Canyon is really looooong.

 

On 5/17/2017 at 0:24 PM, gregg6668 said:

Hi Hib, the new ZR2s aKevin and JW, the new owners of this site are supposed to be working on setting up a section for the new ZR2s! :thumbup:

Great. I'll be looking for it.

Few more things I found out today:

 All Colorados and Canyons got a new V6 gas engine, a truck-version of the 3.6L HFV6.

The gas engine gets the 8-speed 8L45 automatic but the 2.8L diesel gets the 6L50 six-speed automatic. Hard to decide which powertrain has the most low-end grund the gas engine (less low-end torque) with the 8-speed and its lower first gear or the diesel (more low-end torque) with the 6-speed and its higher first gear.

 

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Got ahold of a dealer order guide for the new ZR2. Lots of interesting stuff in it but a couple things stood out:

The diesel is a $3500 dollar option so one would have to drive the truck a long ways to recover the cost of the engine in improved fuel economy.

There is a dual-mode exhaust listed as an option. Dual mode exhausts have typically been seen on Corvettes and Camaros.

The bed mounted spare tire, which various media coverage has talked about, was not listed as an option.

Media reports and claim ZR2s some with 31-in. Goodyear Duratrac tires but the order guide lists the tires as 265/65R17 all-season tires.

Regardless of exterior color choice there is only one interior color...black. Not good if you don't like hot seats in the summer.

 

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   Fast lane trucks has a good vid about the new ZR2 on youtube....i think its awesome...front and rear factory lockers, and the front bumper is cut away at the tires..Has some cutesy electronic pitch and roll thing on the dash thats not really useful...   But cool truck..  Im not sure if its $46,000 cool tho....?

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23 hours ago, SLSZR2 said:

   Fast lane trucks has a good vid about the new ZR2 on youtube....i think its awesome...front and rear factory lockers, and the front bumper is cut away at the tires..Has some cutesy electronic pitch and roll thing on the dash thats not really useful...   But cool truck..  Im not sure if its $46,000 cool tho....?

I get it that some folks are going to balk at the base price of 46 large but, history seems to indicate that's a price that is not far out of line. In 1999, when I ordered my Blazer ZR2, it came in at 26,600 bucks . The only option I ordered was the LS package (equip. grp. 1SC). If you go on-line, and put that number into the Feds' "inflation calculator" you come up with my Blazer costing 39,200 in 2017 dollars. Back in those times, ZR2 was only available on 2-dr utilities and ext. cab pick-ups. I don't know what the pick-up sold for back then, but it couldn't have been much more or less than did the utility.

The "new" ZR2 has a more standard equipment than did the original ZR2–for example, it comes standard with full trailering equipment which was not even offered back in the old days and its interior features include as standard a lot of stuff that was optional back ZR2 was offered as a package on S/T trucks and utilities.  The Colorado ZR2, also, has a lot more technology in it, along with a lot more government-mandated features which has driven up the cost of not only Colorado pick-ups but all vehicles people buy.

So...I don't think the price is all that out of line and you can bet, going forward, once the "early adopters" buy their trucks and sales slow, prices will get discounted. 

That said, I would have been happier with the idea of buying a new ZR2, if GM had not loaded it up with standard stuff like the trailering package and a lot of premium interior appointments.

Finally, on this price thing...I remember back in the late-90s when the original ZR2 package came out, the price of trucks ordered with it was criticized by some. Others made the point that there was no way you could duplicate the package with aftermarket off-road modifications for the price GM sold ZR2. I suspect that, as time goes on, the same situation will prove to be true with the ZR2 version of the Colorado.

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