FCA finally added the Rebel TRX with the Hellcat engine to the Ram 1500 lineup. We didn’t wait for too long for the reaction by Ford. The new Raptor will get a more potent engine, which will be a rival to the 700 hp rated truck by FCA. Chevrolet is missing the party for now with no performance-oriented version of the half-tone model. The 2021 Chevy Silverado ZR2 might be the revolutionary move by GM. Still, the question is if the truck is going to happen.
The package is available for Colorado. It makes the mid-size pickup one of the best off-road models in the class. Still, making it in the grand league is not so simple. Well, if it is, Chevrolet would match the offer for Ford Raptor a long time ago. Now, with the 2021 Chevy Silverado ZR2, they have a chance to shine again.
For a long time, Chevrolet Silverado was the main rival to Ford F-150. The Blue Oval company sells nearly 1 million copies of its truck. GM cannot keep up. The situation is becoming even worse with the Ram 1500 taking over the number 2 selling spot from the Silverado. So, General Motors needs shocking therapy. The new generation is here, plenty of engines and options… But, the final piece of the puzzle is the performance off-road truck. The 2021 Chevy Silverado ZR2 is there to fill the gap.
2021 Chevy Silverado ZR2 Will be Based on Reaper Concept
A long time ago, GM had something which fans considered as the Raptor rival. Reaper concept was the aftermarket upgrade that drew a lot of attention. Everyone thought that company will adopt the idea. Nevertheless, the muscle truck never entered production or became an official package. Now, General Motors have to throw everything and try to survive in the tough competition. Even the electric truck is expected in 2022 with the legendary Hummer badge.
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Powertrain and Specs
The biggest mystery about the 2021 Chevy Silverado ZR2 is its powertrain. We could find a couple of suitable engines that can match the outputs of Raptor. Nevertheless, the game is now at a different level, with Ram Rebel getting 700 horsepower and Ford working on an implementation of a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 for the truck. The same unit is under the hood of the GT500 supercar.
If we had doubts, now it is clear that GM has to use its most powerful units. Camaro muscle car is using a mighty V8 with 650 horsepower for the ZL1 model. Retuned, this one might become the new engine for the pickup truck.
2021 Chevy Silverado ZR2 Spy Photos
Reportedly, the 2021 Chevy Silverado ZR2 was spied some while ago. However, the company never confirmed it. Test mules were showing a big rig with significant upgrades. Still, details were hidden, both under the camouflage and beneath the hood. Witnesses say the truck sounded pretty loud, which indicates more power is coming from the new engine.