GM Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) and Chevrolet Racing have given us a sneak peak of the Silverado ZR2, which is set to join next year’s lineup, by creating a one off concept of the model.
Teams from both Australia and New Zealand have created what they call the Off-Road Racer concept which draws on expertise from GM Motorsports Division, chiefly in the area of suspension development.
Notable exterior changes include the addition of a roll bar over the rear tray which houses a light bar and there is a unique Chevrolet Racing livery.
Much of the concept’s development was undertaken by off-road racer, Mark Wakeman, while initial testing of the pick-up will be carried out at the hands of Supercars legend Craig Lowndes in 2023.
The Off-Road Racer will be on display at the Adelaide 500 Supercars round in Australia this weekend.
For GMSV, the Silverado ZR2 is said to add a “new level” of off-road capability and performance to the brand’s portfolio.
In stock form, the truck features front and rear e-lockers and adaptive dampers, 33-inch mud terrain tyres, and a high-approach steel front bumper.
Unique aesthetic cues also adorn the Silverado ZR2 including a black chrome grille, raised bonnet insert with ZR2 badging, gloss black wheels, and a black leather interior.
Under the bonnet sits a 6.2-litre V8 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
“We’re incredibly excited to be adding an entirely new model to the line-up,” said Jodie Lennon, GMSV General Manager Marketing and Communications.
“It will be the new hero in the increasingly popular full-size pick-up segment and we’re super proud to offer it as part of the GMSV range.”
We await more information from GMSV regarding the New Zealand launch of the model but for now, we get to enjoy the pick-up in Off-Road Racer form.