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I'm actually disappointed, they left off the front air dam off on purpose, which means this board will miss the 90+ pages in multiple threads on how to remove it.
Yes but think of the children, or the board traffic the air dam creates.

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GM's timing here is that of comic genius. I wait a year for plans for the ZR2 concept to become reality. No info. Decide to order my truck. I wait 6 months for it to be built, no info. I take delivery 7 days ago and proof of it's existence comes to light.

At least we'll be getting a few more toys in the parts bin.
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ZR2 spy photos?!

Somebody shared this article in the 2nd gen facebook group a little bit ago...looks promising. Hopefully it keeps the same suspension components from the concept ZR2, from these photos it just looks like stock lifted suspension. The rear axle is definitely wider though.

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More anything is always better. Duh


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Oh wow! I was fully expecting to get Rick-Rolled when I clicked the link.

It looks like a really viable truck. The ZR-2 concept was way too cool. I knew it would have to lose a list of attributes if it were to ever make it into production. It looks like they addressed the biggest problem; the terrible approach angle.

I can't wait to see this truck come alive.
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I'm with Gilly,
Even drive a gold CC first gen! I'm waiting on the "LGX engine and 8 speed" (because I don't think ill get to choose between a 5.3L or 4.3L)!
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I'll give you my 4 speed in my silverado

I"m 100% positive anything is better than that.
I like staying in the power band not hearing a motor scream as it winds out from gear to gear.

BRING ON THE 8 AND 10 SPEEDS

oh and that dead spot at 40 MPH i got in the 5 speed diesel jeep ... it sucks too
What year JEEP? The 3.8 JKs were junk trans/engine setups. My 2013 Gasoline has no problem at all and is quick. That 3.6 made a huge difference. I like the 5 speeds.

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I'm prepared to donate a kidney to the GM exec that makes this ZR2 concept a reality. I fell absolutely in love with the ZR2 concept before the Colorado/Canyon twins came to the US. Unfortunately due to a major fender bender that ended up totaling my previous car, I was forced to get a used Buick Regal just 2 months before the twins hit the ground. However, I can definitely see myself trading my beloved Regal in for this ZR2. And, if GM offers it with the 2.8L Duramax, I'll definitely be asking my wife for forgiveness rather than permission as soon as I return home from the dealership.
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The "caught testing" pic makes a lot more sense that it is a different engine and trans combo, the ZR2 should just be a trim and content package, no reason they'd need to be out testing it, just like say a Trail Boss or Denali. But even though the powertrain is already in some Cadillacs, to put it in a truck the EPA I am sure would make them do a lot of testing before releasing it. As far as the disguise, I again, by looking at the pic, assume it is a refresh on the grille they don't want people to see yet, or the ZR2 really got dumbed down alot from the prototype they were showing as I don't see a lot of the styling it had up front. LOVE those flares, too.
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just thought, with the air dam removed, that could open up a can of worms, could affect aerodynamics enough that it would require testing. Rather doubt they would jump through a lot of hoops for the ZR2 but maybe. Maybe combination of engine and no air dam for the ZR2??
It has new suspension and probably will get larger tires. They will have to work on ride and handling, and also tune the drivetrain. Also, you're right - with the air dam removed and taller ride height the airflow changes dramatically.
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ZR2 still in the works?

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Seems a bit disappointing from the photos in my opinion.
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Here is a recent thread on the subject. Go ahead and merge them Mr. 08.

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What year JEEP? The 3.8 JKs were junk trans/engine setups. My 2013 Gasoline has no problem at all and is quick. That 3.6 made a huge difference. I like the 5 speeds.
I have a 2009 JKU and while yes the motor is a turd, I don't find the transmission to be anything bad. It shifts good and when it needs to...it's more predictable than the transmission in my Colorado.
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I'm mildly curious to see if they do end up producing one, but like so many other companies with other products, I think GM has already put themselves in the dangerous position of too little too late, with the ZR2. What I often see with all kinds of products, when this kind of thing happens, is that the usual loyal customers go all different directions. In this case, some will have bought a Z71 and been satisfied, some will just mod a Z71 to make it as good or better than a ZR2, some will go to another brand...in the end, there is a much smaller population of die-hard holdouts from what was a much larger population of potential customers say at the initial release of the 2015 model.

Additionally, what does coming out with a ZR2 say about the Z71 and the Trail Boss...basically it just re-emphasizes that those 'off-road' trucks have mostly just cosmetic versus performance enhancements.

And finally, what are the expectations of a ZR2 after all this time? Better shocks/suspension, better tires, skid plates in a few more places...what can they do performance-wise above and beyond the Z71, that will bring a price premium and differentiate the truck from the Z71. I agree there's definitely room for improvement over the Z71, and I almost didn't buy because of some of those areas needing improvement, but the margins for improvement are not huge and I think it's a tough business decision to invest in these slim margins when all the higher volume trucks are selling so well.

If there's one thing that I see as motivation, it's not necessarily sales of the ZR2 itself, but what it brings to the GM truck brand and reputation. GM builds it's truck branding on toughness. You see that in virtually all specifications and obviously in their advertising, towing capacity, engine horsepower, payload, etc., but in the serious off-road department they aren't the leader without something like the ZR2. Even if the truck doesn't sell incredible numbers, it still builds the brand for the whole truck line, and show's GM's commitment to all that they try to portray in their image and branding.
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If there's one thing that I see as motivation, it's not necessarily sales of the ZR2 itself, but what it brings to the GM truck brand and reputation. GM builds it's truck branding on toughness. You see that in virtually all specifications and obviously in their advertising, towing capacity, engine horsepower, payload, etc., but in the serious off-road department they aren't the leader without something like the ZR2. Even if the truck doesn't sell incredible numbers, it still builds the brand for the whole truck line, and show's GM's commitment to all that they try to portray in their image and branding.

Yes, I agree.

Creating buzz is a great thing. It gets people excited about the Colorado line of trucks, even if they don't buy the most expensive off road model, the ZR2 could still motivate a purchase.





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Possible diesel ZR2 spyshots

Not sure if I'm the only one who saw this or if they are old pictures that have resurfaced but here are some spy shots of a lifted Colorado Duramax with some aggressive tires and a cut front bumper just like the ZR2 concept. If you have any info on these pics or anything about the ZR2, feel free to chime in!
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That's not a Duramax.

There have been at least two threads containing these pictures.


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