2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 First Drive

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In the world of performance off-road trucks, the half-ton market has split into two general categories, what we call standard track width trucks (Ford F-150 Tremor, Ram Rebel and Toyota Tundra TRD Pro) and wide-track trucks (Ford Raptor and Ram TRX). To the mix of standard track width trucks, you can now add the Chevrolet Silverado ZR2.

For 2022, Chevy entered the standard track width market with an incredibly powerful product in the ZR2, a new off-road version of the Silverado that sits atop Trail Boss in the lineup. At the heart of this off-road package is a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque through a 10-speed automatic transmission and an upgraded version of the exceptional Multimatic DSSV slider. Colorado ZR2. valve shocks. To the package, Chevy adds front and rear electronic-locking differentials, 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler tires, upgraded chassis calibrations including Terrain mode, as well as a unique skid plate package, bumper high approach steel front shocks and a high performance exhaust. .

The Multimatic 40mm DSSV spool dampers are a three chamber design and feature three separate spools per damper. These shocks are paired with tuned springs (coilovers up front and leaves in the rear) for great performance and ride, while providing 9.84 inches of travel up front and 10.62 inches out. the back. Spool valve shocks are very different from the standard wedge-type shocks that are standard in the rest of the industry and have been proven in road racing and off-road racing for years. For a full breakdown of how the Multimatic DSSV shocks work, check out this previous article on the Chevy Colorado DSSV setup breakdown.

The Silverado ZR2 has an impressive approach angle of 31.8 degrees, thanks to its steel front bumper. This bumper was designed for increased durability and clearance, and with removable end caps the customer can get even more clearance or easily replace a damaged fender without replacing the entire bumper. It is also extremely easy for the aftermarket to adapt its own solutions to the truck. The departure angle is 23.3 degrees and the rollover angle is 23.4 degrees. Ground clearance is 11.2 inches, while payload and towing check in at 1,400 pounds and 8,900 pounds.

The upgrades don’t just stop at the functional hard parts, but extend to the ZR2’s styling, making it stand out from lesser Silverados. The ZR2 package includes a more aggressive hood thanks to a black hood insert, a ZR2-specific grille with integrated lighting, and the red-accented “flow-tie” emblem (or Chev-flow-let, if you will). ZR2 badging, 18-inch wheels and red tow hooks complete the package.

Inside, the ZR2 cabin benefits from the premium interior that is part of the 2022 Silverado mid-cycle refresh. features a huge 13.4-inch high-definition touchscreen and a new 12.3-inch configurable dashboard. An exclusive Jet Black and Greystone leather interior gives an all-business vibe inside the ZR2.

If you’ve ever tried the Colorado ZR2, the feel of the Silverado ZR2 will be very familiar to you. On the highway, the ride is incredibly tight, without being harsh. It’s a fine line that the Silverado does a good job of balancing. The steering is nicely weighted, and the brakes are powerful, easy to modulate, and offer one of the best pedal feel in the class.

In the dirt, the Silverado ZR2 does well on trails through technical sections and at high speeds with that big V-8 power, precise steering and powerful brakes. It’s compliant enough to crawl, and with front and rear lockers, a suite of cameras, and a 40.7:1 crawl ratio (though it could be deeper), it can hold its own in technical terrain and rocky. Our test rigs were equipped with accessory rock rails from Chevy, which should be included on any ZR2 that will see rough terrain.

Two riding modes are offered, “Terrain” and “Off-Road”, to help optimize the ZR2 for the off-road situation. With a one-pedal drive function, “Terrain” mode is perfect for more technical sections, while “Off-Road” mode is better for higher speeds. Like the Colorado ZR2, a long press of the ESC button shuts down electronic babysitters and lets the Silverado rock the party with easy-to-control slides and big sand perches, all at the discretion of the driver’s right foot.

At high speeds, the position-sensitive DSSV shocks come into their own and, like their Colorado counterparts, dissipate huge amounts of energy near the end of the travel. The shocks have a very unique feel. One could confuse the Silverado with hydraulic stops, which it does not have. Drivers would struggle to break jumps at anything other than ridiculous off-road speeds.

Thanks to DSSV technology, the Silverado almost always feels dialed (there are times at the edge of the envelope where you can induce some suspension harshness) and unlike some competitors, the suspension is front-balanced. out back, with enough rear rebound valving to control the rear axle and avoid hitting. Secondary motions are also well dampened, meaning Silverado is a driver’s vehicle that’s always ready for the next corner, not trying to settle past the last.

Overall, the Silverado ZR2 is a truck we could easily imagine as a daily driver, equipped for overland travel or chasing a run in the local desert. He’s a jack-of-all-trades who’s competent and personable in just about any situation. The performance exhaust reminds us of all that’s good with a V-8 pickup, and we can’t help but think this might be one of the last chances to own a truck like this. With a starting price of $67,600, plus a destination fee of $1,695, it’s worth a look to get yourself one of the last of a breed.

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2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Specifications

LAYOUT Front Engine Truck, 4WD, 5 Pass, 4 Door
ENGINE 6.2L/420 hp/460 lb-ft 16-valve OHV V8 engine
TRANSMISSION 10-speed hydraulic automatic
WHEELBASE 147.5 inches
L x W x H 232.8 x 81.2 x 78.7 inches
EPA FUEL ECONOMY 14/17/15 mpg (east)
EPA RANGE, COMB 360 miles


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