Silverado ZR2 Concept - SEMA 2009 unveil

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by ChevyFan, Nov 4, 2009.


What's your opinion of the Silverado ZR2 concept?

  1. Awesome, beats the Ford Raptor hands-down.

    161 vote(s)
  2. It's nice, but only about the same as the Ford Raptor.

    31 vote(s)
  3. It's a dud, I'd take the Ford Raptor anyday.

    18 vote(s)
  1. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    Silverado ZR2 Concept
    GM reveals new Silverado ZR2 concept truck at SERM 2009

    It was just a year ago - SEMA 2008 to be exact - that Ford grabbed the headlines with their off-road warrior, the Raptor, and rightfully so to be honest. GM was in no position to compete with that vehicle at that time, but they did in fact respond in a year's time with a equally-impressive Silverado ZR2. What a difference a year makes.

    Chevy Silverado ZR2 Concept - Shown at SEMA 2009

    Powerplant? 550 HP LSA baby!
    It would not have been enough to just tweak the existing Silverado to offer a capable response to the Raptor, some serious upgrades are in order, while still keeping the overall visible Silverado appearance. The powerplant is a 6.2L supercharged LSA v8 cranking out 550 HP. This is the same engine found in the Cadillac CTS-V and it's matched up with the six speed auto transmission. It is very impressive and out-performs the 410 HP cranked out by the Raptor, although raw-power isn't everything, it is a LOT.

    Suspension & Appearance
    The suspension and off-road ride was adressed with a 4-inch lift and 20-inch wheels / 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler tires. Carbon-fiber is all over the Silverado ZR2. The grille, fender flares, hood, tailgate, rocker panels and more are all carbon fiber. Overall, the design of the Silverado provides clues to the next generation re-design of the Silverado itself. This appears to be a boxier front-end with more elongated and bolder features. The carbon-fiber is not likely to see production simply for cost reasons, however anything is possible and technology makes production cheaper all the time.

    While the Silverado ZR2 may only be a concept vehicle, many of the components inside it are available today - the LSA engine for example. Having multiple outlets for this technology will help to make it cheaper overall. An indepth comparison shows that the Silverado ZR2 is not exactly the same type of vehicle as the Ford Raptor, and that's ok, two different vehicles trying to provide off-road enthusiasts with the desired effect. We sure hope to see this put into the real-world sometime soon though.

    Ford Raptor - Shown at Dallas Auto Show 2009
  2. ippielb

    ippielb New Member

    Can't wait to see the truck when it's actually made.
  3. b_burdine

    b_burdine New Member

    Not too found of the color. But I do like the hood and the exhaust is pretty sick for sure.
  4. Megasaurus

    Megasaurus Member

    good styling, great engine and tranny, not too sure about how well it stacks-up for true offroad, but it's got a lot of power.
  5. disturbedvn

    disturbedvn New Member

    If they build it I will BUY!!!:great:
  6. Tommygunz

    Tommygunz New Member

    Its neat looking for sure.. but it is alot like the Raptor.. They could have tried to make it a little more unique looking in my opinion.
  7. BrokeEnthusiast

    BrokeEnthusiast New Member

    Might have to trade my truck in on one of these bad boys. Any ideas on when they might be out?

    I hope the brakes aren't too big so we can run smaller wheels than 20''. Id like to keep the wheels at 16'', fill that wheel gap with some fat mud tires.

    I like it a lot more than the Raptor but want to see more pictures
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2009
  8. Tommygunz

    Tommygunz New Member

    I actually find the 35" tire on a 20" rim almost balanced. Step it up one more inch or two on the tire and the balance would be perfect. Keep that wheel opening though. It would allow for a much bigger breaking surface to be employed.
  9. s5belford

    s5belford New Member

    can't wait to check one out in real life!
  10. shurshot

    shurshot New Member

    I agree that it looks too much like the Raptor! The design team could have done a lot better! I like everything else though, would love to see that engine in a true Lowered Ext cab SS!
  11. goleee33

    goleee33 New Member

    Hmm i think they need to do more upgrades to the suspension, other than just a standard lift kit. . . They need to increase suspension travel, put nice coil overs on it and make it able to perform off road like the raptor, I can throw a lift kit on any silverado, but if im going to pay the extra price for the ZR2 I want a well performing one. They should partner up with KING Shocks for this one IMO.
  12. Shorty 71

    Shorty 71 New Member

    I like it, can't wait to see it in person!
  13. ProzacKid

    ProzacKid New Member

    Wow, I'll take one please. I think the front end is overdone with black carbon fiber, and the colors do not match well, but who cares when you've got all that power?

  14. Megasaurus

    Megasaurus Member

    I would love to see some performance tests on this thing. 0-60 on a dirt track, watch it do some serious trial damage out in the desert too.
  15. CarpenterGuy

    CarpenterGuy New Member

    i would buy one in a heart beat. i would sell everything i had
  16. BLK-Z71

    BLK-Z71 New Member

    I want one bad!!
  17. eallanboggs

    eallanboggs New Member

    The GM LS series powerplant is so superior to anything Ford has to offer this conversation isn't worth having. Even with multi-overhead cams and 3 valves per cylinder Ford can't compete with the cam in block, pushrod, 2 valves per cylinder old school technology of the LS series. Ask yourself why this is true since it doesn't seem to make logical sense. It's in the flow numbers of the heads. Even with more cams and more valves the Ford heads can't flow like the LS heads. GM didn't have to step up to the 6.2 liter to beat the 410hp of the Ford. They could have easily beat that 410hp with a 6 liter with some CNCed heads and a bigger cam. I work on a lot of cars and trucks and a large percentage are Ford V8s. That's another thing Ford has going against it. The reliability of the Ford V8s isn't there when compared to the GM LS series V8s.
  18. bigburb

    bigburb New Member

    I haven't been a fan of Chevy's body styles in the past few years, but I gotta give GM props on this one - that thing looks AWESOME!! What I would pay to just drive one of them for a day... If I had the money I would buy one in a heartbeat!
  19. Numbnutz

    Numbnutz New Member

    I want one .... I wonder if I can talk the wife in to it
  20. mattpresley

    mattpresley New Member

    Its soooo Ugly!!! Let me get this straight. Being a chevy it will probably cost more than the raptor. its ugly and performs very similar. I'd take the raptor anyday hands down

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