What GM promises with the upcoming 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is a worthy competitor to the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro beyond paved roads. Combined with the 181hp, 369lb-ft torque 2.8L Duramax engine, it is meant to hit the top-selling Tacoma where it’s strongest.

The Detroit automaker doesn’t stop there. It intends for the Colorado ZR2 to approximate the appeal of the Ford F-150 Raptor through the use of a special suspension system from the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 called Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve.

Though it’s not adjustable like the automaker’s own MagneRide dampers, GM uses this spool valve damping setup to help the Colorado ZR2 perform like the high-speed desert-running F-150 Raptor, but probably not as fast. Blue Oval’s performance pickup uses special shocks from off-road specialist Fox.

What drivers could expect from the Multimac shocks is precise wheel control when traversing harsh and uneven terrain, with great ride quality that offers plenty of comfort to boot. It would be intriguing to see how the Colorado ZR2 fares against the Tacoma TRD Pro.

Staff Reporter

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