Off-Roading

Add this equipment to your Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 to make it desert racing ready

Chevy is offering off-road equipment that can turn your off-roader into a desert prowler.

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The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is a mean mother, on- and off-road. The ZR2 Bison is even more so.

To prove its prowess, Chevrolet teamed up with Hall Racing for 11 Best of the Desert races totaling 3,275 miles of terrain covered. Out of the 434 vehicle that competed in those 11 races, only four have completed each of them. The production-based Hall Racing ZR2 is one of them.

"Our goal with the Best in the Desert competition is to push the engineering and development of the Colorado platform in the most extreme conditions imaginable," said Mark Dickens, chief engineer, Government Programs, Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports. "We've already learned things over the past two years that have shaped our off-road portfolio, including the performance parts and motorsports catalog, production vehicles and GM Defense projects."

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Hall Racing has put the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison to the ultimate test in the desert.

Driver Chad Hall's vehicle began its life as a traditional ZR2 Bison, right off the assembly line. From there, the truck was modified with prototype suspension and driveline parts. Those components now make up 15 factory parts that are available to customers via the Chevrolet performance catalogue.

Additionally, Hall Racing added a 1.5-inch body lift System, font and rear jounce shock systems, a ZR2 steel driveshaft, plunging ball spline half shaft system, and severe duty tie rod sleeve systems.

Further upgardes include skid plates on the engine, transmission, and differential as well as other American Expedition Vehicles Colorado accessories like Crestone DualSport beadlock wheels and a snorkel for air filtration while racing in dusty climates.

The first review of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is in.

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It's an icon and a supercar and it's been long-awaited. The eighth generation of this American thoroughbred, dubbed the "C8", has hit the streets for a fortunate few auto testers, however a huge host of passionate enthusiasts will be delighted to hear that the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be on sale soon.

This Chevrolet Corvette has been radically reimagined for the 2020 model year with a new mid-engine platform, modernized fighter jet-inspired styling, and a collection of new technologies and features that make it not only faster, but more comfortable and fun to drive. Competitors include the Acura NSX, Audi R8, and Porsche 911.

General Motors' halo car boasts its own museum and will continue to attract its core fan base; many have owned several Corvettes and Chevrolet hopes to lure new performance-minded buyers seeking Corvette's pristine weight distribution and the type of agility typically reserved for six-figure supercars.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette The Corvette's looks are inspired by a fighter jet.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

It comes in 3 trims; 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT. Savvy Corvette owners are already thinking about Grand Sport and ZR1 versions. A convertible version comes next year.

The newest model is lean, muscular, and athletic with canopy-forward exterior styling that adapts many quintessential Corvette design features. Longer, lower and wider, it wears an updated front end that hides a mini trunk for cargo. Side air intakes for engine cooling are the focal point of the profile, while dual LED taillights sport animated turn signals and sit above the quad tailpipes. The rear hatch glass cleverly showcases the engine.

Corvette's next-generation 6.2-liter V8 is the only naturally-aspirated engine in the mid-engine sports car segment. It produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque and moves the Stingray Z51 from 0-60 in 2.8 seconds with bigger brakes, an electronic limited-slip differential and performance suspension/traction management. A new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission is backed by paddle shifters and can be motivated for six different driving parameters: weather, tour, sport and track, My Mode, and Z Mode.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette engine The Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter V8.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

The driver-focused upscale interior features a customizable digital instrument panel and slender vertical ventilation slots. Hand-wrapped leather, thick press stitching, real metal, and carbon fiber fill the interior, depending on trim.

There are three seat options, a Corvette-first. Standard are GT1s with eight-way power; GT2 brings heated/ventilated surfaces; Competition and Sport adds bolstering for aggressive motoring.

The 2LT trims get a front curb camera view, heated steering wheel, and available GT2 seats in Napa leather while 3LTs are adorned in a leather-wrapped interior, with 13 colors choices, suede trim and GT2 seats.

A new squared-off, two-spoke steering wheel allows for an unobstructed view of the 12-inch reconfigurable cluster display.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette interior The cabin of the Corvette has been the subject of much consternation.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

A rear stowage area has been carved out to hold two sets of golf clubs.

Corvette's next-generation infotainment system is faster and simpler, with a higher resolution display. Chevy is offering one-touch Bluetooth pairing with Near Field Communication, wireless charging, and improved real-time traffic. Buyers get a choice of two new Bose audio systems: a standard 10-speaker premium system or a 14-speaker Bose Performance Series (2LTs and 3LTs).

The industry-pioneering Performance Data Recorder is an advanced driving analysis tool upgraded with a high-definition resolution camera that joins with the new, in-vehicle user interface to record circuit and point-to-point road courses.

Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, stability control, side-impact airbags, and a security system with an ignition disable device that prevents the engine from starting without the original manufacturer key.

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette will be on sale in early 2020 and will start just under $60,000. Buyers who desire the more heightened-race-feel and engineering of the Z51 Performance Package will need to spend an additional $5,000, while enthusiasts that want added luxury appointments should look at top-end models; 3LTs start near $72,000.

The Chevrolet Corvette has been completely redesigned for the 2020 model year and for some, the fresh body, face, and engine layout is controversial.

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The mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette was revealed in mid-2019, timed to coincide with the anniversary of the first NASA missions, whose astronauts helped launch the Corvette as a sexy sports car in the minds of the American people fifty years ago. The mid-engine layout is controversial but the low price tag is not. Love it or hate it, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is here.

This slideshow covers the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

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The 2020 Corvette keeps its engine directly behind the driver.

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette starts at $59,995. The 1LT will start at $59,995, the 2LT trim package will start at $67,295, and the top-level 3LT trim package will start at $71,945. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray goes into production at GM's Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky in late 2019.