First Test of the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2: Hiding in the Giants’ Shadows

In a competition to see which car company has the biggest and toughest trucks, 

Chevy’s newest model needs more power and a wider stance to be as impressive as Ford and Ram’s trucks.


 You can easily tell the difference just by looking at them.

 The 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2 doesn’t look as rugged as the Ford F-150 Raptor R or the Ram 1500 TRX. It doesn’t have big tires or flashy stickers like the others.

The Large-Displacement, Little-Block Enigma 

The ZR2 truck doesn’t have a super powerful engine like other trucks, but it has special shock absorbers called Multimatic spool-valve dampers that make it stand out. 

These dampers help the truck ride smoothly over bumps and jumps by controlling the fluid flow inside them. 

They are designed to work well no matter how long the truck has been used, and they can handle big impacts without getting damaged.

The ZR2 is really good at driving off-road, but what’s even more surprising is that it’s also really good at driving on regular roads. 


The special dampers it has help it stay in control and not shake too much. Even when going around corners or on bumpy roads, the ZR2 stays steady and doesn’t feel too heavy, even though it’s a really big and heavy truck.

 This might be because it’s built really strong and doesn’t have the same problems as other trucks.

The Ford F-150 shakes and bends more than the Silverado, but you might not notice it as much because of the Raptor’s soft suspension. 

The Silverado truck is really good at a lot of different things because the engineers who designed it used special technology called Multimatic dampers. 

The team who worked on the ZR2 version of the truck did a great job tuning it 

so it can do things like off-roading, towing, hauling, and driving around town all with just one setting.

 It’s not common for a truck to be able to do all those things so well with just one adjustment.

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A Truck’s Track Width Is Just One Thing 

The Silverado ZR2 is a special kind of pickup truck that looks different from other trucks that like to drive on sand dunes and jump over bumps.

 It looks a bit like a cartoon because its body is not as wide and its tires are not

 as big as other trucks, but it has a big and tough-looking front end and it sits really high up off the ground. 

We wish it looked more like the tough trucks from Ford and Ram, but the ZR2 is still something to be happy about.

Even though it may not have the same reputation as the Raptor or TRX, the Silverado ZR2 can go off-road much better than its size suggests.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2 Specifications
VEHICLE LAYOUTFront-engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door truck
ENGINE6.2L direct-injected OHV 16-valve 90-degree V-8
POWER (SAE NET)420 hp @ 5,600 rpm
TORQUE (SAE NET)460 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm
TRANSMISSION10-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)5,789 lb (56/44%)
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT232.8 x 81.2 x 78.7 in
0-60 MPH6.1 sec
QUARTER MILE14.6 sec @ 95.1 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH132 ft
MT FIGURE EIGHT29.2 sec @ 0.57 g (avg)
EPA RANGE, COMB360 miles

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