maybe they should call it the "triceratops"

Chevrolet May Be Planning to Destroy the Ford Raptor


September 29, 2019 Cars By

For the last decade, Ford’s F-150 Raptor has largely owned the badass full-size off-road pickup truck market. Ram has its Rebel and Power Wagon, but neither delivers quite the same level of high-speed terrain-crushing capability; like the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, those rigs are made more for traditional off-roading than the free-wheeling fun that is the Raptor’s milieu. Chevrolet has the Colorado ZR2 and ZR2 Bison, but while they offer Raptor-like off-road upgrades, the Colorado is a full size smaller than a regular F-150, let alone the wider, beefier Raptor.

The Raptor’s reign as the fiercest predator in the pickup ecosystem may be about to end, however. A new report claims Chevrolet is currently hard at work developing a version of the Silverado designed to take the fight to FoMoCo’s toughest truck.

According to Muscle Cars and Trucks, the new all-terrain truck will be called the Chevrolet Silverado ZRX. If the name reminds you of the ZR2, well, that’s likely intentional; MC&T‘s report suggests that the new truck will largely use the same sort of recipe GM applied to its midsize off-road truck. The Silverado ZRX will reportedly pick up a rock-hopping suspension featuring the same sort of delightful Multimatic DSSV dampers that deliver a remarkable blend of comfort and capability in the ZR2, as well as locking differentials for both front and rear axles, and a host of other upgrades and changes to improve its capabilities beyond the pavement, including tweaks that improve approach and departure angles.

Power upgrades aren’t in the cards, according to the report. Then again, it doesn’t really need them to battle the Raptor; the Silverado’s current top-tier engine, a 6.2-liter V8, is a variant of the engine found in the Camaro and Corvette, cranking out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet. (It’s also tied to the same 10-speed automatic used in the F-150 Raptor, as that transmission was a joint Ford/GM project.)

That motor would put the ZRX in a similar league as the Raptor — though the Ford’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 still would have the edge with its 450 horses and 510 pound-feet of torque. Then again, given that the ZRX is reportedly slated to arrive for the 2022 model year, GM has plenty of time to squeeze a little more power out of its fabled small-block.

If all this is true — and it sounds like a solid money-making gambit to us — Chevrolet won’t be alone in pursuing Ford’s ferocious truck. Ram is currently hard at work whipping up a Raptor-fighter called the TRX (get it?) that combines off-road goodies with the supercharged Hellcat motor that makes a bare minimum of 707 horsepower everywhere it goes. Rumor has it Ford may ultimately counter that by packing the Raptor’s engine bay with its new 7.3-liter V8 known internally as “Godzilla,” thus pushing the saurian one-upsmanship about as far as it can go.

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