On a recent trip to the Team O’Neil Rally School, Road & Track writers put the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 through its paces. This trip tested the Colorado ZR2 on and off the road over the course of a six-hour road trip heading to the rally school. During their stint at the rally school, the Colorado took on everything from skidpad test to off-road rally stages through the forest.
The Team O’Neil Rally School has been around since 1997 to teach people how to perform off-road. This 600-acre stretch in New Hampshire contains forests, rally stages, off-road courses, and skidpad facilities. They offer courses on winter driving, off-roading, and drifting there, as well as multi-day rally prep schools. Whether you’re there to learn some new driving skills or test the limits on a new truck, it’s the perfect place to run the gamut.
This particular road test spanned from midtown Manhattan to the Team O’Neil Rally School, covering 335 miles. On the road, the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 offers a much more comfortable, cushy ride than you expect from a truck. It doesn’t have the loud wind noise, sensitive ride, or heavy steering that characterizes many body-on-frame vehicles. Instead, the ZR2’s advanced segment-exclusive Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve dampers work hard even when you’re not off-roading. The Multimatic system creates an amazingly adaptable damping system that adjusts on the fly, to whatever conditions you’re in. On the road, it handles like a car and absorbs bumps and potholes like they’re nothing.
Some more on-road testing had the Road & Track team even more enamored with the DSSV dampers. Not only did they make a journey over winter-cracked pavement smooth sailing, they also give the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 amazing handling qualities. It shrugs off huge potholes without translating the impact to the cabin. It also tackles high-speed sweepers and tight corners with hardly any body roll. With the additional help from direct steering and strong brakes, this aggressive-looking off-roader offers handling that’s more along the lines of a performance-tuned crossover.
Once the test group left the pavement, the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 could really show off. Despite its highly advances suspension system, the ZR2 prefers an old-school approach to driving modes, with no electronically-controlled options. Instead of terrain modes, the driver chooses the basics of power flow between 2HI, 4HI, or 4LO. It’s also up to you to dedicate the front and rear differential lockers. On the snow-covered rally stages in New Hampshire, the team had some fun kicking the ZR2’s tail out and running up and down slippery, hilly sections. Spending the course in 4HI gear made the ZR2 both predictable and unstoppable on the snow.
On the slalom course, the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 proved to be incredibly maneuverable, too. Bumps and hills provided no obstacle: the ZR2 is built ready to take on Baja. This midsize truck was easy to place, and flinging it around the cone-marked trail proved how nimble it could be. Once again, the Multimatic suspension system plays a huge part in the ZR2’s agile handling with its instant adaptability. Then, the ZR2 got to show off a little more through the tree-lined rally courses at Team O’Neil. Its ability to shrug off obstacles and pitch around tight turns make the ZR2 a heady combination of fast, tough, and fun. As it turns out, the Colorado ZR2 is just as much fun ploughing through snow-covered rally course as it is racing through deserts or mountain trails.
2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 For Sale in Forest Lake, MN
If you’re interested in this adaptable, awesome off-road truck, come check one out in person here in Forest Lake, MN! Our friendly, knowledgeable sales team is here to answer any questions you have about the ZR2’s capabilities, features, and options. You can check out our 2018 Chevrolet Colorado inventory online to see all the configurations, trims, colors, and options we have in stock. Give us a call when you spot one you love! We’ll set you up with a test drive and help get you behind the wheel right away. Plus, all of our new vehicles and most of our used ones include our free Lifetime Powertrain Warranty to help protect your new off-roader. Stop by and visit us near North Branch, Roseville, and White Bear Lake today!
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