You would think that, given the popularity Ford has found for the F-150 SVT Raptor, its crosstown rivals would be all too keen to follow suit. But they haven't. The Ram Runner isn't a production truck, it's an add-on, and General Motors has barely even tried. That might change, but not in the way you might think.

Rather than tackle the Raptor on common ground, word has it that Chevrolet is preparing a different kind of performance off-road truck. A lighter one, based on the forthcoming midsize Colorado. Details are scarce (and could prove entirely speculative), but the self-styled experts at GM Authority report that a hardcore Colorado is in the works, potentially taking its lead from the Colorado Rally Concept and picking up some customers lost by the demise of the Hummer H3T but reviving the ZR2 trim plate.

GM Authority goes on to speculate that the lighter package could allow GM to use a smaller, potentially turbocharged V6 engine instead of the big V8 in the Raptor while still giving it an optimal power-to-weight ratio. After all, the Raptor may pack over 400 horsepower, but it also weighs over 6,000 pounds.

Of course, as we haven't seen any mules or prototypes of such a vehicle running around or heard word of it out of GM formally or otherwise, we're going to take this rumor with a whole shaker full of salt, and we advise you do the same.



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      Rob
      • 5 Months Ago
      ZR2 would be epic. I had my S10 ZR2 and really missed that truck. Thing floated on sand dunes like it was nothing.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 5 Months Ago
      Turbo V6 + 6MT. Nissan and Toyota have a V6 6MT in this class ( including NISMO, 4X, and TRD versions). You should too.
        Chris O.
        • 5 Months Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        An LF3 + TR6060 (or 6070) sounds nice, but I'm not sure how many takers they'd have. the 6MT (or 7MT) would be nice for rock crawling, but I'm not sure about a V6TT. I've never tried off-roading with a turbo'd vehicle, but I would think that you'd want the throttle response of a NA motor for low-speed off-roading. If you were going with FI, then I would think you'd elect to go with a supercharger (like the old Frontier) for the same reason.
      Garrett
      • 5 Months Ago
      When I saw the new Canyon/Colorado, I really felt GM had a winner making them look like mini-Silverado/Sierra's. I don't require a full size truck, my 02 Tundra is way more than I need. Although a performance oriented small truck, that's an idea I could get behind! It doesn't need to be as intense as a Raptor if it helps keep the costs down. One of these would look sweet next to my s2000!
      Karfreek
      • 5 Months Ago
      Flashbacks to 10 years ago when Chevy hyped up the Silverado SS as a Lightning contender and then gave us a 6-Liter AWD plastic cladded pig. Fool me once...
      JustinB
      • 5 Months Ago
      I literally just told my wife last night that if GM can make a medium size truck, off-road capability and a nice interior i would trade my Sliverado for it in a heartbeat. They have to price these trucks right. I went with the big truck last time because it was lower cost than the small truck after rebate. If they don't put enough distance between the prices it will be a repeat of last time.
      Thomas Minshall
      • 5 Months Ago
      First let's clear something up when Ford introduced the Raptor in 2010 it was designed for Baja style racing to actually be able to run the Baja 500 and 1000 in stock form with minimal upgrades that the rules call for in that type of racing. Yes it is wide and probly have trouble with some off road trails but still do alot of other off road trails. Now whether or not GM actually makes this vehicle makes no difference to me. I like my Fords always have and always will. If they do it will not be in competion with the Raptor maybe price wise cause GM will have price it to recoup the cost of building it if they want to do the same as the Raptor in Performance ability.
        Ryan Clarke
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Thomas Minshall
        Yeah people who got the trucks and tried to act like they drove in baja had a good time replacing 70 percent of the truck when they jumped it and broke them in half. This truck wouldn't do 5% of a baja race.
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Ryan Clarke
          If you drive it like a trophy truck and hit 1ft tall kickers at speeds in excess of 100mph, you're lucky that all you ended up with was a bent frame. Have you seen the video where 8 of the guys on a Raptor Run bent their frames on the same obstacle? http://youtu.be/6eK-1Ld7sJY?t=1m2s The energy has to go somewhere, other options include: truck rear end flying into the air uncontrollably, shock mounts breaking, axle breaking, or something worse. At least it didn't leave them stranded and didn't kill or injure the occupants.
      Scooter
      • 5 Months Ago
      The Raptor gives good performance but terrible MPG's. Its not really as fast it would seem, but does look wickedly cool. Although it seems to have a high turnover rate. I see so many of these things on used lots with very low mileage. If Gm wants to get in on this game, I would stress to them that they make it look cool. I promise you that Raptors popularity has much to do with its wider fenders, unique grille and graphics.
        ndcart
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Scooter
        Why do you think that is? I see them all over the place on used car lots as well. Just seems strange.
          montoym
          • 5 Months Ago
          @ndcart
          Because the buyers realize the lack of utility in a wide pickup with a big engine that gives you low MPGs but doesn't give you the payload and towing numbers that you'd expect from such an engine. They are bought because they look cool, but they aren't very good at being trucks honestly.
      Andrew Berardinelli
      • 5 Months Ago
      GM could use another Syclone
      ebn.hahn
      • 5 Months Ago
      Yeah, Pee Wee Herman Taking on Arnold S. or Tony Atlass.....
      Justin Campanale
      • 5 Months Ago
      They should offer a 3.6 turbo with 400+ HP in this truck with a 6 speed manual. There you have it, a new Syclone.
        carguy1701
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        I actually think this would be a better use of their resources.
      yonomo200
      • 5 Months Ago
      How the hell would a Colorado (mid size truck) compete with the Raptor?
        carguy1701
        • 5 Months Ago
        @yonomo200
        Ford doesn't have anything smaller than the F-150 in this market, plus it MIGHT be slightly better on gas.
        v6sonoma
        • 5 Months Ago
        @yonomo200
        Well a lot of people buy a truck like the Raptor don't buy it for it's towing capacity so much as they do for it's performance. A smaller truck that's more economical and yet has better performance off road that still has 1,200lbs bed capacity and 7,000lbs towing would be an attractive option. It would compete against it in the middle of the segment yet they each would grab those customers at the far ends of their respective spectrums. I think it's a great idea. Of course a lot comes down to pricing. Something I haven't seen for any of the Colorado lineup yet.
          jtav2002
          • 5 Months Ago
          @v6sonoma
          And the funny thing is, the Raptor doesn't have all that high of a towing capacity for a full size. It's significantly less than other trimmed 6.2L F150's mainly due to the long travel suspension set up.
          carguy1701
          • 5 Months Ago
          @v6sonoma
          >new Syclone I am all for this.
          yonomo200
          • 5 Months Ago
          @v6sonoma
          Fair enough.
      Bender Rodriguez
      • 5 Months Ago
      This truck looks great, I don't even want it setup to fight the Raptor. Just make it look like the red one pictured, make it solid, dependable, and price it right. We'll be right down with the money.
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