The aggressively styled 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 lets everyone know this isn’t an ordinary half-ton pickup truck. While it’s not as extreme as the high-flying Ford F-150 Raptor or the 700-plus-hp Ram 1500 TRX, the ZR2 is the most formidable full-size truck in Chevy’s showroom. Along with its intimidating appearance, it has a 420-hp V-8, rides on 33-inch-tall tires, and features a tricked-out suspension.2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Under the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2‘s bulging hood is the same naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 that’s available in the regular Silverado 1500. The engine makes 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque and pairs with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Every ZR2 features a four-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer case and electronic-locking front and rear differentials. Stabilizing the truck’s 18-inch wheels, which are shod with gnarly 33-inch off-road tires, is a specially tuned suspension that includes high-performance spool-valve dampers.

The truck’s underside is protected by a unique skid plate package, and Chevy says the ZR2’s high-mounted steel bumper provides a 31.8-degree approach angle, which is more than what’s offered on the similarly lifted Silverado Trail Boss models.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Inside, the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 has a slick-looking dashboard that features a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument panel next to a massive 13.4-inch touchscreen. The cabin includes leather-trimmed seats and sporty dark trim. Between the front buckets is a center console that features a T-shaped electronic shifter.

The ZR2 is only available in a crew-cab body style, so there’s expansive passenger space, particularly in the back seat. Those who plan on carrying more stuff in the cargo box will want to opt for the longer standard-length bed versus the short bed.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Every Silverado has a suite of standard driver-assistance technology and there are an assortment of optional assists that make driving and even towing more carefree.

For more information about the Silverado’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

 

 

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