Means a V8 for Chevrolet Colorado
By: Mike Levine
© 2007 PickupTruck.com
a long time coming.
tell PickupTruck.com that the Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup is
going to receive a V8 next year - the same small block 5.3-liter 295-horsepower
/ 317 lb-ft motor that will power it's Shreveport stable mate, the 2008
Hummer H3 Alpha. Both
trucks are assembled in the same Louisiana factory, along with the
Colorado's midsize corporate twin, the GMC Canyon.
confirm the new engine option, GM spokespersons told us only to, "stay
tuned." No other information, denial, or verification was provided.
2007 Colorado offers buyers a choice of two engines: the Vortec 2900
2.9-liter inline-four cylinder rated at 185-hp / 190 lb-ft or the Vortec
3700 3.7-liter 242-hp / 242 lb-ft inline-five cylinder.
V8 to the Colorado would position it favorably power-wise with the
Dodge Dakota, the only midsize pickup that currently offers a V8.
year 2008, Dakota is getting a heavily updated 4.7-liter
V8 that Dodge says will produce 290-horsepower and 320 lb-ft.
5.3-liter V8 would also give Colorado bragging rights over the number
one selling Toyota
Tacoma (236-hp / 266 lb-ft) midsize pickup and number
two selling Ford
Ranger, which overtook the Colorado last month in
2007 sales volumes.
of a V8 for GM's small pickups date back to the Colorado's
predecessor, the S-10 compact truck.
Chevrolet brought its S-10 V8 Xtreme
Concept to the SEMA show in Las
Vegas as a promo for the S-10 Xtreme factory body and suspension
kit. GM legendary performance guru Jon Moss and his team of powertrain
wizards gave the V8 Xtreme Concept a 350 cubic inch (5.7-liter)
LT1 Corvette powerplant. It was
rated at 340-hp and 370 lb-ft and was mated to a four-speed auto gearbox.
when Colorado replaced the S-10, the 420-hp Cruz
up out of the blue sporting a 6.2-liter eight cylinder engine and six
speed manual transmission. It was built by GM's Performance Division
to showcase design talents and engineering expertise. But it also showed
that the Colorado platform could hold a V8, even if the truck looked
like it had been spray painted around the engine.
last year another Colorado V8 went to SEMA. The Chevrolet Colorado
Crew Cab Z71 Plus Concept was a heavily disguised look at the powertrain
we're expecting production Colorados to receive next year, though the
Plus Concept had a more powerfully tuned version of the 5.3-liter V8
capable of 320-hp and paired with a heavy duty 4L65 four-speed automatic.