• Old vs. New Off-Road Technology: 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs. 1985 Chevy K10 Big Green (Video)


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    Old vs. New: 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs. 1985 Chevy K10

    What does 32 years of off-road technology progress at Chevrolet look like? We put the all-new 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 side-by-side with our 1985 Chevy K10 “Big Green” project truck.

    Big Green is riding on a basic four-inch lift with blocks. It’s rough riding, but offers lots of ground clearance and great approach and departure angles. The classic 4×4 Chevy is rolling on 35-inch Mickey Thompson tires. It has a manually locking front hubs and lever-operated transfer case.

    The Colorado ZR2 is packed full of latest technology. It’s wider and taller than a regular Colorado. It’s riding on 31-inch Goodyear Duratrac tires, and uses special position-sensitive spool valve shock absorbers. It also has electrically locking front and rear differentials.

    Check out the two trucks here!


    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

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    22 thoughts on “Old vs. New Off-Road Technology: 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs. 1985 Chevy K10 Big Green (Video)

    1. Whoohoo got the pole!

      I’ll read this article later.

      As veteran I wanna thank all them families who lost their love ones for the freedoms that we have to day. For those heros that didn’t come. Thank you. You will not be for gotten.

      Have great memorial day!

    2. Whoohoo got the pole!

      I’ll read this article later.

      As veteran I wanna thank all them families who lost their love ones for the freedoms that we have to day. For those heros that didn’t come home. Thank you. You will not be for gotten.

      Have great memorial day!

      1. Marc – – –

        Thank you for your service.
        I’m a vet too.
        We did a memorial prayer service in our chapel this morning, and then went to the local city cemetery to place flowers on”flagged” graves. (The flags were already done by the VFW.)

        This day is always a rough one. Guess you’re old enough (or others here) who can remember Viet Nam. Lost too many close guys: — the “best and the brightest”….

        You said: “For those heros that didn’t come home. Thank you. You will not be for gotten.”
        And I say, AMEN. Not while I’m alive…

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        1. Two tours in RVN for me.Both in air cav units.70-71-72
          There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t think about my brothers. For guys like us,everyday is Memorial Day. Well,for me at least.

          1. Hi Lochief – – –

            No, not just for you. And you’re absolutely right. This is something that my son, even at his age 42, simply doesn’t understand: every day for me is a Memorial Day too. And when I refer to “brothers”, — as in (literally) blood brothers, like shared blood — he listens patiently, but with a blank expression.
            Guess describing that time is like trying to describe a nightmare vision of Hell: there are no words that work just right.
            So, I just shut up and don’t talk about it any more…

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            1. Het Bernie,
              Some of my kids are like that too.But they never served either,so they wouldn’t understand what it takes,and what we have to give.Welcome home brother.

    3. Well Chevy did a great thing here. I hope it pays off for them and im betting it will. I hope they take it further and add the 6.2 V8 to a ZR2, call it a ZR28 or ZR2X or something and up the exterior styling and graphics. But this will likely put them in #1 spot for sales volume over the Tacoma if they can handle the volume.

      Memorial Day +1

    4. I know you can’t do it but I’d love to see those take on the Raptor or just the regular F150 on one of those Baja courses.

    5. Why all of the off road trucks. I could understand if this was the 1940s before modern roads. Get back to the basic s10 or Sonoma basic two wheel drive work trucks not something that you need a stepladder to get into or a step stool to get your tools out of the back. Some people use these vehicles for practically ( work & earning money) not show & tell. I hope Ford makes the classic Ranger like they used to because I will buy one of them even though I have owned GMC & Chevy most all of my life.

      1. You can get a Colorado in a base package that sits a lot lower if you want. Some people like to get off the beaten path a little more than a stock Colorado allows.

      2. Not sure what are you ranting about. Stock height trucks are available at Chevy website. Kudos for Chevy for making ZR2.

        1. Some people just need something to bitch about. The ZR2 is primarliy a street truck that happens to do well off road. Chevy makes a Colorado WT (Work Truck) specifically for “work and earning money” so why would he wait for a Ford? I smell a troll.

          1. I think its new Toyota Tacoma owners just trying to be relevant. Front/Rear lockers + Diesel is a ultimate offroad setup. Way better than what fake offroader wannabe (Toyota TRD pro) offers.

    6. Thxs for nice comments, but the didn’t come home deserve more.

      I sure like to visit that museam.

      Nice looking panaramic shots. Co sure is beautiful.

      Boy trucks sure did come a long way, but the price is sure painful to look at.

      1. Much too expensive union machines.

        We need to mass produce trucks like we mass produce circuit boards, and we will get better quality, power, payload, towing, reliability, efficiency, safety and simplicity.

        Diesel range extenders to the rescue to all the world!

      2. Trucks haven’t come along near enough.
        America means BETTER, CHEAPER, FASTER.
        Marxists have gotten us COMPLEX, EXPENSIVE, FATTER.

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