• Which V6 Is Faster? Chevy Colorado ZR2 or Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon (Drag Race Week)


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    Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon vs Chevy Colorado ZR2

    Which off-roader is faster? Will it be the new Chevy Colorado ZR2 crew cab with the 3.6L gas V6, or the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon with a 3.6L gas V6?

    The Recon edition of the Wrangler is the most off-road worthy Jeep JK you can currently purchase from the factory. It has a half inch lift, stronger Dana 44 axles, cast differential covers, bigger rock sliders, and more. It’s powered by a familiar 3.6L Pentastar V6 that is good for 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. A 5-speed automatic transmission does the shifting.

    The Chevy Colorado ZR2 uses a recently redesigned 3.6L V6 that is rated at 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. This gas V6 is backed up by an 8-speed automatic transmission. The ZR2 is the most off-road worthy Chevy pickup truck due to its specialize suspension that gives the truck a higher ground clearance and wider stance. The ZR2 also offers rock sliders for additional off-road protection.

    Here are the other matchups:

    Episode 1: Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.

    Episode 2: Ram 1500 Sport vs Ram Power Wagon.

    Check out this Episode 3 of 7.


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    22 thoughts on “Which V6 Is Faster? Chevy Colorado ZR2 or Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon (Drag Race Week)

    1. I’d still take the diesel ZR2 and take off the wheels and put on some regular wheels. I’d use the stock big wheels for off-roading or sell them and get bigger steelies.

    2. ZR2 wins. Another predictable result.

      Vehicle…………….HP………Wt……….HP.Wt……ADC*
      ZR2………………..308…….4671………0.66……0.45 (est)
      Wrangler…………285…….4521………0.63…….0.50

      * = Aerodynamic Drag Coefficient

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        1. We don’t know, if is it typo ,or not, but new , not introduced inline 4 turbo Wrangler has 368Hp and 8 speed. That would be a completely different outcome in this dragrace.

            1. No, 368 could very well be true. It could be a turbocharged engine or even the same engine with an electric motor to bring it up to 368.

              A hybrid with electric motors would be a perfect application for rock crawling low end torque no matter the elevation, and doing it without a turbo.

            2. 2.0 Turbo with 368 HP would be a far reach if its not electric assisted or something. Its not impossible, mercedes did it with the AMG CLA45, but that is a luxury car with a starting price of 50k.

        2. ADDITION / ANOTHER CORRECTION – – –

          Vehicle…………….HP………Wt……….HP/Wt……ADC*……# Trans Speeds
          ZR2……………….308…….4671………0.066…….0.45(est)…….8
          Wrangler………285…….4521…….0.063…….0.50…….5

          * = Aerodynamic Drag Coefficient

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    3. So far I am 3 for 3 with picking these, although as Bernie said they haven’t been hard to pick so far. To be fair to the Jeep it was up against a much newer product in the ZR2. Put the ZR2 up against the JL or Scrambler when it finally gets here and that will be a much fairer fight.

      1. There is no special powertrain in the zr2, it’s just the run of the mill setup, like the Wrangler. This was a fair race, the Pentastar is just very outdated. Even the updated Pentastar that just got released doesn’t have DI.

        1. Not having DI is not the worst thing in the world…it makes the fuel system simpler and less expensive to repair; and the engine easier to work on. It also eliminates the possibility of carbon build up on the back of the intake valves.

    4. The ZR2 is actually set up better to use its HP. Very little lag now compared to the Tacomas throttle step in and the Old Colorado engine lag. They sacrificed some mpg to do it but at least it drives as expected now with 308 HP. Still a bit slow though, it could do even better with that HP but this is a big improvement over the first V6 in the Colorado

        1. The V6/8speed is a nice combo for sure. It had plenty of low end grunt so I never needed to get into it very hard, but it can move if it wanted too.

    5. I wish you would tell the rear end ratio in each of the drag race vehicles and not just the horsepower and torque.

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