• Which Off-Roader is Faster? Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs Ram Power Wagon Video: (Ep. 6 of 7)

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    Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs Ram Power Wagon

    The new Chevy Colorado ZR2 and the Ram Power Wagon are very different, but they also have a few things in common. The ZR2 is a V6-powered midsize truck, and the Power Wagon is 3/4-ton heavy duty with a giant HEMI V8. They are both off-road specialty pickup trucks that are equipped with a front and rear locking differentials from the factory. No other pickup truck for sale in the United States is available with two diff lockers from the factory. Both of these trucks ride on Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires (31-inch on the ZR2 and 33-in on the Power Wagon).

    Yes, these are beastly off-road trucks, but most of these spend a majority of their time on pavement as daily drivers. Which one is faster?

    The 3.6L V6 in the Colorado ZR2 is rated at 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque that is backed up by an 8-speed automatic transmission. You can also get this V6 and transmission in other Chevy Colorado models.

    The Power Wagon is equipped with a 6.4L HEMI V8 that produces 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed transmission does the shifting in the big Ram.

    Here are the other matchups:

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

    Episode 2: Ram 1500 Sport vs Ram Power Wagon.

    Episode 3: Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon.

    Episode 4: Ram 1500 Sport vs Ford SVT Raptor.

    Episode 5: Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro vs Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon.

    How do these two stack up against each other? Check out this Episode 6 of 7.

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

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    37 thoughts on “Which Off-Roader is Faster? Chevy Colorado ZR2 vs Ram Power Wagon Video: (Ep. 6 of 7)

    1. I’m sorry guys, but we already have the numbers from the previous runs. Is it REALLY necessary to match up each vehicle to every other?

      I mean, if I had 1320 feet of pavement and all those trucks at my disposal… yeah I’d be matching them all up too just for the heck of it

      1. Sorry if this is a duplicate message but….. I’m on a layover in Hong Kong trying to get through Chinese internet… Andre, You have gotten ZR2 information before any other journalists. Thanks. Now, I’m getting fragmented information about two new ZR2s. One called the Midnight Special Edition and another called the Dusk. Neither are showing up on the Chevy website. If anyone knows something of these two new trucks, I figure it would be you. Take care. Lance

    2. For those complaining about the sound of the ecoboost, yeah its weak sauce compared to the power wagon or old raptor, but it’s still waay better than the sound of the ZR2

      1. Was at a gas station the other day admiring some guys 2017 Raptor thinking “man that’s a cool truck.” When he left he floored it and I immediately broke out laughing. They really do sound bad. They should start mounting speakers outside to pipe V8 sounds out also. Ha

      1. They didnt try with the original Zr2’s either. I had a high flow 3 inch exhaust on the 98 s10 zr2 i totaled in august that sounded like an alligator growl at 1200 rpm, the 02 sonoma zr2 i bought to replace it has the stock exhaust, i have to hit 3000rpm before i hear it at all.

      1. Form over Function? You mean temporary speed over something a bit slower.
        No Raptor actually functions well. Look it up for your self. Especially when you consider the long run.

            1. Ha! Typical Ford owner. Thinks the long run means a couple of years. Thats’ because no one keeps a Ford for more than a few years.

            2. BTW, the Raptor vs. F150 video is out now and the Raptor lost. Its a slow pig. up to 700 pounds heavier.

              And TFL experienced mechanical failures with both the F150 and the Raptor while doing the test. L.O.L.!

              When will you all do your own rresearch rather than just looking at a vehicle and making a shallow judgment? I wonder if this is the same process you Ford owners use to marry a woman?

              And for those of you that own a Raptor, That is not enough info to be able to compare all of them. So don’t put yourself on a high horse saying you are the only ones who can judge. But I have come to expect fallacious logic from you Raptor owners. It makes sense.

            3. Nice try Hal. Neither truck experienced mechanical failures at all. More of your trolling and obvious Raptor envy.

            4. Trying to figure out Hal’s problem here. Wondering if he’s just a hater because Ford sells more full size trucks than anyone else and is bitter and jaded about it, or if it’s because his boyfriend stood him up last night.
              And fyi, I see just as many or more Fords that are more than a couple years old that plenty of people hang on to.
              And I would give more credibility to someone who owns a Raptor or whatever pickup is being commented on rather than some ignorant sounding douchebag who is overly bitter he can’t afford a new truck so is gonna spew worthless trash, while he hides behind his keyboard. Time to move out of your parents basement and be a grown-up.

            5. You have no idea what you’re talking about. Hope you enjoy comparing an apple to an orange.

              P.S. I do not own a Ford.

              You belong at Pickuptrucks.com and it’s that way >>>>>>

            6. Brake fade on the Raptor and power loss on the F150. Don’t know why people buy Fords. Its really just government buying them for temporary throw away vehicles.

            7. Hal, brake fade is pretty normal on any vehicle after back to back racing and slamming on the brakes. Especially if you don’t allow proper cool down. The same as heat soak. If you knew anything about racing or even went to a drag race just about everyone has coolers of ice to cool down their engines and fans helping to extract the heat from the engine. Your trying to pass a normal thing as something unusual. When in fact it is not. Even brembro brakes can have minimal fade but it is much harder to get that issue with brembro brakes. That is why most fast cars have them on from the factory.

            8. Is power loss also common? Well, for a Ford it is.

              TFL now has mentioned brake fade as a problem with Fords only. Wonder why they haven’t mentioned it with other makers? We all know.

            9. Well for if you knew anything about racing, heat soak does cause higher ET’s but you are a keyboard troll that doesn’t get out of his mom’s basement so you wouldn’t know that. Maybe we should also mention that the F150 was 1 1/2 seconds faster than the ram . That is significant in the quarter mile but 0-60 is just a pure whooping.

              And as far as brakes the ram has the worst out of the group. 38′ longer stopping distance than the F150. You may want to educate yourself a little better basement dweller hal. You just got owned.

            10. Brake fade is more problematic when stopping aggressively from higher speeds. It is expected that the quickest trucks would experience brake fade to a larger extent vs the slower trucks. It takes more heat energy to slow down from a higher speed. And this is an exponential phenomenon, not linear. Think kenetic energy. That’s why it takes more than twice as long to stop from 100 than 50. The laws of physics apply, no matter your favorite brand.

            11. Hal, maybe the brake fade was only an issue on the ford because they are the fastest trucks out there and have the stop harder at the end of the strip. You ever think of that?

    3. I had a 1987 suburban. It was a good vehicle and I would probably still have it today, if mother nature and the local DOT hadn’t joined forces turning it into a pile of brown iron oxide.

      1. Yeah its not an option, or financially wise, for a lot of people to keep vehicles 20+ years. Our 2000 Astro Van had basically disintegrated around the motor and transmission my the time it hit 8 years old. A/C lines blew, Brakelines blew, the body was rusted as hell.

        Its just not worth dealing with a car like that.

    4. The Chevy Colorado is one cool truck. The Ford Raptor Ecocrap is a cool vehicle with a garbage engine. Ford’s are notorious for problems. GM trucks are known as cheap vehicles to own, that last a long time. I guess using the same power plants in different platforms, and having engine parts that can be swapped between different sized engines is a good idea. GM is known for this, and this keeps parts affordable.

        1. Let see, the F150, Expedition, Explorer, Taurus SHO, FLEX, and Transit all have the 3.5 EB.

          The F150, Fusion sport, Edge sport have the 2.7EB.

          You are right though, Ford doesnt share engines among models.

    5. We all know who Hal is. Johnny Doe amongst a long list of others. Just a troll who came from PUTC. Can’t figure out why he has to be so stupid.Lives in his Mothers basement and I was told he rides that little short yellow bus to school.

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