Roadster Shop‘s 2015 Chevrolet Colorado was one of the most anticipated vehicles we wanted to see at this year’s SEMA Show. We were able to get some pre-SEMA information on the vehicle, but the majority of the build has been under the wraps for quiet some time.
Everything on the truck was done at the shop, including the design and fabrication of the long travel suspension. Roadster Shop maybe know for the cars they create, but off-road has always been a passion of their’s.
“This is the first off-road truck that we have built. We have been in to the off-road stuff since birth. My dad started building VW powered dune buggies and going to the Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan when he was 16,” said Phil Gerber, Roadster Shop’s vice president of sales and marketing. It is not to often that a shop steps out of their comfort zone to create a master piece like this.
The teaser pictures the shop was releasing pre-SEMA do not do the vehicle any justice. The workmanship and craftsmanship on this vehicle is top notch.
With a build like this it only makes sense that the parts are of a higher quality as well. Some of the features of this truck are:
- 730hp Wegner Dry Sump LS7 with FAST intake
- 4L80E trans
- Currie Full floater rear with 9-inch
- C&R Radiator
- Full custom built Roadster Shop chassis and long travel suspension
- J-arm style front and four-link style rear
- 4130 front arms, spindles and trailing arms
- Fox racing 2.5-inch diameter coils and 3.5-inch series bypass with 2.5 bumpstops
- Ultra 103 rims with 37×12.5R17 BF Goodrich Baja T/A KR
- Wilwood 6 piston front and rear brakes
The truck creates 22 inches of front wheel travel and 27 inches in the rear. This Colorado not only looks great, but is very capable. One thing that the shop is known for is sheet metal work. That work is seen on this truck, going away from the traditional off-road fiberglass fenders and opting for creating their own sheet metal fenders and bedsides.
The truck has a very aggressive wide stance with the fenders and suspension set up. “The result of what can only be described as a herculean effort. It began August 4th right through to almost exactly three months to the day from when we took delivery of this 2015 Colorado to The SEMA Show unveiling this week,” said the Roadster Shop. The team did also go as far as to cage the cab of the truck.
This vehicle has definitely earned its nickname, the ColoRADo. It is being displayed at the GoPro booth this week at SEMA, and on day one it was grabbing a lot of attention. We were glad that we got the chance to get out the truck in person and see the great work that Roadster Shop did on this build.