While performance trucks and SUVs seem to be having a golden age in the 2020s, the folks at General Motors in the Bob Lutz era seemed to be toying with the idea of a performance truck portfolio in the early and mid of the 2000s. . The proof is again at the 101 Motors showroom in Arizona, where TFL truck got a first-hand look. The first is the Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4×4 concept truck that circled the auto show circuit in 2005, and the second is the Chevrolet Colorado SS Concept built for the 2004 SEMA Show. one the Hummer H3T at the time, and the other a little brother to the Chevrolet Silverado SS performance truck.
Chevrolet Colorado concept trucks foreshadowed the future
The V8 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4×4 Concept truck combines production running gear with a futuristic look. According to TFL, the concept’s suspension has many common elements with the Hummer H3T. Meanwhile, under the hood is a production-based 5.3-liter V8, which has been integrated into the Hummer H3T Alpha. And while it’s an all-terrain concept, it rolls on street-ready 20-inch wheels. Finally, the unique concept features massive tow hooks located at the bottom of the front bumper, which might be hard to miss given their coloring associated with the rest of the truck.
While this V8-powered Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4×4 concept morphed behind the scenes into the Hummer H3T, things finally returned to the Bowtie brand in 2014 with the debut of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept. In 2017 – some 12 years later since the 2005 concept – the Colorado ZR2 was in production. The juggernaut moves slowly, as they say.
The second concept truck hidden in the back of the 101 Motors showroom is a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado SS Concept painted in a dark reddish brown color for the SEMA Show. The color itself looks like a dark brown unless the light hits the paint, then the actual color starts to glow and it’s quite nice.
The concept itself appears to ride quite low for better handling and appears to feature 20-inch wheels. Under the hood is a plug-and-play transmission like a Corvette. Although difficult to see in the video, the interior appears to have a black with red color scheme. It was also around this time that GM was first looking to supercharge the Cadillac Escalade, which took far too long to finally get the green light.