When your squad needs to attack in style, why roll up in a Hummer that is 20 years old? The Army asked every automaker to submit a bid for a light, tough 4WD that could haul 9 soldiers and their gear. A grueling series of 11 consecutive races across all types of terrain saw 434 individual entries. In the end, four vehicles survived, and one stood out from the others.
GM Defense’s Infantry Squad Vehicle is based on the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, which features DSSV suspension by Multimatic. The 2.8-liter Duramax diesel offers 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque on the street, but converting it to run on military JP8 has unlocked over 100 additional horsepower. Without a body to lug around, it might even surpass Colorado’s 30 MPG. Their target is to build 2,065 examples, with each one sharing 90% of its parts with the Colorado ZR2. All we can tell you is that it and the squad easily fit inside the CH-47 Chinook, so the squad will be gone before the enemy knows what happened. Here’s to the squad of UAW Local 2250 in Wentzville, Missouri for winning the contract! Click the button below for great deals on new Colorados and stay with us for all your GM news.