2008 Chevy Colorado to get a V8

Chevrolet Colorado With the news that the Hummer H3 Alpha was going to be packing Chevy’s 5.3 liter V8, this was only a matter of time.  The 2008 Chevy Colorado will have the same engine available – in complete 295 HP form.  Now, I’m always a fan of more power.  Power is fun, and more power logically means more fun.

However, the only other midsize / compact pickup truck to offer a V8 engine is the Dodge Dakota.  Following in the Dakota’s footsteps isn’t exactly a recipe for success.  The Dakota is, after all, the worst midsize pickup truck on the market ( assuming we count the Ford Ranger as a compact truck ). 

For what it’s worth, the 5.3 liter V8 that’s going into the Colorado will have the familiar cylinder deactivation, so fuel economy shouldn’t be *too* terrible.  And with the addition of the V8, this may set the stage for “downsizing” some customers from a full-size truck to a midsize.  Some folks just won’t give up their eight cylinders.

[Source: Autoblog]

Published on June 7, 2007 in Chevrolet

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