Chevy Colorado to get a V8 in '08?
Posted on June 8, 2007 03:16 PM

One of the latest and hottest rumors running rampant in the compact truck scene (can we really call it that anymore?) was brought to light earlier this week by PickupTruck.com. The rumor? We'll see a V8 in the Chevrolet Colorado in 2008.

Their sources claim that GM will begin producing the Colorado its GMC counterpart, the Canyon, the same 295-horsepower 5.3-liter small block V8 that is slated to arrive in the Hummer H3 next year. Experts have also reasoned that this new powerplant would feature the same highway cylinder-deactivation that has already proven to be a gas saver for Chevy's full size truck customers.

As Tacoma owners, this raises a few interesting questions. Among them: Should we expect to see a V8 in a Tacoma in the next 3-4 years? Is it even necessary to put a V8 in a compact truck? What will this do for GM's Colorado/Canyon sales?

One thing is for sure: This is still just a rumor. GM spokesmen have refused to confirm this story and have only replied, "Stay tuned."

Comments:

If you Drop a V8 in a Compact truck, which tend to look and be bigger each year, is it still a compact truck or just a slightly smaller version of the half ton. Just my 10 cents.

Posted by: dustintrev on June 13, 2007 10:55 AM

the only reason they would put a v8 is to target the market of people who like the small compact truck but like the power of a v8 mostly for towing it allows you the displacement you need for trailers, boats, trucks, ect. Dodge has offered this feature for years, the new POS mitsubishi raider offers it and the all so popular uni body honda ( not the best thing in the world but hey i like tacomas ) offer this. soon ford and chevy may step up to the plate but to increase sales no mostly to target that small demand. it will be a requestable feature like the 8.1 chevy offers but certainly not a standard option the proffit wouldnt be there. ask yourself how many v8 dakotas do you see on the street? not too many hu? their transmitions blow up! lol

Posted by: Jonny03 on June 17, 2007 01:40 PM

Why would you want a V8 compact truck? If your going to purchase a V8 you mind as well get a full size. Its like wiping before you poop, it just doesnt make any sense.

Posted by: Costa_07_TRD on June 20, 2007 02:18 PM

Well looks like there will be more Colorado's and Canyon's in the shop because that V8 completely sucks. When is GM going to realize that it's not about quantity..it's about quality. This is exactly why Toyota has moved up to be the #1 automaker in the world and GM has moved to second. All that money they pay to Melloncamp to make those commercials should be put into quality development of their product. Chevy will never catch Toyota in that department....

Posted by: AZTRD06 on June 22, 2007 01:03 PM

I agree with Costa, if I wanted a V8 engine, I would want a fullsize truck, unless it was a mud-boggin straight axled yota with no bed that was JUST a mud truck

Posted by: WaveRocker on June 24, 2007 11:07 AM

actually Toyota did do a V8 power plant in the Tacoma at SEMA. it had the 4.7L, hella yea i'd buy one...

Posted by: Boosted XR05 on June 27, 2007 05:38 PM

i want one if they do put a 5.3 in there! that would be sick.

Posted by: brucebruce on July 1, 2007 04:45 PM

You know, I have owned 2 Dakotas that had v8's in them and the power was great! You have to remember that with the weight of the Colorado and the Dakota the power is needed. Those things would fly, and could tow my Bass Boat's with ease. Gas mileage was around 17-18 mpg on highway with no load. 12-13 Towing a 20' Bass Boat loaded down to around 5,000lbs! No transmission issues here, just allot of hard miles and new Trucks needed! Both went 150k before getting traded! I simply dont like the new Front Ends that they have! If the 1500 Chevy can get 21 MPG with that engine then the Colorado and Caynon should get 25+ on Highway! I still like the Tacoma better with the exception of the suspension! Toyota could learn a thing or two from the Big three on that subject. This is a truck, not a unibody SUV or Car! JB

Posted by: boostjunkie1 on July 15, 2007 09:34 AM

The Price af GAS is Not going down ,JUST UP!!!!!
So how exactly is a V8 going to help a Ugly Colorado sell better. Maybe a V6 instead of the 5 cyclinder it has now. As stated above QUALITY vs
QUANTITY !!!

Posted by: IndigoTaco on July 29, 2007 09:09 AM

I AGREE WITH INDIGO,GM WILL NEVER BE THE QUALITY OF YOTA EVEN IF THE PUT A V10 IN THAT SQUARE BOX S10 THEY CALL THE COLORADO. IF YOU HAVE A V6 TACOMA YOU HAVE ALL THE PWR YOU NEED. IF YOU NEED MORE THAN THAT, THEN GET A 07 TUNDRA, IF YOU NEED MORE THAN THAT YOU BETTER HIRE AN 18 WHEELER. I HAD A HEMI FOR 2 YRS AND YES IT WAS FAST BUT DRANK GAS FASTER THAN YOU COULD PUMP IT.

Posted by: RANROSE1 on August 4, 2007 09:53 PM

P.O.S. + 5.3 = P.O.S

Posted by: racer x on August 11, 2007 10:44 PM

It doesn't matter what GM does. They haven't put out a real quality vehicle in years. Driving one of their trucks made me feel like I was riding in a ole Blue Bird school bus.

Posted by: transition86 on September 20, 2007 07:56 AM

I just traded my 4-door colorado 4X4 for a prerunner tacoma double cab.

The colorado was in the shop a total of 9 weeks in the one year I owned it.

One morning I hopped in and the blower motor only worked in high speed....2 hours later I was driving a toyota.

Absolutely everything is better with the tacoma...interior, exterior, and powertrain.

BUT, one thing GM can produce is a badass pushrod V8.

Posted by: Gen3Benz on September 21, 2007 12:44 AM

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