General Motors announced today it has been awarded a $214.3-million dollar contract to produce the U.S. Army’s newest Infantry Squad Vehicle (or ISV). Based on Chevrolet’s Colorado ZR2 off-roader, it’s built using mostly off-the-shelf parts, and will be powered by a Duramax turbodiesel engine.
As the name suggests, the ISV is a troop transport built tough enough to withstand the rigors of wartime terrain, while also being easy to use and transport. From the release:
GM says 90 percent of the ISV is built using commercial off-the-shelf parts. It has the same mid-size truck architecture found under neath the fantastic Colorado ZR2, even making use of that truck’s Multimatic-developed DSSV dual spool-valve dampers, combined with Chevy’s own performance suspension pieces. Under the hood sits a 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel inline-four, sending 186 horsepower through a six-speed automatic transmission.
The contract calls for a production run of 2065 vehicles, which averages out to just above $100,000 per ISV. That might sound like a lot for what seems like a stripped out ZR2 without doors or a roof, but remember, this thing has to be able to hold up to all sorts of things on the battlefield you’d never run into at your local off-road course.
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