- Flat Out Autos presents a fresh spin on the classic Chevy K5 Blazer.
- The 2023 Chevrolet Silverado normal cab under the hood has been shortened by 22 inches, has a long-travel suspension, and rides on 37-inch tires.
- The KR2 modification features a $202,000 supercharged Chevy small-block engine.
Every major automaker now offers at least one off-road or four-wheel-drive SUV model. In 2018, the Arkansas-based restomod business Flat Out Autos transformed a 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 into a 21st-century Jimmy SUV. The same business attempted a contemporary Chevrolet K5 Blazer for this year’s SEMA exhibition.
Renewed K5 Blazer
Flat Out Autos came up with the ingenious appellation KR2 for the updated model, a play on Chevy’s current off-road-oriented ZR2 designation. The KR2 is essentially a shortened and wider 2023 Silverado in appearance. Under the skin, the KR2 is a 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 WT standard cab.
Flat Out Autos shortened the chassis by 22 inches and opened up the back of the cab to make an airy back seat for its bespoke build. The K5 was modified by having custom rear quarter panels installed on the bedsides and a carbon fiber cover installed. From the source truck’s bare interior, a brand new one has been built. Red Katzkin leather now adorns the front and back seats in place of the original fabric.
The Powerful Components of the KR2
In addition, the KR2’s track width has been increased by seven inches, making it comparable in size to the stock ZR2 Silverado. Dirt King’s long-travel suspension package is complemented by Fox Racing’s remote reservoir coil-overs. The custom 4×4 is outfitted with a set of beefy Nitto Trail Grappler mud-terrain tires, measuring in at 37 inches in diameter.
Under the hood of a standard Silverado is a 5.3-liter V-8 engine from Chevrolet, which is linked to a 10-speed automatic transmission. For $14,950, Flat Out Autos will also strap on a Whipple supercharger and ramp up the tune. It is said that the supercharged model can generate 467 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque at the back wheels.
The current K5 of one’s dreams does not come cheap. The base price of a converted KR2 is $178,000. Supercharger, spare tire, and bed cover configuration seen here costs an additional $202,000. We’re big fans of the boxy SUV design, but for $202,000? Yikes.