Extreme Off-Road Beast: The Insane $202,000 Flat Out Autos KR2 Conversion
Off-roaders and 4x4s have taken the automotive industry by storm, with every automaker jumping on the rugged SUV bandwagon. Arkansas-based restomod company Flat Out Autos is no exception, as they showcased their latest creation at this year’s SEMA show—a modern-day Chevy K5 Blazer that they’ve dubbed the KR2.
Named after a clever mashup of the iconic K5 name and Chevy’s off-road-focused ZR2 moniker, the KR2 is a remarkable custom build. At first glance, it may resemble a shortened and widened version of the 2023 Silverado, and that’s because it is. Underneath its striking exterior, the KR2 hides a 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 WT regular cab.
Flat Out Autos went to great lengths to transform the Silverado into the ultimate K5 Blazer. They shortened the chassis by 22 inches and cut the back of the cab open to create an open-aired back seat. Custom rear quarter-panels were fitted to the bedsides, and to complete the K5 transformation, a carbon-fiber cover was added. The interior received a complete overhaul from the bare-bones nature of the donor truck, with front and rear seats now wrapped in luxurious red Katzkin leather.
But the KR2’s real magic lies under the hood. It houses a 5.3-liter V-8 engine sourced from the stock Silverado, which is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. For an additional $14,950, Flat Out Autos offers a Whipple supercharger and tune, pushing the power output to an impressive 467 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels.
To ensure unrivaled off-road capability, the KR2 is equipped with a long-travel suspension kit by Dirt King and coil-overs with remote reservoirs from Fox Racing. The track width is widened by seven inches, bringing it on par with the factory ZR2 Silverado. Rounding out its off-road prowess are the chunky 37-inch Nitto Trail Grappler mud-terrain tires.
Now, let’s talk about the hefty price tag. The converted KR2 starts at $178,000, without any additional options. However, if you want the supercharged version, along with a spare tire and bed cover, just like the one depicted here, be prepared to shell out a whopping $202,000. That’s right, this extreme off-road beast doesn’t come cheap.
While the KR2 undoubtedly offers a jaw-dropping appearance and impressive off-road performance, its price tag might make some hesitate. But for those seeking the ultimate modern K5 experience, the KR2 may just be worth the investment.
In conclusion, if you have a passion for extreme off-roading and want to turn heads wherever you go, the Flat Out Autos KR2 Conversion is the vehicle for you. With its distinctive design, powerful supercharged engine, and rugged off-road capabilities, it’s bound to satisfy even the most demanding off-road enthusiasts. So, if you’re willing to splurge on the ultimate off-road experience, the KR2 will undoubtedly deliver the adrenaline rush you seek. Just be ready for the sticker shock that comes with it.