After James Bearing bought a Chevrolet Colorado, he noticed a discrepancy between the truck’s spec sheet and the truck’s tachometer. Chevrolet said 3.6-liter V6 in the little pickup produces 305 horsepower at 6,800 rpm, but the tachometer indicates a redline at 6,500 rpm. So either he wasn’t making as much power as he was promised, or the tachometer display was incorrect.
Bearing said he asked Chevy about it but got no response, according to AutoBlog. Until now. A General Motors spokesman said the rev limiter is indeed set for 6,800 rpm, but the tach graphics “are slightly off” in the Colorado and the GMC Canyon, and submitted an SAE horsepower certification to back him up. If you’re wondering how such a thing got past quality control… well, let’s just say you’re not alone.
GM is going to fix “the graphics on future trucks,” which makes it sound like Bearing will just have to learn to live with the indicated redline he’s got. He could always pretend he’s driving a sleeper, with four more ponies waiting to be unlocked in the danger zone for those who dare.