A Detroit-based tuning company called Blacklake has unveiled its aftermarket answer to the Ford F-150 Raptor: the Chevy Silverado 1500-based XT1.
The Blacklake XT1 “seamlessly merges OE design, engineering, and function with the best of the off-road world,” the tuning company says. The off-roader is based on a Chevy Silverado 1500, but trades the vehicle’s factory rear suspension for a custom five-link rear end designed by Blacklake, along with a revised front end with three-inch double-adjustable coilovers, billet steel upper control arms and aluminum lower control arms. The company claims this setup provides 17.5 inches of rear suspension travel and 11.8-inches of front travel. The truck also features custom widebody panels, different front and rear bumpers for improved approach and departure angles and rides on 17-inch Black Rhino beadlock wheels wrapped in 35-inch BF Goodrich KM3 tires.
Under the hood of the Blacklake XT1 is a supercharged version of GM’s 6.2L L87 V8 engine tuned by Lingenfelter, which produces roughly 650 horsepower. Other related powertrain/drivetrain upgrades include a Borla exhaust system, a CCI steel driveshaft and Blacklake half shafts. Accessories included with this turn-key tuner truck include a Warn wireless remote winch, AMP Research running boards, Rigid Industries fog lamps and a Blacklake aluminum underbody skid plate. Lastly, the cabin features Katzkin leather upholstered seats and metallic metal trim from the Chevrolet Accessories catalog.
“This is a truck built for the true enthusiast,” Blacklake says the XT1. “This is not a mall crawler, this is not a set of wheels and tires on a levelled pickup. This is a completely integrated, fully functional, off-road masterpiece. If this sounds like your kind of truck, we’d love to hear from you.”
Details with regard to pricing and availability have not yet been officially confirmed by Blacklake, although it’s expected to start at around $250,000. The company is encouraging interested parties to sign up for updates via its website, however, so we expect more details to be divulged in the near future. For now, feel free to let us know what you think of this Detroit-bred off-road tuner truck in the comments down below.