Late last year, a Detroit-based tuning company called Blacklake shared some early details on its new Chevy Silverado 1500-based XT1 off-roader. Blacklake has been hard at work developing the XT1 over the past eight months or so, with the truck set to enter production this summer.
According to the development timeline on the company’s website, Blacklake is planning to conduct a final evaluation and fine-tune the XT1 during an upcoming visit to Johnson Valley, California in June, which will precede the start of customer deliveries a month later in July.
Described by Blacklake as “a completely integrated, fully functional, off-road masterpiece,” the XT1 is essentially a turn-key prerunner with a license plate. While based on the Silverado 1500, it trades the truck’s OEM 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. For comparison, the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor has 14 inches of suspension travel up front and 15 inches in the rear with the same 35-inch tire size.
A supercharged version of GM’s 6.2L L87 V8 engine tuned by Lingenfelter, which produces roughly 650 horsepower, will be optional in the Blacklake XT1. Some of the drivetrain highlights include a GM 10-speed automatic transmission, heavy-duty half shafts, 3.73 gears, a rear e-locker differential and a beefed-up steel driveshaft. Inside, this truck features Katzkin leather and metallic trim from the Chevrolet Accessories catalog, along with an auxiliary controller for accessories like the Warn winch and fog lights. Power running boards, underbody skid plates and carbon-kevlar widebody panels complete the package.
Blacklake will charge customers about $130,000 to convert their Silverado 1500 into an XT1, which does not include the cost of the supercharged Lingenfelter V8. The entire package, including the cost of the donor truck and the Lingenfelter engine package, should come in at around $250,000 on the high end, as we reported last year.
More details on the Blacklake XT1 should be shared once customers start receiving their vehicles this summer.