Chevy Silverado fans looking for a custom prerunner-style pickup to take on the likes of the Ford F-150 Raptor can turn to Michigan-based aftermarket performance company Blacklake, which is set to offer the Blacklake XT1 based on the refreshed Chevy Silverado 1500.
“This is a truck built for the true enthusiast,” Blacklake states on its website in regard to the XT1. “This is not a mall crawler, this is not a set of wheels and tires on a leveled pickup. This is a completely integrated, fully functional, off-road masterpiece. This is the giant fireball in the sky ready to end the reign of the dinosaurs, yet again.”
Blacklake went all-in on upgrading the pre-refresh Chevy Silverado 1500 to create the new XT1, and now, the company is working towards offering the conversion for the refreshed pickup as well, per posts to the company’s social media feeds.
Upgrades on offer for the pre-refresh truck include revisions to the rear suspension with a custom five-link setup, as well as revisions up front with 3-inch double-adjustable coilovers, billet steel upper control arms, and aluminum lower control arms. The suspension mods are good for 17.5 inches of suspension travel in back and 11.8 inches of suspension travel up front.
Of course, to take on the Raptor, the Chevy Silverado-based XT1 will need some extra juice under the hood as well, and to that end, the pickup offers a supercharger for the GM 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine, as tuned by Lingenfelter. Output from this setup is an impressive 650 horsepower, with the GM 10-speed automatic transmission, heavy-duty half shafts, 3.73 gears, rear e-locker differential, and an upgraded steel driveshaft on hand to harness it all.
Naturally, all these mechanical upgrades are paired with a good deal of aesthetic and styling parts as well, including a custom widebody treatment composed of carbon-kevlar fenders and bedsides, steel-reinforced composite bumpers, a carbon-titanium hood extractor, and integrated LED lighting to boot. Final touches include Method Racing 17-inch wheels wrapped in either 37-inch or 35-inch tires.
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Interested customers are encouraged to contact Blacklake for more information.