There is a brand new contender for the “King of the Desert” title. While the radical high-powered off-road version of the Ford F-150, called the Raptor, has run away with the off-road super truck market for the last two-years, Chevrolet has recently announced, during the National Automobile Dealer’s Association (NADA) convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, in January, that they have plans to release the 2014 Silverado Reaper. It should be going on sale in select Chevrolet dealerships in March.
Details of the Reaper model Silverado are limited but it is evident by the parties involved that it will be a very special truck. The Reaper is the result of a collaboration between Chevrolet, Southern Comfort Customs (an Alabama based mass vehicle customization plant), and Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, a manufacturer of superchargers and other high-performance hardware. Lingenfelter produces the superchargers used in the production of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 super cars. The Reaper will feature a redesigned and more aggressive looking front grille with Xenon HID headlights, a high-clearance front bumper with integrated skid plate and flood-lights. A 3-inch suspension lift will give it added ground clearance and FOX remote reservoir racing shocks will allow for 9.2-inches of wheel travel in the front and 11.2-inches in the rear. The outside of the bed is plastered with a killer graphics package to accompany the bulging fender treatments and specially designed fuel filler inlet opening. As evidence that it is engineered to be a serious desert truck, the Reaper will be offered with a 17-inch bead-lock equipped wheel package but 20-inch wheels and all-terrain tires are standard equipment. Custom tailored rock rails, side steps, and flood lights will help to deal with those rocky roads and hot desert nights. The Reaper is available with a 5.3-liter supercharged V8 that pumps out 475hp or a 6.2-liter supercharged motor that generates 550hp; unlike the Raptor, which is offered with only one engine. Both are fitted with customized Corsa exhaust systems.
The Ford F-150 is extremely popular among consumers. It helps that the Raptor is based on the best selling vehicle in North America. Add to that a high performance off-road double wishbone independent front and solid live axle rear suspension system with industry-exclusive internal triple-bypass FOX RACING SHOX dampers and forged 17-inch bead-lock capable alloy wheels with all-terrain tires and you have the reigning King of the Desert. Ford has fitted the Raptor with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 411hp and 434 lb.-ft. of torque. Front and rear electronically locking Torsen differentials, with a 4.10:1 final drive gear ratio, accept power from the big V8 via a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission. This combination can carry the raptor from 0 to 60 mph in only 7.1-seconds. The distinctive Raptor exterior package features custom graphics on both sides of the bed, a louvered hood, FORD tough grille in black, heavy-duty skid plates, fender flares, HID Xenon headlights, and Raptor step rails. The interior is uniquely stylish, as well. Minus some of the more luxurious amenities, the Raptor is outfitted with dual front safety harnesses, leather seating, leather clad steering wheel, and all of the latest communication and audio technology.