Ford’s F-150 Raptor seems to be the mark that all other performance trucks are measured today, and for good reason. The Raptor comes with V8 that is capable of 411 horsepower. It uses Fox Racing Shox, long travel suspension, and a widebody look that’s hard to beat. While all this is true, it doesn’t mean the Raptor will stay on top forever. There are a few competing performance trucks on the market now, but most fail to bring together all the pieces like Ford has done. There is a truck however that seems to be coming for the Raptor, and when it gets to it, Ford isn’t going to be happy. The Chevy Reaper
is coming for the Raptor, and Ford better take notice.
Don’t Fear the Reaper
So what is the Reaper? Other than the guy that helped Bill and Ted get their mojo back (see: Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
) it’s a truck that’s the brainchild of Chevy, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering
, and Southern Comfort Automotive
. Currently the Reaper is a third-party option that’s built outside of Chevy’s current supply chain, but soon this monster of a truck will be available for purchase from the same Chevy dealerships that sell the standard models. Even though Chevy seems to think there’s no market for a fast and highly capable truck, it seems that once again the aftermarket has stepped in and given us what we really want.
So What’s It Got?
Ah, that age-old question that’s been asked at car shows and in parking lots filled with nice cars and trucks for generations. What the Reaper’s got is actually quite a lot, actually. Far more than a mere cosmetic upgrade, the Reaper starts with a 2014 Chevy Silverado and from there adds a Magnuson TVS1900
Supercharger package. For trucks with the 5.3L engine, the upgrade is good for 475 HP while those lucky enough to have the 6.2L power plant will see 550 HP. The Southern Comfort aspect of this truck adds tons of styling and performance upgrades to give the truck as much show as it does go. For styling, the Reaper gets a complete front clip restyling that includes a new grille, bumper, and fender flares as well as a new hood. A reinforced skid plate is added under the new bumper and integrated Rigid Industries lights live in the bumper as well.
You also get Rock guards and side steps, custom graphics, and Reaper badging outside. Moving inside you’ll see a custom gauge package as well as custom stitched headrest covers. Moving back outside, the suspension offers Fox Racing
remote reservoir shocks, a Ride Tech suspension
package, and Reaper 20” wheels and tires. All of this helps the Reaper get 9.2 inches of front wheel travel and 11.2 inches of rear. Finish things off with a Corsa Performance exhaust package and you’re left with one mean truck that’s more than capable of taking on a Raptor. While the Raptor can get some help from Hennessey
to move from impressive to insane, the Reaper has just the right mix of power and styling to make it both useful and fun.