Posted On: 2014-02-12
Chevy’s Answer to the Raptor: The Reaper
The Ford Raptor has been in the competition’s sights ever since it hit the streets in 2010. At first the Raptor was played off; most assumed that it’d follow the footsteps of the Lightning and fade away into a short lived fad. Fortunately the Raptor proved the naysayers wrong, and became the vehicle with the lowest turnover rate in Ford’s fleet. Now it’s created a new niche within the truck segment – the performance pickup.
So the pressure has been on GM, Chrysler, and Toyota to answer to the Raptor. Toyota recently unveiled a half hearted attempt with the TRD Pro Series, Dodge has the RAM Runner kit, but what about Ford’s nemesis Chevrolet? We’ve seen the Chevrolet ZR2 and All Terrain concepts from GM, but nothing solid – until now.
Meet “The Reaper” – a supercharged 2014 Silverado power house built by Lingenfelter and Southern Comfort Automotive. Although no production details have been released, the Reaper could be Chevy’s answer to the Raptor, but does it have enough to be the elusive “Raptor Killer”?
Chevrolet Reaper Specs
The Reaper features a number of modifications from the standard 2014 Silverado, the most notable being the front fascia. Along with the radical front comes additional skid plates and redesigned bumpers with integrated LED lighting. The Reaper will sit on 20″ wheels wrapped by 33″ GT Grabber tires, and will have a 17″ bead lock option for the die hards. The suspension has been raised 3″ and given Fox Racing Shox similarly to the Raptor. There is also a supercharger option for the 5.3L or 6.2L V8 if you want the power, which is pushed through a Corsa performance exhaust.
All this sounds nice, but is it just hot air? It’d be nice if there was an alternative to the Raptor, but we’ve seen this kind of dog and pony show before. Let’s hope Chevy takes some notes and refines the Reaper into a true performance pickup for the market.
The only critiques we have of the Reaper’s design are the aesthetics, primarily the front fascia. It’s obvious that they’re trying to give the Silverado an aggressive look, but the Reaper seemingly falls short, and our fans agree.
I think they should take the original ’14 Silverado, give it a wider front-end, and expand the fenders to fit. Give the fenders a unique aerodynamic design or even a functional air intake, there’s no need to butcher the grill and hood. The Reapers flares are trying to achieve the look, but come off bulky. The bumper to flare integration could use some work as well, it looks choppy and doesn’t follow any style lines, and the fuel filler cap looks like an afterthought.
In all, the Reaper is a great start for Chevrolet to base their “Raptor killer” on, perhaps the best we’ve seen yet, but Chevy has yet to take the plunge and commit to the project if they want to stay competitive with Ford.