The Ford Raptor has quickly become something of a living legend among auto enthusiasts. Although it’s based on an F-150 frame, this is as far from a base car as a Ferrari is from a Fiat. A 6.2L V8 cranks out 411 horsepower that is designed to deliver both high speed on level-terrain and huge torque during steep climbs. Put simply, the Raptor is designed to deliver maximum performance on and especially off-road. However, the blue oval may soon face a contender from the bow tie. Welcome to the Chevy Reaper.
Designed by legendary tuner Lingenfelter and Southern Comfort Automotive, the Reaper aims to clip the Raptor’s wings. Two engine options, a 5.3 and 6.2 liter, are avalible featuring Lingenfelter exhaust and an optional Magnuson TSV1900 supercharger. Other performance modifications include General Grabber tires that surround 20 inch wheels. Optional 17 inch units can be specified for maximum off-road performance. The Reaper showcases several exterior upgrades including a new hood, bumpers, grille and fender flares. Integrated off-road lamps and LED lights come standard.
The question is will this aftermarket Chevy have what it takes to sway potential Raptor owners? The naming of the Reaper could not be much closer to the Raptor and that reflects the matched purposes of both trucks. Yet, while the Chevy is in essence an aftermarket showcase, the Raptor reflects OEM research, testing and massive budget. That may lead the Ford to feeling more complete overall. Less of an up-tuned F-150 and more of a completely different vehicle. The first test drives should reveal exactly how both trucks compare beyond the stats.
Watch the press conference from the 2014 Chicago Auto Show: