$250K Blacklake XT-1 Is The Best Off-Road Chevrolet Silverado

Alright, so you’re a fan of GM trucks. But you also love what Ford and Ram did with the Baja racing-inspired half-ton trucks we know as the F-150 Raptor and Ram TRX. Each features forced induction, 35-inch tires and a suspension system designed to control the force between gravity, the earth and the three metric tons of weight that will land on it. And while the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 does aim to get rid of that itch, the lack of a supercharger and smaller 33-inch tires makes it feel a bit lost on paper. So, what to do? Well, Michigan-based Blacklake Research & Development might have what you’re looking for. It’s called the XT-1, and it appears to have all the hardware needed to hunt down any dinosaur-themed truck that crosses its path. As long as you can afford it, that is.

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Blacklake XT-1: Details

Blacklake has taken your standard edition Chevrolet Silverado, and upgraded it to become one of the most luxurious pre-runner-inspired trucks we’ve ever seen. On the outside we have custom-made fenders and bedsides made of a carbon-kevlar blend. The bumper is made of steel-reinforced composite, equipped with shackle mounts. The hood extractor is made of carbonized titanium, and the cab lights are integrated into the front grille for an OEM look.

This extensive bodywork was followed by a more extensive suspension overhaul, complemented by exclusive hardware from Blacklake Research & Development, featuring:

Front:

  • Blacklake-JRI 3-inch Double Adjustable Bypass Coilovers
  • Blacklake-Lanternmark Hydraulic Jounce Shocks
  • Blacklake Billet 7075 Lower Control Arm
  • Blacklake Steel Upper Control Arm
  • SPC Alignment High Angle Top Ball Joint
  • Front travel 11.8 inches

Behind:

  • Blacklake 5-Link Rear Suspension System
  • Blacklake Horizontal Wattage Link
  • Blacklake 4130 Tig Welded Trailing Arm
  • Blacklake-JRI 3-inch Double Adjustable Bypass Coilovers
  • Blacklake-Lanternmark . Hydraulic Jounce Shocks
  • 17.5 inch rear travel
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GM Supercharged Chevrolet Silverado Won’t Be Built

The Blacklake XT-1 has a Magnuson-Lingenfelter TVS2650 Supercharger mounted on the Silverado’s L87 6.2L V8 engine, resulting in a total output of 650 horsepower. Power is sent to the wheels via the CCI Steel Driveshaft as well as Blacklake and G-Force Performance Engineering HD Halfshafts and the rear 3.73 with electronic locking differential. Maintaining grip both on the road and off are Black Rhino 17″ Beadlock wheels with 35″ KM3 BFG Tires wrapped around them. Additionally, Blacklake and Borla made a stainless steel exhaust system for the XT-1.

The Blacklake XT-1 also comes complete with accessories, including a platinum 12S Warn Zeon wireless long-range winch, AMP Research power step board, Blacklake 8-channel solid-state accessory control and SPOD, and rigid fog lamps. Additionally, Blacklake-made full aluminum skid plates for the underside of the truck, and there is a Blacklake spare tire mount that sits on the vehicle bed.

From a hardware perspective, the Blacklake XT-1 seems to have taken the line between your pre-runner trophy truck and your everyday Silverado, and smeared it into the fumes of both vehicles, which seek an off-road edge over the Ram TRX and F-150 Raptor. And therein lies the genius of the Blacklake XT-1, as owners aren’t penalized with a rickety, stripped-down interior (like they get with the Ford Bronco DR), and instead feature a mostly stock cabin with Katzkin leather upholstery, embroidered stitching, metallic trim. , and the accessory control panel. And given that the XT-1 is road legal, owners can leave their trailer and tow rig at home.

Of course, having all these cakes and eating them also comes at a cost: $250,000 USD. But compared to the cost of building a supercharged 650 horsepower Chevrolet Silverado pre-runner truck, plus a trailer, plus a tow rig, while adding street legal comfort, a quarter million doesn’t seem too bad.

Now we’re stuck in thinking… if Blacklake was going to sell the $250,000 supercharged Silverado, how much would Chevrolet Performance cost if they built and sold the 650 hp SEMA Show Beast concept?

Chevrolet Performance Beast 2021 SEMA Show Concept Supercharged Silverado ZR2
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