The $250,000 Blacklake XT1 Chevy Silverado 1500 is the raptor-slayer GM should have built


Detroit-based research and development company Blacklake recently shared a monster creation that started with General Motors’ Chevy Silverado 1500 Trail Boss platform. Blacklake’s Decorated Truck is the epitome of hardcore rolling technology and surpasses anything currently offered on the Chevy plot.

Blacklake calls the XT1 “the ultimate truck” and says its creation involved merging the best of OE design, engineering and function with off-road readiness in a fully integrated widebody truck. The XT1 has a lot to offer and was “built for the true enthusiast”, although not all off-road enthusiasts can afford its high price.

It’s no secret that GM’s current offerings have fallen behind, especially with the insanely popular and capable of competing with the Ford F-150 Raptor. Now that Blacklake has stepped in, they may have just taken the Silverado to a new level, one that could see their iteration as the Raptor-slayer GM should have built.

Let’s take a closer look at the Blacklake XT1 Chevy Silverado 1500 that just might be the Raptor-slayer GM should have built!

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Blacklake XT1 specs and off-road preparation

Built on GM’s original 2022 model year Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss platform, the Blacklake XT1 is an all-terrain beast and has an appropriately intimidating stance. Under the hood, you have the choice of a 5.3-liter or 6.2-liter V8 engine fitted with a Lingenfelter-exclusive Magnuson TVS 2650 supercharger. The truck has plenty of power – up to 650 horsepower at the rear wheels.

The truck is equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission and an electronically shifted transfer case along with an updated suspension. The long-travel suspension up front features two three-inch dual-adjust bypass coils from JRi Shocks and Lanternmark hydraulic shocks from Kudela. In all, the front end has 11.8 inches of travel (the Raptor has that rate with 14 inches). The front end also features huge lower control arms machined from 7075 aluminum that can take a beating.

The Blacklake XT1’s rear suspension is also unique from the original base Silverado. Where the featured original leaves, the updated iteration has a five-link suspension system with horizontally oriented Watt links. The pair of 4130 aluminum trailing arms attach to JRi three-inch dual-adjustment coil springs that extend into the bed of the truck. These are also paired with Lanternmark hydraulic shocks and allow up to 17.5 inches of travel (the Ford Raptor can only boast 15 inches).

Surprisingly, the XT1 doesn’t have locking differentials. On the contrary, the driver has control and can operate the rear trunk at low speed. The locking differential can also use GPS technology to disengage when the truck reaches higher speeds. Each differential has a set of 3.73:1 gears. While most slow rock-crawlers choose to lock front and rear differentials (like those on Chevy’s Silverado 1500 ZR2), Blacklake chose to play for his fast audience.

Working to make the XT1 as off-road ready as its competitors, Blacklake really put in the time and effort. The integrated winch hidden behind the custom front bumper is a Warn ZEON Platinum 12-S. The truck includes an aluminum skid plate that extends from the underside of the thimble to the transmission case. Rigid Industries LED fog lights also attach to the side of the fairing.

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Blacklake Chevy Silverado XT1 Features and Price

The interior of the XT1 comes from the original Silverado Trail Boss, but with a few upgrades. The sPOD touchscreen now integrates with the lower center console controls and the interior upholstery is in more luxurious Katzkin leather. They also incorporated metal trim and auxiliary controls for accessories such as the winch and fog lights.

Thankfully, Blacklake also refused to sacrifice cargo space. The spare tire mounts into the bed of the truck, vertically, and the reservoirs and coil towers are also in the same space as the spare rack. The truck is equipped with electric running boards, a carbon-titanium bonnet puller and integrated LED lighting.

While Blacklake mostly stayed true to the original Chevy Silverado body design, they opted for carbon and Kevlar fenders and chevrons that match the truck’s body lines. Additionally, the truck adopts a wider stance to accommodate muddy terrain tires and includes felt liners in the wheel wells.

Three position lamps adorn the grille and the center bears “Blacklake” when illuminated. The truck will cost around $130,000 to convert to an XT1, which doesn’t include the supercharged engine or stock Chevy Silverado needed for the conversion. The total cost of the truck will be approximately $250,000. The Blacklake iteration certainly won’t be the only specially-tuned Chevy Silverado available (in fact, Specialty Vehicle Engineering has its own plans to build a limited run itself). However, it is the first to go into production as they are already taking pre-orders for the production on their website.

Blacklake got where GM failed in its designs, with over-the-top off-road capability and functionality, more power than the stock base Chevy Silverado 1500 Trail Boss, and impressive aesthetics. The R&D-tuned Silverado XT1 is truly the Raptor-killing off-road beast of a truck that GM should have built.


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