You know how they say "There's Chevy guys, and then there's Ford guys.
" Well, if that adage holds true, then it's likely when the Ford F-150 Raptor made its debut as a badass dune-hopping machine, the General Motors lovers didn't flinch or run to the blue oval.
Likely they just jeered "Fix Or Repair Daily," or "Found On Road Dead."
Well, the truck gods have been awakened and now you have your Raptor competitor. Dubbed "the Reaper," Lingenfelter and Southern Comfort Automotive have come together to spiff up the Chevrolet Silverado and tune it up.
But the question remains: is the Lingenfelter/Southern Comfort Reaper AWESOME or AWFUL?
Check out the information below and weigh in!
Lingenfelter's press release follows:
LINGENFELTER, SOUTHERN COMFORT AUTOMOTIVE UNVEIL THE REAPER(tm) AT CHICAGO AUTO SHOW
Performance-Tuned, Custom-Restyled 2014 Chevy Silverado Available Now
DECATUR, Ind. - Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and Southern Comfort Automotive have teamed up to answer the demand from General Motors truck enthusiasts for a specialty performance pickup model with the release of The Reaper(tm).
The Reaper will be displayed in booth SH13 in the Greater Chicago Area Chevy Dealers exhibit at the Chicago Auto Show. The official launch of the vehicle will take place during a Lingenfelter-hosted press conference Feb. 6 at 3:50 p.m. at the Grand Concourse Media Stage.
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A mean, muscular and expertly tuned Limited Edition 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500, the Reaper represents the launch of a joint venture grounded in the automotive experts' long-time business relationship.
"Lingenfelter's strong brand in the performance arena and decades of engine-tuning expertise coupled with Southern Comfort Automotive's 35 plus years as a vehicle upfitter with a strong dealer network and worldwide distribution channels makes this venture ideal for both parties," said Ken Lingenfelter, CEO/owner, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.
Michael McSweeney, managing partner of McSweeney Holdings, agrees. "This project is a great launch-point for a long-term relationship between Lingenfelter and Southern Comfort Automotive. Our capabilities and resources thoroughly complement one another, and we plan to proactively pursue other projects to further our joint venture."
Melding Lingenfelter's legendary performance-tuning capabilities and suspension know-how with Southern Comfort Automotive's virtuoso automotive design and graphics wizardry, the unstoppable Reaper features an aggressive, custom-lifted design sure to appeal to the off-road truck aficionado.
"We designed the Reaper to fill a void in the market for Chevy enthusiasts seeking a stand-out, supercharged off-road vehicle with head-turning curb appeal," said Matt McSweeney, president, Southern Comfort Automotive.
The supercharged Reaper delivers Lingenfelter's epic maximum performance while preserving drivability and reliability. Standard features include a three-inch lift with long travel off-road suspension, Fox Racing performance remote reservoir shocks, 20-inch Reaper wheels mounted on General Grabber light truck tires and a Lingenfelter Performance exhaust system. The Reaper occupies its own superior-style class, with a custom hood fitment and grill assembly, high-clearance bumper, wide-body fender flares and a wheel-to-wheel rock guard with removable side steps. Its custom lighting design includes integrated LED driving lights, side front fender marker lights and an integrated off-road flood light system. Available in red, white, gray or black through select Chevrolet dealers, the vehicle interior has Reaper embroidered headrests, door panel accents, Reaper gauge package, an auxiliary switch panel for flood light system and future accessory upgrades. The Reaper also displays interior and exterior co-branded Lingenfelter/Southern Comfort Automotive Reaper badging.
"Off-road enthusiasts can count on Lingenfelter to deliver the rugged, super-charged, high-end pickup package they crave, and this new Reaper is that and more," said Mike Copeland, Vice President and General Manager, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. "With Southern Comfort Automotive's restyling and graphics expertise, the performance-tuned Reaper is expected to dominate in the custom-designed luxury pickup class."
Optional upgrades include: a Magnuson TSV1900 Supercharger available on either the 5.3L or 6.2L V-8 engine, 17-inch beadlock wheels mounted on General Grabber Red Letter tires, Reaper graphics and a frozen matte paint finish.
The Reaper carries Lingenfelter's three-year/ 36,000 mile warranty* in addition to Southern Comfort Automotive's three-year/ 36,000 mile warranty on all parts restyled. Production will be scaled to meet demand. For information on ordering the Reaper visit www.reaperperformanceusa.com.
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