Speedville ran into one of our speediest enthusiast connections—Ken Ligenfelter—at the Chicago Automobile Show. Ken is a GM fan and car collector of the first rank. He brought hot ’Vettes and Camaros to display in the South Hall at McCormick Place, but his big Chi-Town blast was the dressed-up and heated-up ’14 Chevy Silverado.
We heard tidbits about this Reaper (www.reaperperformanceusa.com) project back in September when we joined a Corvette Funfest (www.funfestevents.com) panel discussion and wound up sitting next to Ken Ligenfelter. The Reaper turned out to be one of those rare custom rides that’s better in real life than in rumor. It’s hot and it’s hot looking.
Lingenfelter teamed up with Southern Comfort Automotive on this truck—which is something both companies view as the answer to enthusiast demand for a bow-tie-badged performance-packed pickup. The Reaper is mean, muscular and dialed in for some speedy hauling— perfect for the Speedville municipal fleet.
Southern Comfort’s 35+ years as an upfitter made it a great partner and it already had a dealer network and worldwide distribution channels. Ligenfelter supplied the performance tuning talent and suspension-enhancing experience that went into creating a tuff all-around Reaper with a brawny attitude and rugged desert racing style performance (see “The Reaper Has Arrived” on You Tube).
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A supercharger “powers up” the Reaper and the underpinnings are beefed up with a three-inch lift, an off-road suspension, Fox Racing remote reservoir shocks, 20-in. Reaper wheels with General Grabber light truck tires and a Lingenfelter Performance exhaust. The truck wears a custom hood and grille, high-clearance bumper, wide-body fender flares and a wheel-to-wheel rock guard with removable side steps. Its custom lighting includes integrated LED driving lights, side front fender marker lights and an integrated off-road floodlight system.
Reapers come in red, white, gray or black. Inside are embroidered headrests, door panel accents, a gauge package, an auxiliary switch panel for a floodlights and accessories and special badging. Options include 5.3- or 6.2-liter Chevy V8s with a Magnuson TSV1900 Supercharger, 17-in. beadlock wheels, General Grabber red-letter tires, Reaper graphics and a frozen matte paint finish. Select Chevy dealers will sell it. Buyers get a Lingenfelter three-year/36,000-mile warranty, plus a Southern Comfort Automotive three-year/36,000-mile warranty on parts. Production will be scaled to meet demand.