The Aftermarket Is Providing Raptor Rivals Left And Right

2020 Silverado Jackal
Image via Paxpower

An official Ford F-150 Raptor fighter from Chevrolet is inevitably on its way, but for those that simply cannot wait, the aftermarket is providing a few turnkey solutions. One of them is the Silverado ZRX from Tuscany Automotive. But the one above is called the Jackal, a 2020 Silverado off-road package from PaxPower that comes in a trio of different stages.

The 2020 Silverado Jackal Stage 1 features upgraded upper control arms with King 2.5-inch front coilovers and upgraded rear shocks. The look gets completed with two-inch fender flares at all corners with a custom hood with a mail slot opening in the center. This kit is priced at $14,950, plus a donor Silverado.

PaxPower also offers V8 swaps for the second-generation Ford F-150 Raptor, as well as converting models such as the F-150 PowerStroke diesel into something more Baja friendly. Ford Ranger kits are also available.

Stage 2 is where things get a little more serious, with the track of the 2020 Silverado Jackal coming in a full six inches wider compared to stock. The 2.5-inch coilovers are now adjustable, and suspension travel is increased, while a shackle kit fortifies the suspension system in the rear, which attaches between the leaf spring and the vehicle frame, allowing for the leaf spring to work through length changes during suspension articulation. The fenders are flared out a total of four inches to better accommodate the wider track. Fortifying its performances are unique axles, steering links, sway bar links, as well as brake lines. This package is $24,950, plus the pickup truck.

Stage 3 of the 2020 Silverado Jackal can jump even higher with larger 3.0-inch internal bypass coilovers and progressive-rate leaf springs. Stage 3 Jackals also get special bumpers, lights, and larger 37-inch off-road tires compared to 35-inch rubber on Stages 1 and 2. Pricing was not immediately clear for this package.

Power upgrades are bolt-on and minimal, with a cold air intake, exhaust kit, and a Chevrolet Performance calibration. If the Silverado has a 6.2L L87 V8 engine under the hood, that means owners would see an increase of 22 hp from the bolt-ons, with 442 hp total, and 475 lb-ft of torque (up 15 lb-ft). 0-60 acceleration is said to be as good as a Ford F-150 Raptor, at 5.7 seconds. And since these parts are Chevrolet Performance Accessories, it doesn’t void out the engine warranty. The rest of the truck, on the other hand, good luck.

Why no further power upgrades? As we’ve reported on the very first day MC&T launched, GM’s cybersecurity measures have rendered vehicles such as the T1 Chevrolet Silverado to be inaccessible. And the same will be said about the 2020 Corvette Stingray, as its ECU is completely encrypted.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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