The Blacklake XT1 can be best described as a luxury pre-runner truck, taking its Baja capabilities beyond even that of the Ford Raptor and the Ram TRX. It’s also a far more exclusive truck. And seeing as it’s based on the Chevrolet Silverado, which got an interior and exterior refresh for the 2022i model year, that means the Michigan-based upfitter needs to update a few things for its XT1, as well.
To start the process of updating the Blacklake XT1, the company will 3D scan the entire vehicle in order to work with it in the digital world, and model the body panels using computer imagery. Blacklake is working with SEMA to create the vehicle, which means it’s likely that we’ll see it at the upcoming SEMA trade show in Las Vegas at the beginning of November.
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While the company hasn’t shared many more details about the conversion other than its intention to start, we can guess a few of the features that will be on the truck based on the previous model.
Under the hood will likely be a Lingenfelter-tuned V8 of the 6.2L L87 variety, fitted with a Magnuson supercharger to produce 650 horsepower. A 10-speed automatic transmission will likely be paired with the engine, as well as a 3.73 rear axle ratio with upgraded axles and an electronic locking differential.
To go with the massive power improvement is a total reworking of the suspension, which ditches most of the standard equipment in favor of a custom five-link rear end designed by Blacklake, along with a revised front end with three-inch double-adjustable coilovers, billet steel upper control arms, and aluminum lower control arms. With the upgrades, the truck is capable of 17.5 inches of rear suspension travel and 11.8 inches of front travel. Power retractable running boards, underbody skid plates, and carbon-kevlar widebody panels add to the offroad prowess of the XT1.
Pricing for the new model has not been announced yet, but a turnkey version of the older bodystyle Blacklake XT1 can be had for $200,000 USD.