Lingenfelter and Southern Comfort Automotive piqued our interest late last month with the digital unveiling of the Chevrolet Reaper, a customized Silverado designed to tackle some seriously rough terrain. While that vehicle made its original debut at the North American Dealers Association show, the 2014 Chicago Auto Show marks our first in-person viewing of it, as well as the truck's public debut.

The Reaper's suspension sports Fox Racing shocks and lifts the truck three inches, providing an increase in both ground clearance and suspension travel. The truck rides on 20-inch wheels that are wrapped in General Grabber tires, while both the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8s benefit from a Lingenfelter exhaust. A Magnuson TSV1900 supercharger is an optional goodie on both engines, as are 17-inch beadlock wheels.

SoCo and Lingenfelter have also made some modifications to the truck's overall appearance, giving it a new bumpers, hood, grille and fender flares. LED driving lights come standard, as do integrated off-road lamps.

We've got a big gallery of live images from the Reaper's Chicago debut, as well as an official video and press release from Southern Comfort Automotive and Lingenfelter down below. Have a look, then let us know what you think of this big truck in Comments.


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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.

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.

About Lingenfelter Performance Engineering
Since 1973, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has created a matchless heritage of bringing astounding new capabilities to the world's most sought-after sports cars. This legendary record of precision engineering continues today, as the highly skilled Lingenfelter production team continues to target design excellence in engine packages, superchargers and high-performance aftermarket components that refine power, speed and control. For more information, visit www.lingenfelter.com, contact Lingenfelter Performance Engineering at 1557 Winchester Road, Decatur, IN 46733, or call 260.724.2552.

About Southern Comfort Automotive
Specialty vehicle manufacturer Southern Comfort Automotive has been the premier brand name in the minds of lifestyle-enhanced luxury auto mavens around the globe for more than 35 years. Its specialized luxury offerings combined with a company-wide obsession with world class design, unmatched quality and innovative creature-comfort solutions have inspired the highest standards by which all other custom vehicles are measured. For more information, visit www.insoutherncomfort.com or call 205.655.1063. Work Stronger. Play Harder. Live Better ...in Southern Comfort.


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      ponycargt
      • 10 Months Ago
      Tacky beyond belief.
      brian.kvalheim
      • 10 Months Ago
      That seriously made it past the drawing board committee?
      Clipper44
      • 10 Months Ago
      Reaper.. Raptor.. oh I see what they did there. Seriously this is derivative; a cheap knock off, and little more than a rip-off of what Ford did with the Raptor. Lingenfelter is better than this.
      Stuka87
      • 10 Months Ago
      Love how the suspension kept bottoming out over those little bumps. Really no competition to the race proven Raptor.
      Riley C.
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm pretty sure this could boost the Raptor's sales.
      daveogermany
      • 10 Months Ago
      Kill it with fire...
      pwr2lbs
      • 10 Months Ago
      Not nearly as good looking as the Raptor.
      OnTheRocks
      • 10 Months Ago
      There's no way I ever thought it'd actually turn out to be as ugly as the previous images let on. Color me surprised.
      Marlin
      • 10 Months Ago
      Nice to see the Pontiac Aztec designer landed a job!
      chad.pattyson
      • 10 Months Ago
      I am speechless at how incredibly hideous this truck is! How could any sane human being step back after designing this and go "yep, looks good. People are going to love this "
      Todd Roberts
      • 10 Months Ago
      I just threw up in my mouth. I kept waiting to see that this was really a joke. I agreewiththepwraon that said ford execs can't quit laughing. Seriously that thing is hideous and will cost way more than a factory built raptor that will dominate it in everything. For those thinking oh yea I can get a supercharged one a smoke a raptor I offer the Shelby raptor.
        Darren Winterz
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Todd Roberts
        I'm a chevy guy threw and threw and I have to agree with you, the Shelby raptor while expensive is a huge beast, and unfortunately chevy has been out off the off road game for so long that they would get their asses handed to them. Specially that the raptor has been race tested, maybe that's why they are letting Lingenfelter and SoCo handle this so they cant be directly embarrassed? However with that said this truck looks hideous (like I'd rather drive a lime green Hugo) and is as useful as a furry dingleberry.
      Hal Perry
      • 10 Months Ago
      Ford execs had to be rolling on the floor in hysterics at the autoblog comment(going to make raptor extinct) Ford had the guts and initative to build the Raptor themselves, this is just a piss poor attempt to TRY to compete with it. I'd like to say nice try , but it really wasn't! Two days two reports of chevy playing catchup. 1chevys new little van (made by Nissan) copying the ford transit which Ford has been making for years. #2 This reaper copying,very poorly, the Ford Raptor which Ford also has been making for years. Their sales slogan should be; If you want to see what we will be building in a few years look at our competition today! Should we start taking bets now when the aluminum silverado will come out? Will it be 2017 or 2018?
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