If Chevy won't build a Raptor competitor, then PaxPower will.
The phrase "Raptor killer" is massively overused, and none of the big three American truck makers actually makes something to rival Ford's Raptor in its type of performance. If you're navigating off-road environments that require a slower and more thoughtful pace, there's plenty of choice in an all-American truck. However, if your idea of off-roading features a high-speed rallying approach, then the Raptor is the only off-the-shelf weapon to have.
The PaxPower Jackal is available in three stages, and completed turnkey builds can be bought through Chevrolet dealerships with traditional financing on both the truck and upgrade package. Both appearance and performance progress through the stages.
Stage 1 has body-color fender flares around 2-inch wider than stock and 2.5-inch diameter King front coilovers and rear shocks with reservoirs. It also has new front control arms, with the rear being a fabricated box design that increases wheel travel.
Stage 2 gets 3.5-inch wider custom fenders to house a 6-inch wider than stock track width. The suspension is based around King 2.5-inch diameter coilovers and shocks with adjuster knobs for ride quality along with a BajaKits shackle kit that helps increase travel and strength.
Stage 3 of the PaxPower Jackal is the one that's fully geared up to take on the Raptor. It features the same prerunner style suspension kit as Stage 2 but cranks things up with King 3.0-inch inch diameter internal bypass suspension units that PaxPower claims are "vastly superior" to the stock Fox shocks found on the Raptor. All three truck versions also come on Toyo R/T Tires and 17-inch off-road wheels and a Jackal Custom Hood.
Power through all three stages is the same and takes the 6.2-liter Chevy V8 from 420 to 442 horsepower and from 460 to 475 ft-lb of torque. The power gains are achieved using GM's Performance cold air intake, Performance dual exhaust, and the GM Performance engine calibration. That also means that GM's 5-year/60,000-mile drivetrain warranty remains intact. PaxPower claims the Jackal matches the Raptor's 5.7-sec 0-60 mph time, but also "boasts an All-American 6.2L V8 and the exhaust note to match!"
The Stage 1 upgrade featuring the King and BajaKits suspension, Jackal custom hood, fender flares, and performance upgrades comes in at $14,950 over the base truck's price. Stage 2 and its wider and longer travel suspension with wider bodywork costs $24,950. With a Silverado sourced for $50,000, PaxPower believes its Jackal builds compete directly with Raptor in terms of appearance. Stage 3 takes things over the top with its King 3.0 shocks, 37" tires, custom rear leaf springs, and fabricated bumpers for $34,950.