This Sierra 1500 has been turned into a true Ford Raptor rival called Jackal.
The GMC Sierra 1500 is a capable pickup truck, but it's no match for the Ford F-150 Raptor. PaxPower, a tuner based in Texas, wants to change that. PaxPower prides itself on its mission to "build the trucks that the OEMs won't," and the tuner's new custom GMC Sierra 1500 certainly lives up to that claim.
Effectively, this is the hardcore Ford Raptor rival GMC refuses to build. Dubbed the Jackal, the modified GMC Sierra 1500 is available in two states of tune that increases the truck's off-roading capability and performance.
Priced at $17,950, the Stage 1 tuning kit adds adjustable front and rear King Racing 2.5-inch coilovers and a fabricated upper control arm with a stronger uniball joint. Compared to the stock GMC Sierra 1500, the Jackal rides 3.5 inches higher off the ground. Further improving its capability are chunky 35-inch off-roading tires wrapped around 17-inch wheels.
Other modifications such as a custom vented hood and 3-inch fender flares make the Sierra look more menacing. A Borla stainless-steel dual exhaust system is also included as part of the Stage 1 package, which PaxPower claims is more capable than GMC's Trail Boss or AT4 packages.
Upgrading to the $27,950 Sierra Jackal Stage 2 package adds a long-travel suspension system and fabricated upper and lower control arms, increasing the suspension travel by around a foot. If you want more power, PaxPower can also install a 3.0-liter supercharger for an extra $12,500 on top of the Stage 1 or Stage 2 packages.
Adding the supercharger boosts the GMC's Sierra's 5.3-liter V8 from 355-horsepower to 500 hp and increases the output of the 6.2-liter V8 to 650 hp, up from 420 hp. PaxPower also offers the Jackal conversion for the Chevrolet Silverado. If you would still rather own a Ford F-150 Raptor, the tuner recently built a V8 version of the new F-150 Raptor, which is currently only offered with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6.