In the world of aftermarket performance upgrades, there are many choices — especially for pickup trucks. One of the greatest things about pickups is that they're a wonderful blank canvas; you can make your pickup whatever you want it to be. The only thing you have to decide is if you want to do the upgrade work yourself, one part at a time, or if you want to go to a one-stop-shop expert.
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering is one of those experts; it's made a pretty good name for itself making high-performance Corvette parts. But now, with the recent release of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, Lingenfelter is looking to make more inroads into the GM pickup truck marketplace by offering Special Edition sport truck packages. (We recently reported about its newly tested supercharger kit for the all-new 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 in the GM half-tons.)
"We've expanded our Signature Edition line of vehicles to include supercharged trucks as a direct response to customer requests," Mike Copeland, Lingenfelter vice president and general manager, said in a statement. "Our truck packages offer substantial power improvement and are available in lifted four-wheel drive with an aggressive off-road look or lowered two- and four-wheel drive for performance enthusiasts."
Curiosity piqued, we stopped by to get a little seat time in each of Lingenfelter's "two-flavor" creations.
First we drove a lowered Signature Edition 2013 Silverado with an Edelbrock supercharger. It rode on 305/40 General Grabber street tires and 22-inch rims. As you'd expect, the ride is a bit stiff, but the grip around corners is impressive. The Edelbrock supercharger offers a quick response and a great sound when combined with the Corsa dual-exit exhausts. We're not huge fans of big graphics packages, but for those who want everyone to know where they got their truck mods from, the choice is there. Interior styling upgrades are available that will also add more flare and style. The base price for the Signature Edition Edelbrock E Force TVS 2300 Supercharger Package is $10,995. For more information, click here.
Later we had the chance to drive a lifted 2013 Brite White Silverado 4x4 with a Magnuson supercharger that rode on 35x12.50 General Grabber ATs and 20-inch rims. The 6-inch lift is from BDS Suspension, but Lingenfelter provides a two-year warranty on all parts and accessories ordered from its catalog. Additionally, it offers a three-year/36,000-mile warranty on the superchargers and engines for both of these Special Edition packages. This particular setup had the Magnuson supercharger on the previous-gen 5.3-liter V-8; Lingenfelter said this package directs an extra 100 horsepower to the rear wheels. The steering was definitely working hard to move the big wheels and tires, but the feel of the suspension was comfortable, and its throttle response and cornering ability was surprisingly quick. For more information about the Special Edition Magnuson TVS 1900 Supercharger Package, which starts at $9,995, click here.
Both packages provide different personalities for your pickup, but the beauty of an outfit like Lingenfelter is that you get to check only the boxes you want to support the type of adventures you want to have. And if you just want to make an eye-catching show truck to win ribbons on the weekends, Lingenfelter has that covered too. But remember, everything comes at a price.