When intern Cody Wentz gave me the thumbs up, I swapped pedals and held on for the ride. With my go-foot mashed to the brand-new GM carpet, I was astounded at the effective power of the 5,000-plus pound pickup. As I neared the traps, the boost gauge read 7 psi and the speedo was just shy of 100 mph. Where's a Lightning when you need one?
Our test vehicle was no ordinary Silverado SS, but an SS wicked up with a Radix Magna Charger, followed by an intercooler. It represents the perfect relationship between brains and brawn, a stout, blown motor backed by an AWD system to put it to the pavement-kinda like a GMC Cyclone on steroids.
Project R speed shop owners, Brian Zacuto and Jeff Price, make a living installing these kits and quite honestly sell them as fast as they can get them. According to Zacuto, the Magna Charger is the most complete kit on the market and the only one with an available powertrain warranty. With these pros behind the wrench our SS went from stock to rock in two short days. The Magna Charger kit comes with everything one needs to supercharge the 4.8, 5.3 or 6.0 pickup or SUV. There are a few options such as a polished blower and a slightly larger intercooler, but with the exception of these options every nut, bolt and computer programmer are included. While the Magna Charger comes with detailed instructions, we've simplified the process to give you the general idea.