Hennessey VelociRaptor V8 Ready to Claw Every Desert Trail

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Hennessey’s latest VelociRaptor ditches turbos and V6s for a supercharged V8, drops a hefty price tag in the bed.

The F-150 Raptor is a beast already. A pair of turbos flanked around a 3.5-liter V6, 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque from the setup, carried to the corners through a 10-speed automatic, tons of suspension travel. What more could you want?

If the answer is a big, supercharged V8, Hennessey Performance has what you need. Autoweek reports the Texas tuner’s latest take on the Raptor is quite the monster. Ladies and gentlemen, the Hennessey VelociRaptor V8.

Hennessey VelociRaptor V8

The latest to join the VelociRaptor family, the VelociRaptor V8 clears out the EcoBoost V6 to make room for a 5.0-liter Ford V8 with a 2.9-liter supercharger bolted on top. The combo punches through the 10-speed with 758 horses at seven pounds of boost, pushing the pickup from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds on its way to a quarter-mile time of 12.2 seconds at 115 mph.

Hennessey VelociRaptor V8

The rest of the VelociRaptor V8 includes a six-inch lift to accommodate the custom 20-inch wheels and 37-inch off-road rubber, tons of performance upgrades and tuning, embroidered headrests, and a few badges and plaques here and there to let the world know your Raptor is now an Indoraptor.

Hennessey VelociRaptor V8

The VelociRaptor V8 will cost a pretty penny to own, of course. All you’ll need is $147,950, a third of which comes from the Raptor you’ll send to Hennessey’s band of mad scientists. The tuner plans to build only 100 for the 2019 model year, so you won’t see too many of these ultra-hardcore trucks on the highway. Your local drag strip, though, may be a whole other matter.

Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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