Hennessey VelociRaptor V8 Ready to Claw Every Desert Trail
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.
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.
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.
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.