The first step in making every new Hennessey performance package is always putting a stock vehicle on the dynamometer to establish some baseline numbers for comparison purposes.
Today, it’s the turn of the all-new, 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.
The video above from Hennessey Performance Engineering allows us to watch (and listen) as the new F-150 Raptor stretches its legs, and to see what sort of power and torque output the truck is achieving at the wheels. Naturally, the big question here is whether the twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter V6 can ever match the animal magnetism of the 6.2-liter V8 that powered the last SVT Raptor.
The answer, as far as we can tell, is a resounding “yes.” Hennessey’s Ford F-150 Raptor dyno test resulted in 365 horsepower and 422 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels, which is in-line with Ford’s claimed 450 hp / 510 lb-ft at the crank (assuming driveline losses are around 20 percent – quite low for such large wheels). The 6.2-liter, remember, was rated at 410 horsepower and 435 lb-ft.
As for the sound – well, this EcoBoost V6 is no large-displacement V8. That said, it does have its own, alluring character just the same. Take a listen.