The Ford F-150 Raptor is a unique beast that delivers stunning off-road and on-road performance from a 450-horsepower V6 EcoBoost engine. Some purists, though, seek the V8 found in the first-gen Raptor. For those folks, we present the 2019 Hennessey VelociRaptor.
Hennessey is the Texas-based tuner that has transformed some already dynamic vehicles into high-performing beasts. It also somehow manages to strip the mundane from vehicles like the 2018 Lincoln Navigator, which receives a 600-horsepower engine. Hennessey has made your trip to the airport all that more special.
The first step in the Hennessey VelociRaptor transformation is swapping out the V6 EcoBoost in the stock Raptor for a 5.0-liter V8 scrolling out 758 horsepower thanks to the added boost from a massive 2.9-liter supercharger. All that power gets sent to Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
The Hennessey VelociRaptor also receives a high-flow induction system, a complete fuel system upgrade, a stainless steel catback exhaust, and custom tuning, according to The Drive. Hennessey featured the upgraded Raptor at the 2018 SEMA show.
The VelociRaptor also receives a Stage 2 suspension for an additional 6-inch lift. The VelociRaptor is shod with 20-inch alloy wheels that are wrapped in massive 37-inch BFGoodrich off-road tires. Hennessey has also designed unique bumpers fore and aft, with upgrades to the upfront exterior lights. The Raptor already makes you do a double take when it rolls on by. The Hennessey VelociRaptor is worthy of a triple take at least.
So what is all the awesomeness going to set you back? The Hennessey VelociRaptor is priced at $147,950. For that price, though, you will own only one of 100 models being produced, and you’ll be able to hit 60 mph from a dead start in 4.1 seconds. After a quarter-mile, you’re speedometer’s going to show 115 mph, too.
Want your V8 Raptor straight from Ford? There appears to be good news on the horizon. According to online speculation, the 7.0-liter V8 engine with direct injection being built at Ford’s Windsor, Ontario engine assembly plant will be placed in the 2020 F-150 Raptor that most likely will debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in January.