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John Hennessey Gives His Impressions On The New Ford F-150 Raptor: Video

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On Monday, Hennessey Performance Engineering shared a video documenting the very first step in developing upgrade packages for the all-new, 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor: baseline dyno testing with a stock truck. The tuning house uncovered not only high peak power and torque figures (365 hp / 422 lb-ft at the wheels), but also a broad torque curve that bested the output of the old SVT Raptor’s 6.2-liter V8 by around 100 lb-ft at some speeds.

Hennessey also released videos documenting 0-to-60 and quarter-mile testing, and casual highway and off-road testing. The latter of these can be seen above, featuring company founder John Hennessey and Zerin Dube from SpeedSportLife.com, and it contains some basic first impressions of the bone-stock 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.

So what’s the verdict? “I’m genuinely impressed with the new Raptor,” says Hennessey. “It exceeded what I was expecting to see on the dyno.” On the street, “it felt a lot like the last generation: very comfortable; very simple drive,” he said. He was also impressed with how the new 10-speed automatic kept the new Ford F-150 Raptor in the power band, and how the suspension articulated over unpaved ground.

Watch the video above for Mr. Hennessey’s full comments on the brand-new F-150 Raptor, and if you haven’t yet seen it, check out the company’s video documenting their acceleration testing on YouTube. Spoiler: it achieves a 5.3-second 0-to-60 time, and a 14.1-second quarter-mile at 96 mph.

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Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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