You really don’t want to be at the wrong end of the Hennessey VelociRaptor V8. It’s either going to crush you or leave you behind in the dust.
Before it took them too long, the Texas-based tuner and builder of fast cars, decided to take the same 5.0-liter 758 hp V8 engine from the Heritage Edition F-150 and put it inside the Ford F-150 Raptor. They slapped on a terrifying name too – the Hennessey VelociRaptor V8. Kids are gonna love this one. It won’t be long before it answers to the name “Blue”.
Hennessey bolted on the 2.9-liter supercharger system too. Ditching the standard 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine was not a bad idea after all. The overall transformation also includes Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, Ford wiring harnesses, ECUs, fuel injector and fuel system upgrades, high-flow air induction and stainless steel cat-back exhaust. The last one in that list is there to wake up the neighbors on a Saturday morning.
Coming to the performance department, 0-60 mph comes up in 4.1 seconds and by the time the stop watch hits 12.2 seconds, the VelociRaptor V8 would have covered a quarter-mile.
We can’t help but be intrigued by how closely the features list of the Hennessey VelociRaptor V8 mirrors that of the Heritage Edition F-150.
Standing tall on Stage 2 off-road suspension with a 6-inch lift kit and 20-inch wheels wearing 37-inch BF Goodrich KM03 off-road tires, the Hennessey VelociRaptor V8 does have an imposing stance. New bumpers, LED front lights and VelociRaptor badging complete the package on the outside. The interior isn’t too fancy, but still gets embroidered headrests and a serial-numbered plaque.
The pricing is going to turn away some unless they are die-hard fans of fast trucks that pack V8s under the hood. Hennessey would gladly accept $147,950 for the VelociRaptor V8 and they will only be making 100 units. So you got to hurry, if you need one.
Source: Hennessey Performance