Blown 2015 Hennessey VelociRaptor 600 Produces 605 Horsepower
Limited-Production F-150 Should Tide Us Over Until 2017 Raptor Arrives
Based on the all-new 2015 Ford F-150, the Hennessey VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged looks like it’s primed to pick up right where the discontinued Ford F-150 Raptor SVT left off.
Starting off with an F-150 FX4 Super Crew, the folks and Hennessey bolt a 2.9L supercharger onto the truck’s 5.0L V-8. At 8 psi of boost, the blower helps the VelociRaptor produce 605 horses, a far cry from the base 5.0’s 385 hp. Hennessey hasn’t released torque figures for the VelociRaptor, but we’d be surprised if that number is less than 550 lb-ft. Upgraded fuel injectors, a high-flow intake and stainless-steel exhaust, and Hennessey’s own engine calibration help the engine achieve those lofty output numbers.
Befitting the truck’s off-road pretensions, it receives special 17-inch wheels mounted on BFGoodrich 33-inch tires. Cool-looking flared fenders protect the VelociRaptor’s paint. Low-profile rock sliders and new bumpers round out the changes to the truck’s exterior.
Starting from the base MSRP of $73,500, including the cost of the donor truck, the VelociRaptor can be customized with a Hennessey Performance Engineering off-road coilover suspension (why isn’t this a standard feature?), off-road bumpers, an integrated winch, Brembo brakes, and LED lighting. Fully loaded, the VelociRaptor will run $100,350, with nearly 8 grand going to the off-road suspension alone. Again, why is that suspension optional on a vehicle that pays homage to the SVT Raptor?
Still, all in, buyers will be getting more than just a powerful, spacious pickup. Hennessey will be limiting production to just 500 units for the 2015 model year, and the VelociRaptor 600 benefits from all the same engineering, efficiency, and weight-reduction improvements made to the 2015 Ford F-150. And unlike many tuner jobs, the Hennessey can be ordered from any Ford dealer, complete with a 3-year, 36,000-mile warranty. It’s a lot of coin for a truck, but it’s also a whole lot of truck.
If you’ve got the money, give the VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged a look. Hennessey’s products are generally very well engineered, so it might be worth its cost of entry.