Hennessey VelociRaptor and Range Rover Sport SVR Show Down
Supercharged Brutes Drag Down Top Gear Track
In the off-road world, there are few words vaunted more highly than Range Rover. The luxurious, powerful SUVs have been mobilizing Beverly Hills socialites and citizens of developing nations alike since 1970, offering tons of capability and luxury in one tidy package. However, in recent years, another name has surfaced on the four-wheeling radar: Raptor. The showroom-legal Trophy Truck set the desert-racing scene on fire with the Ford F-150 variant’s debut in 2009, providing 11 inches of front suspension travel from the factory. Although the Range Rover and Raptor compete in different segments, there’s no denying that both have a massive presence and reputation, and as such, a little comparison between the two is inevitable.
The chilly rivalry only gets more dramatic when forced induction and extensive modification come into play. Enter Hennessey (for the so-named VelociRaptor) and Special Vehicle Operations (for the Range Rover). Each has taken the liberty of boosting its respective vehicle’s engine to within an inch of its life.
In the case of the Hennessey, its 6.2L V-8 has been supercharged to the tune of 623 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. For the Range Rover Sport SVR, Land Rover’s in-house performance gurus massaged the 5.0L supercharged V-8 to 550 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, with braking and suspension upgrades coming along.
With access to both the Hennessey VelociRaptor (based on the previous-gen F-150, not the current one) and the Range Rover Sport SVR, Top Gear magazine rightly felt that a drag race was in order. Although a long, flat, dry strip of asphalt isn’t the ideal environment for either performance truck (the Raptor prefers desert whoops, the Rangie curvy racetracks), both acquitted themselves well. See the video for the results.
It’s nice to know that there’s still a place for ludicrous, high-powered machines like these in the world…
Source: Top Gear magazine, via YouTube