New Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV Moves to F-250 Bones
Super Duty–Based Seven-Seater Gives Excursion Fans a New Alternative
The Ford Excursion was a perfect SUV for some families. With its ¾-ton hardware, available 7.3L (and later, 6.0L) Power Stroke diesel engine, and massive cargo and towing capacity, it was great for people who needed both capability and passenger room. Since its discontinuation in 2005, big families with big hobbies have had to keep their high-mileage Excursions or swap them out for fullsize trucks and sacrifice some passenger capacity.
Hennessey Performance presents another solution: the new 2015-2016 VelociRaptor SUV. While the previous iteration of the VelociRaptor SUV was based on the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, the current one gets its bones from the current-generation F-Series Super Duty. Featuring that truck’s styling forward of the B-pillar, the VelociRaptor receives an Excursion-like rear seating area, including the SUV’s split Dutch doors and liftgate glass. The front-end styling makes the VelociRaptor look like an Excursion with a swapped clip, but Hennessey’s actually done just the opposite. Inside, it’s all F-250, with the available comfort, convenience, infotainment, and safety features of a modern Super Duty. Incidentally, it’s available as a seven-seater with second-row buckets or as an eight-seater with a second-row bench and folding armrest.
Motivating the VelociRaptor is the owner’s choice of a 6.2L gas V-8 or a 6.7L diesel V-8, which gets an upgrade package to produce 440 hp and 880 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, the 6.2L gasser can be upgraded with the VelociRaptor 600 or 650 packages, whose numbers correspond to the amount of supercharged horsepower on offer.
Compared to the Excursion, both engines represent a significant upgrade. The standard 6.2L V-8 produces 385 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque, up from the Excursion’s 255 hp and 350 lb-ft, courtesy of the Ford Modular 5.4L V-8. Torque addicts will definitely want to option that hugely formidable 6.7L diesel, which improves on the Excursion’s 325hp, 570-lb-ft 6.0L Power Stroke diesel. With 880 lb-ft of twist on offer for the new VelociRaptor, it should have no trouble towing or hauling anything the proverbial active family can throw at it.
Besides that, the VelociRaptor looks cool! With Hennessey wheel-and-tire upgrades, an optional front and rear off-road bumper setup (with available Warn winch), and an off-road suspension upgrade on offer, the VelociRaptor SUV looks like it could have a supporting role in The Walking Dead or Terminator. It’s a tough look, Hand as with most of Hennessey’s products, it can be custom-ordered for an individual, bespoke appearance.
Customers should plan on a six-month build time, with prices that start at $159,500. It’s a bit spendy, but there’s definitely nothing on offer in the new-truck market that can match the Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV’s mix of capacity, capaciousness, and character.
Source: Hennessey Performance