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Friday, June 26, 2015

It’s Alive! Hennessey Transforms Ford F-250 into VelociRaptor SUV



The folks at Hennessey Performance are from Texas. They aren’t afraid of taking on big, Texas-sized projects – a point proven after they tore into a handful of Ford Raptor pickups, and turned them into 600 horsepower, family-hauling VelociRaptor SUVs
That build has since been put to bed, but now Hennessey is giving it another go, this time with an even bigger base vehicle. Meet the 2016 Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV, built from the bones of a current Ford F-250 Lariat 4×4 pickup truck. The super SUV boasts four doors, middle row captain’s chairs, and as you might expect from Hennessey, a massive amount of power.


As standard, the F-250 Lariat pickup delivers 411 horsepower of V8 grunt from its 6.2-liter gas engine. Hand yours over to John Hennessey and crew, and they’ll supercharge it up to a whopping 600 or 650 horsepower. But that’s merely the icing on top of an SUV-converted cake.
The VelociRaptor conversion adds a ceiling out back, a burly front bumper which can be optioned with an LED light bar and Warn winch, an aggressive rear bumper, sinister set of tires on blacked-out wheels, and an off-road suspension upgrade. Inside, you receive the aforementioned captain’s chairs, a folding third row bench seat (total of seven seats with option for eight), as well as an optional 60/40 folding center console. All the better for containing the groceries while tackling the trails.

Fancy one? Hennessey prices the complete build at $159,500 and requires around six months of build time for the truck-to-SUV transformation.