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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Need a 2015 Ford Raptor? Hennessey Has You Covered



It goes without saying, the Ford Raptor was one special truck. Introduced for the 2010 model year, the SVT-tuned Raptor packed a rock-crushing off-road suspension, a choice of two extremely potent6 V8s, and visual cues to make lesser trucks cower in fear. 
Unfortunately, it’s now gone….at least temporarily.

 The 2017 Raptor successor has already been crowned, but you won’t find it in dealerships quite yet. At a loss for words? Don’t worry, in the meantime Texas’ Hennessey Performance has a solution—their supercharged 2015 Ford F-150 VelociRaptor 600. It’s a mean looking thing.


The 2015 VelociRaptor 600 starts out as a current XLT Crew Cab model and totes the potent 5.0-liter V8. Hennessey adds on a whopping great 2.9-liter supercharger on top of that, giving the super truck a round 600 horsepower output, complete with an air-to-water intercooler, high-flow intake, beadlock wheels, off-road tires, fender flares, and a Hennessey suspension kit to boot.
In the company’s old truck, that level of performance equated to zero to 60 mph times of 5.2 seconds and quarter mile dashes in the mid-13 second range (5.6 seconds in VelociRaptor 500 tune). With 700 fewer pounds to lug around (thanks to the new aluminum F-150 body), count on that performance being even greater still in the latest version. Here’s the thing…it doesn’t come cheap. Far from it.


Hennessey recently put one of its sinister ’15 VelociRaptors on eBay, with an asking price of $84,950. By comparison, the late-great 2014 Ford Raptor sold for $45,000 with a not-so-small 411 hp on tap in stock configuration.

But for those who can’t wait for the 2017 Ford Raptor to roll into dealerships next year, or who’d rather take a supercharger over twin-turbochargers, perhaps the VelociRaptor is the stopgap that dreams are made of.