Hennessey VelociRaptor 600 Ford F-150 is an Alloy Bad Boy
The outgoing generation of Ford F-150 pickup trucks was notable for continuing the model’s dominance of the American automotive sales landscape and introducing truck buyers to the idea of substituting large displacement V8s with downsized turbocharged engines that use less fuel. It was also notable for giving rise to the first factory-built high performance off-roader, the SVT Raptor. But with the old F-150 giving way to the aluminum-bodied new one, the Raptor is out of the lineup, at least for the time being.
For those who can’t wait for a possible model-year 2016 SVT Raptor, Hennessey is offering the VelociRaptor 600 package for Ford’s new alloy-intensive hauler. Starting with a 2015 F-150 FX4 4×4 SuperCrew V8, Hennessey adds new trail-ready 17” wheels and 33” tall BFGoodrich tires, fender flares, side steps and a new grille insert. Optional add-ons include an off-road-centric coilover kit, LED lightbar, beefier front and rear bumpers, Brembo brakes and an electric front winch.
Of course, since this is a Hennessey product, there’s far more thrust under the hood. The 5.0L V8 is fitted with a Rootes-type supercharger, a reprogrammed ECU, new fuel injectors and a stainless steel exhaust system to uncork a total in excess of 600 horsepower. Couple that figure with roughly 700 lbs. less mass than a ’14 F-150 SuperCrew and you have a truck that can legitimately add ass to the list of stuff it can haul. Just be prepared to part with at least $73,500 to add a VelociRaptor 600 to your fleet, though that price does include the cost of the donor vehicle. Oh, and a similar package for EcoBoost V6 F-150s is coming sometime next year.