The Ford F-150 Raptor it has always been an icon in the best-selling range of the F-150 itself. So much so that the electric version, the F-150 Lightning, has exceeded all expectations and has led Ford to double production.
But the United States is the United States, and the arrival of a new Hennessey’s work preparation of the F-150 Raptor. It is the VelociRaptor, and it is the third generation of the species.
Without V8, but with very bad milk
One of the buts that some put to the F-150 Raptor is that it equips a motor V6 EcoBoost instead of a big Stars and Stripes V8. The VelociRaptor 600 (as it is called) does not change this, but it does take enormous power out of the blue oval pick-up.
You do not have to use much imagination to realize that the power will exceed the barrier of 600 hp, from which the VelociRaptor 600 takes its name. The 3.5 V6 EcoBoost engine that replaced the previous 6.2 V8 goes from offering 456 hp to 609 hp of maximum power, and a torque that increases from 692 Nm to 843 Nm. Nothing bad. The 463hp electric Lightning had taken the throne of the more powerful F-150 from the Raptor, so the VelociRaptor is here to settle the score.
The changes adopted by Hennessey to achieve this muscle focus on a higher-flow supercharger system, revised intake, a higher-capacity intercooler and a nice touch-up in the pick-up electronics to properly digest the changes.
The increase in power and torque supposes a cut in front of the chronometer. The Hennessey VelociRaptor completes the 0-96 km / h in 4.2 seconds (1.1 seconds less than the series model) and clear the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds.
The Hennessey advertised price is $ 85,950 (slightly less than 75,000 euros), which remain at a meager $ 19,950 (17,000 euros) if the customer already has the F-150. The first deliveries will be made into 2022.
But there are different levels of preparation, because if we also add the Off-Road Stage 1 For $ 17,950 more, the F-150 is decked out with dedicated bumpers, additional LED lighting, 20-inch alloy wheels with 37-inch off-road tires, and even higher suspension. As an option, six-piston Brembo brake calipers can also be added.
Meanwhile we will continue waiting for the rumors that point to the arrival of a version with a V8 block for the Raptor. This version would supposedly mount a 5.2 supercharged engine inherited directly from the exaggerated Shelby Mustang GT500 with a power greater than 700 CV.