Hennessey is creating a Ford Ranger upgrade package that will boost the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine to 350 hp.
We knew that Hennessey Performance was up to something when we spotted them dyno testing the new Ford Ranger midsize pickup. We found that the truck’s 270 hp EcoBoost 4-cylinder produced 243 hp at the rear wheels and 268 lb-ft of torque--a fine amount for such a petite pickup.
Hennessey then told us to “stay tuned” for more details on a complete upgrade package, which apparently we’re only just now getting some details of.
According to a company rep speaking to Autoblog, Hennessey plans to offer an upgrade that provides the Ranger with 350 horsepower--that’s the same as Focus RS. It also gives the pickup 385 lb-ft of torque, which is actually 35 more lb-ft than the RS.
We weren’t provided details on just how Hennessey will go about giving the Ranger more power, but Hennessey’s website points at the usual suspects. Upgraded high-flow air induction, a new stainless steel cat-back exhaust, and ECU tweaks can likely supply the extra 80 horses. Anything more than that and we’ll need something a little more drastic, such as a potential engine swap.
Hennessey’s website also says there will be 300 hp and 375 hp upgrades to the Ranger, so we might have the usual three upgrade power figures right here.
In addition to the boost in power, Hennessey also plans to offer an optional off-road upgrade package based on their successful VelociRaptor series. A new set of VelicoRaptor bumpers and badges will adorn the Ranger, along with 18-inch, 10-spoke wheels and 33-inch Toyo off-road tires.
North America won’t receive the Ranger Raptor, Ford’s top-of-the-line performance version of the Ranger, so Hennessey might be stepping in to fill the void--something that Ranger owners are unlikely to get upset about.
As usual, Hennessey's upgrade packages come with a 3-year or 36,000-mile limited warranty. Pricing and availability haven't been announced yet, but you likely won't have to wait too long.