Hennessey Performance is here with another example of why the VelociRaptor Ranger is the mid-size pickup of your dreams.
Not everyone wants a pickup truck the size of Montana. Some people want a pickup truck that’s just the right size, like Goldilocks picking out a bed, a spoon, or a house to burglarize. Some people value being able to carry a piano while at the same time being able to park in the mall parking lot.
And some people want all of that but also for the truck to be able to sprint from zero to sixty in under 5 seconds.
Hennessey, as usual, has the answer. It’s called the VelociRaptor Ranger, and it uses the Ford Ranger as its canvas to paint a beautiful picture of what a mid-size pickup can be.
Under the hood is the same 2.3-L turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, but it’s been given new engine software, a bigger turbocharger, and a stainless steel catback exhaust to jump from 270 horsepower to 360 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty takes just 4.9 seconds while the quarter-mile is done in under 14 seconds. That’s extremely quick for any pickup truck, let alone a teeny-tiny one like the Ranger.
Other upgrades improve the Ranger's off-road cred. A 4-inch lift combines with 18-inch alloy wheels and BF Goodrich KM2 all-terrain tires to make this a much taller vehicle, while a custom front bumper has an LED light bar and a skid plate to keep your underside from scratching on rocks.
The big Raptor-style Ford grille lets everyone know this is a special truck, while the fender flares and exterior badging tell the full story. And of course, because it's Hennessey, there's a numbered plaque in the engine compartment.
In the video above, you can just tell that despite all that added power, this pickup is still running smooth. Sure, it doesn't have the big V8 rumble that you find in larger pickups, but it's got practicality up the wazoo.
And best of all, the VelociRaptor Ranger includes Hennessey's standard 3-year or 36,000-mile warranty.
At 500 units to be produced, we don't expect many of these Rangers to stick around. More details can be found on Hennessey's website.