Hennessey has unveiled their latest version of the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor: the insanely powerful VelociRaptor V8.
When Ford switched the Raptor’s engine to be a twin-turbo V6 in their second generation, most of us were fine with it. The engine was more powerful, more efficient, and all-around better than either the outgoing 5.4-L or 6.2-L V8.
But there are conservative elements among us that say a true American pickup has a massive V8 engine, and anything else is somehow less. Nevermind the fact that a twin-turbo V6 is objectively better in every conceivable metric; if there isn’t a big, burbling V8 under the hood, it might as well not exist.
Ford didn’t listen to this element, but Hennessey Performance did. That’s why they’ve made the VelociRaptor V8.
In essence, the VelociRaptor V8 is simply a Raptor with the old 3.5-L twin-turbo V6 tossed in favor of a 5.0-L V8 that you can find on basically any recent Ford F-150 model. However, Hennessey has given it a 2.9-L supercharger so that it goes from producing 395 hp to 758 hp, which most definitely surpasses the 3.5-L’s 450 hp.
Zero to sixty is done in an astounding (for a truck) 4.1 seconds. A quarter-mile drag race is done in 12.2 seconds at 115 mph.
Along with the new supercharger, Ford’s old 5.0-L is given a new air-to-water intercooler, a new high-flow fuel pump, a new fuel injector upgrade, and a stainless steel cat-back exhaust. The VelociRaptor retains the stock 10-speed automatic, so if you’re the type that believes it can’t be a truck without a 6-speed manual, sorry--you’re out of luck.
Hennessey provides a “stage-2 off-road suspension upgrade” which certainly gives it a 6-inch lift, but doesn’t go into much details besides that. You can still see the FOX Live Valve shocks in the images though, so at least parts of the old Raptor suspension remain.
Other external upgrades include new front and rear VelociRaptor bumpers with an LED light bar in the front, Hennessey 20-inch wheels with BF Goodrich KM03 off-road tires, and a whole bunch of Hennessey and Velociraptor badging.
Pricing starts at $147,950, which includes the cost of your 2019 Raptor. Production will be limited to 100 units for 2019, so better order now before they’re all gone.