Hennessey unveils VelociRaptor SUVMon, 20 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700
From the folks who brought you the Venom GT and countless other cars and trucks capable of putting up ridiculous numbers, Hennessey Performance is back with another concoction, the VelociRaptor SUV.
Based on the standard Ford F-150 Raptor, the truck is converted to a full-size SUV (think Ford Excursion) with seating for up to eight people. Though it's based on the Raptor, don't expect to go extreme off-roading with it, as Hennessey states that this car is intended for on-road use, as well as light to moderate off-roading.
Equipped with the same 6.2-liter 411-bhp Ford V8 as seen in the Raptor, buyers can opt for the VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged (600-bhp) package for an additional cost. Other optional goodies include Brembo front-brake upgrades, larger wheels and tires, LED lighting upgrades, security armoring systems and more.
Though weight is up 600 pounds over the standard Raptor, the VelociRaptor is still expected to lay down a 0-60-mph time of 7.5 seconds. With the Supercharger package, the SUV should get to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds.
Limited to 30 units a year, the VelociRaptor SUV starts at $149,500 and can be ordered directly from Hennessey Performance or through certified Hennessey/Ford dealers.
For more information and details, visit Hennessey Performance's website. In the meantime, check out the video below which features John Hennessey giving a walk-around tour and taking it for a test-drive.
By Max Gilles