600 HP 2017 Hennessey VelociRaptor: More Power is ALWAYS Better
Updated March 4, 2017
The latest Raptor from Ford is amazing. In fact, it bests the old Raptor in almost every way except the number of cylinders in its engine. While it may be awesome, there is one man who is never content with stock. His name is John Hennessey and his company, Hennessey Performance in Sealy, Texas has been enhancing vehicles since 1991. So Mr. Hennessey and his crew added more horsepower and optional off-road upgrades. This hopped up Raptor has been rightfully named the 2017 Hennessey VelociRaptor.
For those who haven’t been paying attention, the factory Ford Raptor now comes with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 which pumps out 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. While the engine gets rid of two cylinders it more than makes up for it with the turbos; outperforming the previous Raptor’s massive 6.2-liter V-8 in every way. And just like every other tuning company John Hennessey and Hennessey Performance didn’t think the new Raptor was giving its best performance. As such, the 2017 Hennessey VelociRaptor 600 squeezes 605 horsepower and 622 lb-ft of torque out of the twin-turbo ecobeast engine. Mated with the stock 10 speed automatic transmission it now propels the baja inspired F-150 from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds and down the quarter mile in just 12.9 at 110 miles per hour.
So what exactly has Hennessey done to the Raptor to make it a tire-shredding monster? Well they start with increasing the boost pressure from 18 to 21psi. This is provided by a high-flow factory twin-turbo upgrade. Additional upgrades include a high-flow air induction system, front mounted intercooler and piping, and stainless steel catback exhaust. Of course, they provide the full installation and include necessary gaskets, fluids, dyno cal and testing, and road testing up to 200 miles. What’s even nicer though is Hennessey backs up their work with a 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty so all those engine mods that Ford would likely hate you for putting on are warrantied.
In addition to the power upgrade, Hennessey offers an optional Off-Road Stage 1 Package to increase the Raptor’s legendary off-road capability even further. The extra $12,995 for this gives an extra 3 inches of lift, a leveling kit, and 35-inch Toyo off-road tires wrapped around 20-inch Hennessey 10-spoke rims. In addition to the higher stance of the truck, new front and rear bumpers are supplied along with 5 LED lights in the front.
Now for 2017 Hennessey is limiting VelociRaptor builds to a production of 100. This exclusivity and power will cost the owner $22,500 and that definitely doesn’t include the base cost of a Raptor which starts at an MSRP of $48,860. There has also been talk of a 700 horsepower version, but details are scarce at the moment. Of course, if 600 horsepower and upgraded suspension isn’t good enough, then a prospective buyer could always decide to shell out $295,000 for the VelociRaptor 6×6…
Images and information courtesy Hennessey Performance.
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