Without a doubt, the Ford F-150 Raptor is a great supertruck. Its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine is fine and capable of delivering sufficient output for any job it can possibly do. However, the fact can’t be hidden that we still miss the 6.2-liter Boss V8. And yes, many Raptor customers wish the engine will be back somehow.
Reports once said that the 2019 F-150 Raptor would pack the 7X V8, but for some reason it didn’t turn out to be true, although it sounded pretty convincing at the beginning and had given fans new hope. But that’s just not what Ford wanted to do in the end.
Who would have thought that it was Hennessey Performance that listened to the wish of those V8 lovers. The tuning company has launched the more radical VelociRaptor powered by a blown 5.0-liter V8 unit that every high-performance truck aficionado will love. Equipped with a 2.9-liter supercharger, the engine can make a heart-pounding 758 HP, which is good for sprinting to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and completing the quarter-mile sprint in 12.2-seconds at 115 mph.
Besides getting a new supercharger, the engine also gains upgraded fuel injectors and air intake. A stainless steel cat-back exhaust system is also there, as well as an air-to-liquid intercooler. For this application, the blower is configured to churn out 7 PSI of boost.
The Hennessey VelociRaptor V8 broke cover at the 2018 SEMA Show. It is one of the best off-road trucks that is truly worth buying, especially for those who have been longing for such a powerful Raptor. After all, the pickup comes out in response to the calls of those Raptor customers who wants to get what Ford can’t give, namely a V8 option for the new truck.
The price for the full package is $147,950 including the vehicle. The big pack horse features Stage 2 off-road suspension (6-inch lift), LED front lamps, VelociRaptor bumpers, and 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 37-inch BF Goodrich off-road tires. The truck also gets embroidered headrests, serial-numbered plaques, and V8 exterior badging.
Just like other Hennessey’s builds, the VelociRaptor V8 has a three-year/36,000-mile warranty. In case you wonder, the American tuning house will produce only 100 units for the 2019 model year.