It remains unclear if the Ford Ranger Raptor will be sold in the United States, but those who would fancy one have the option of turning to Hennessey Performance, who has announced a series of upgrades for the ‘regular’ 2019 Ranger.
As is typically the case with vehicles from Hennessey, the Texas tuner has developed a series of engines upgrades for Ford’s compact pickup truck. These modifications include a high-flow air induction system, stainless steel catback exhaust, a bespoke engine management software upgrade, and all the necessary gaskets and fluids.
Thanks to these alterations, Hennessey has managed to increase grunt from the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine to 300 hp, up from 270 hp. If that’s not enough, there’s a 375 hp upgrade package, which means you can have a Ranger with more grunt than a Ford Focus RS.
In addition to the engine work, Hennessey can make any 2019 Ranger look fitting of a Raptor badge. Customers can opt for the VelociRaptor front bumper, VelociRaptor rear bumper, 18-inch Hennessey 10-spoke wheels, 33-inch Toyo off-road tires, fender flares, a front suspension leveling kit, and unique badges across the exterior and interior.
Hennessey’s upgrades aren’t as off-road focused as those applied by Ford to the Ranger Raptor. Consequently, a Hennessey Ranger may have the edge in a straight-line but over difficult terrain, the Raptor would probably reign supreme. However, we can’t imagine many Ranger Raptors ever taking their new pickups through off-road tracks.
Note: Regular 2019 Ford Ranger pictured.