Thought the Ford Ranger Raptor was cool? Well, it’s got nothing on the Ranger VelociRaptor that’s just been released by Hennessey Performance.
Shortly after the Texas tuner presented a pair of engine upgrade packages for the 2019 Ranger family, it unveiled its most extreme Ranger to date and the first to wear the VelociRaptor name. Much like Hennessey’s F-Series based VelociRaptor models, the Ranger variant includes a multitude of powertrain upgrades and suspension alterations to make it an all-around more capable package than the standard Ranger Raptor.
Hennessey started its work on the pickup’s 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine, which now delivers 350 hp rather than 270 hp. In addition, torque has been increased from 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) to 385 lb-ft (521 Nm).
These gains have been achieved thanks to a new high-flow air induction system, a less restrictive stainless steel catback exhaust system, and some ECU tuning. The Ranger VelociRaptor isn’t about straight-line performance, but it can accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in an impressive 6.1 seconds.
Alongside the engine upgrades, the tuner has made sure the pickup is much more capable when it leaves the tarmac. Consequently, the Ranger VelociRaptor has a Stage 1 off-road suspension upgrade which lifts the ride by 4 inches. Additionally, there are Hennessey 17-inch alloy wheels and upgraded BFG off-road tires.
Further alterations made to the pickup include a bespoke front bumper with LEDs and an optional winch, as well as a huge LED light bar on the roof.
Hennessey will sell you a 2019 VelociRaptor Ranger for $64,950 including the donor car. However, if you already own a 2019 Ranger, you can get the VelociRaptor upgrades for $19,995 plus shipping. Production is limited to just 500 units for the 2019 model year, and each VelociRaptor includes a 3-year, 36,000-mile (58,000 km) warranty.