Hennessey’s Ranger VelociRaptor Makes Ford’s Efforts Seem Restrained

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.

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  • Zandit75

    So is Hennessey buying a heap of genuine Raptor body panels from Ford to make it look like this?
    The renders in this story can’t be accurate, as it shows the “rest of the world” Ranger, not the US Ranger.

    • Matt

      Buying the real Raptor parts from Ford makes heaps of sense, rather than creating their own.

      • Zandit75

        If they fit the US Ranger.

        • Matt

          The US Ranger is virtually identical, save for a few small details.

  • Blade t

    Looks pretty good..

  • TheHake

    This is what I would drive if I lived in the US.

  • SteersUright

    Wow. Thats pretty badass.

  • CryMe(a)River

    Someone would make a killing if they wen’t back to selling a small truck with a 4cyl five speed.

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