If the Ford Ranger is on your shopping list, or already in your driveway, then you should check out one of the meanest upgrades for it. It comes from Hennessey, adds more power and a revised stance, and is known as the Ranger VelociRaptor.
In the power department, the pickup truck gets a healthy 360 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and a peak torque of 440 pound-feet (597 Nm), available at 3,800 rpm. The extra 90 hp and 130 lb-ft (176 Nm) of torque, produced by the 2.3-liter EcoBoost, have been obtained by upgrading the software and installing a stainless steel catback exhaust system.
Performance wise, the Ranger VelociRaptor hits 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 4.9 seconds, a 2.5-second improvement over the stock model, and runs the quarter-mile in 13.9 seconds, at 101 mph (163 km/h), instead if 15.2 seconds and 91 mph (146 km/h).
The Stage 1 upgrade has also added 4 inches (102 mm) to the ground clearance. In combination with the new 18-inch alloy wheels, shod in BFGoodrich 285/70 all-terrain tires, and steel front bumper with LED lights, the VelociRaptor can tackle more arduous terrains.
The fender flares, painted in the same color as the exterior, with visible bolts, special badging and embroidered headrests are other defining features of the project.
To spark more interest, the tuner has put a cap on the production of the VelociRaptor, announcing that only 500 of them will be made (or converted) this year. Each one gets strapped to the dyno and has to complete some road testing before being shipped to its owner, and is accompanied by a 3-year / 36,000-mile (57,936 km) warranty.
As to the ‘should I get one?’ question, the short clip shared below might just help you decide.