There’s no questioning the ability of the Ford F-150 Raptor. It’s now better than ever off road thanks to the fitting of clever new Fox shock absorbers, and with 450bhp on tap from a 3.5-litre V6, it’s not wanting for power, either. But it’s a shame it’s not powered by a shouty V8 anymore, isn’t it?
That seems to be the view of Hennessey, which has just launched the VelociRaptor V8. Having already boosted the Raptor’s V6 to 605bhp last year, the Texan tuner has - as you probably gathered from the name - switched out the twin-turbo unit for a Ford ‘Coyote’ V8 in the making of this fantastically unsubtle creation.
The 5.0-litre unit has been fitted with a 2.9-litre supercharger, giving a 758bhp output. 0-60mph takes 4.1 seconds, which is absurd for something like this. Plus, it’ll sound particularly rude under full load, thanks to the new stainless steel exhaust system.
The VelociRaptor V8 conversion goes further than just engine mods, too. There are beefier front and rear bumpers, new LED lights at the front, a six-inch ‘Stage 2’ off-road lift kit, a bunch of badges, and finally, 20-inch Hennessey wheels shod in chunky 37-inch BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres.
Speaking about the new V8-powered Raptor, company CEO John Hennessey said:
“Our customers have been begging for a V8 option for their new Raptors since the truck first came out in early 2017. We heard their calls and are so pleased to meet this need in the market. The sound of the VelociRaptor V8 is so worth it!”
It should come as no surprise that it’s not cheap, with the total cost - including the F-150 donor car - weighing in at $147,950. Still, that’s about half the price of the VelociRaptor 6x6, which retains the V6, and while Hennessey is only making 50 six-wheelers, 100 of the four-wheeled V8s are set to be made.