Can’t wait for Ford to launch its own high-performance Raptor version of the latest F-150 pickup truck? Well, perhaps you should give vehicle tuner Hennessey Performance a call.
The Texan tuner has come out with one of its popular VelociRaptor packages for the aluminum-bodied F-150, and at this early stage the package is already offering in excess of 600 horsepower.
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The package’s full name is VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged, and as that name suggests Hennessey engineers have installed a supercharging kit for the Ford Motor Company workhorse. The supercharger features a Roots-type design and fits on the F-150’s available 5.0-liter V-8.
In standard form this engine is tuned to deliver just 385 horsepower, but with the VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged package installed output extends to more than 600 horses. This is with about 8 psi of boost, and no doubt more powerful setups are already in the works. Other upgrades include high-flow intake and exhaust systems, upgraded fuel injectors, and Hennessey's proprietary engine management calibration. Also standard are 33-inch BFGoodrich tires on custom 17-inch wheels.
Just 500 examples of the VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged package will be offered for 2015. Pricing starts at $73,500, which includes a base 2015 Ford F-150 FX4 Super Crew equipped with a V-8. Some of the options being offered include custom off-road coilover suspension, upgraded front and rear bumpers, a front winch, LED light bars, Brembo brakes and more.
Anyone interested can order one of the vehicles direct from Hennessey or through Ford’s dealer network. A VelociRaptor package for F-150s equipped with a V-6 EcoBoost engine is currently in the works, and perhaps we’ll also see one of Hennessey’s SUV conversions offered for the latest F-150 pickup truck at some point.