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260kW / 521Nm Hennessey VelociRaptor Ranger available now…in the US

The Hennessey VelociRaptor Ranger is faster than a stock F-150 Raptor, more powerful than the Ranger Raptor and is available now in the US.

The Ford Ranger is available in the US but the Blue Oval said it wouldn’t be engineering the Ranger Raptor for the US market. That saw noted performance house, Hennessey, step in and offer its own version of a performance Ford Ranger.

Working with the Ford Ranger’s 2.3-litre four-cylinder bi-turbo engine, Hennessy left the mechanicals alone and instead fitted its own engine management system and a catback exhaust.

This boosted output from 157kW and 500Nm to 260kW and 521Nm of torque which is enough to see the thing get to 100km/h in around 5.0 seconds. The standard F-150 Raptor will get there in around 7.2 seconds. Hennessey even put its VelociRaptor Ranger head-to-head with an F-150 Raptor and it monstered it, leaving it trailing by a couple of car lengths. Indeed, the VelocRaptor Ranger runs a 13.9 second quarter-mile while a stock F-150 Raptor runs it in 15.2 seconds.

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While the VelociRaptor doesn’t get the same suspension set-up as the Ranger Raptor it does get Hennessey’s Stage 1 off-road suspension upgrade which lifts the Ranger by around four inches, it runs 18inch alloys with the same BF Goodrich rubber as the Ranger Raptor. The front bumper gets a lightbar and cost optional winch upgrade.

Hennessey VelociRaptor Ranger

The interior gets some minor tweaking with the seats getting Hennessey embroidered headrests.

In announcing the VelociRaptor Ranger’s performance and pricing, Hennessy boss, John Hennessey said, “The Hennessey VelociRaptor Ranger is so much fun to drive. With over [500Nm} of torque…our VelociRaptor Ranger delivers an impressive amount of smiles per gallon”.

In the US, the Hennessey VelociRaptor Ranger lists from US$64,950.

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.