A new Ford Ranger means it should be time for a brand new Hennessey Efficiency VelociRaptor Ranger, proper? In fact. This time, nonetheless, issues have modified from the VelociRaptor Ranger we drove in 2019. Again then, Ford did not construct a Ranger Raptor for the U.S. from the manufacturing unit, so Hennessey’s makeover was one technique to get the place Ford would not go. That truck took the inventory 2.3-liter four-cylinder from 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque to 360 hp and 440 lb-ft., and added a number of off-road particular elements for a worth beginning at $19,950 on prime of the donor car value. With the brand new Ranger Raptor formally a factor, the Texas tuner wanted to maneuver the goalposts. The brand new truck is constructed atop the Raptor trim and known as the VelociRaptor 500 Raptor in honor of its energy output.
In some ways, that is the pickup equal of Hennessey’s VelociRaptor 500 Bronco unveiled a month in the past; the Bronco and Ranger Raptors are each powered by Ford’s turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6. A high-flow consumption, high-capacity entrance intercooler with a blow-off valve, and new engine administration software program get that mill respiration more durable and deeper. As a substitute of the inventory truck’s 405 hp and 430 lb-ft, the VelociRaptor 500 Ranger makes 500 hp and 550 lb-ft.
Hennessey correctly left the Fox 2.5-inch Dwell Valve inner bypass shocks alone. Exterior upgrades include the LED lights within the new VelociRaptor entrance bumper, a brand new rear bumper that follows the strains of the inventory unit, and 18-inch alloy wheels on 35-inch tires, that rubber two inches bigger than on the inventory truck. Inside, Hennessey’s embroidered headrests are color coordinated with the red-trimmed seats, and there is a set of all-weather floor mats down in entrance.
The Texans restricted the earlier VelociRaptor Ranger to 500 items. This one’s supposedly getting a manufacturing run of simply 200 items for the 2024 mannequin 12 months, each coming with a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty. Orders are open now via Hennessey or Ford dealers, manufacturing begins towards the top of this 12 months. The worth begins at $24,950 on prime of the $56,960 MSRP for the Ranger Raptor, about $82,000 earlier than taxes and choices.