Showdown: 2019 Hennessey VelociRaptor V8 vs. stock Ford Raptor
You may rightfully count the 2019 Ford Raptor among the world’s best off-road pickup trucks. Armed with a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 factory-rated at 450 hp (336 kW) and almost 700 Nm (510 lbft) of torque, it has the strength to pull you out of virtually any kind of mud. The “virtually” part isn’t coincidental, though: in its previous generation, the car packed an even more impressive V8 engine that got ditched in the 2019 version. So, if you happen to miss that kind of kick, ask Hennessey Performance for a VelociRaptor V8.
The car is a 2019 Ford Raptor with its stock six-banger removed in favor of a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 crate engine also sourced from Ford. The result is an amazing 758 hp (565 kW) and a 1.0s reduction in the standard sprint time (now just 4.1 seconds).
Hennessey Performance additionally fits its VelociRaptor V8 with a cat-back exhaust system, larger fuel injectors and a performance-oriented air intake system.
On the outside, the modded truck boasts new bumpers and 20-inch wheels clad in 37-inch rubber. All of this enables it to cover a quarter mile in 12.2 seconds.
Now, it is pretty obvious that the stock Raptor never had the slightest change against the upgraded one, but is the performance gap that large? Watch the video and find out!
Photo: Hennessey Performance
Reporter Sergei Musa