Hennessey Debuts SVT Raptor-Based VelociRaptor SUV

The Velociraptor was one of the most feared dinosaurs, but Hennessey Performance's VelociRaptor is a bit nicer than that: it's a 411-horsepower three-row SUV based on the 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.

We know the statistics by now: the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has a 411-horsepower, 434 lb-ft, 6.2-liter V-8 and a set of Fox Racing Shox with 11 inches of front and 12 inches of rear suspension travel. The result is one of the most capable off-road pickup trucks on the market, able of blasting across the desert or (with its standard front camera and Torsen front differential) climbing a few rocks.

The Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV starts where the Raptor left off, by removing the five-foot-seven-inch bed and extending the cab all the way backwards. Hennessey engineers say the rear glass, hatch, and tailgate mechanisms are based on the extinct Ford Excursion, which explains why the truck looks a bit like the old SUV from a distance. On the inside, HPE installs a third-row seat (or not, if you'd like a giant enclosed cargo area) to increase the total passenger count to eight. The conversion does have one major drawback, however: enclosing the car behind the original cab means there's no longer a gap between the cab and bed. The result: jumping a VelociRaptor could cause much more damage, where a stock truck might flex off the stress forces. While the VelociRaptor will be more capable than your average SUV, it won't be competing in the Dakar any time soon.

The conversion also adds some 600 pounds to the curb weight, but Hennessey says that the 0 to 60 mph run can be made in about 7.5 seconds. If that's not quick enough for you, feel free to call the shop and order the VelociRaptor supercharger package, which costs some $14,000 but ups the power output to 600 horsepower and reduces the 0-60 run to 5.9 seconds.

We'd figure that most VelociRaptor buyers can afford the extra options package, because the franken-vehicle will start at $149,500. To put that in perspective, the Cadillac Escalade ESV tops out at about $86,000; then again, the Escalade ESV won't have the Raptor's signature blend of ridiculous off-road prowess and on-road presence. There's also the question of exclusivity: Hennessey says it'll only make 30 units a year.

Source: Hennessey Performance

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