The Hennessey VelociRaptor Sure Is a Car
Look, I like Hennessey. I think what they do is great. Take a pedestrian Cadillac CTS-V that on its own makes a meager 556hp, ditch the supercharger and slap on a twin turbo setup, crank the boost, and watch it go all the way to 1200hp. Stretch a Lotus, toss in another twin turbo V8, and watch the bastard run with Bugattis and Koenigseggs. I’m all for taking cars that are already powerful enough and going bonkers under the hood in such an excessive way that the tuner could only hail from Texas. But the VelociRaptor is a Ford Raptor truck that replaces the cab with another row of seats and looks like an admittedly decent substitute for the dead Excursion. The price may shock you, however, so put down that venti before you ruin your keyboard.
The cost of the conversion is a cool $149,500. Resume drinking.
For that price, buyers get the 8-seat configuration, but the standard Raptor 411hp 6.2L V8 makes the VelociRaptor 1 second slower than my GTI when sprinting from 0-60mph. But this is America, damn it, and we can’t let our way of life be threatened by some rinky dink hatchback. How about 600hp at the top of the ladder? That’s enough to move mountains, and it does: the most potent VelociRaptor drops that time to a fraction under 6 seconds. The price for that monument to unreserved fuel lust is not yet public, but consider that there are plenty of other upgrades, such as Brembo brakes, custom interior, and even an armor package, that can all push this behemoth into uncharted territory for a limited production SUV. It would easily break $200,000 before any bespoke appointments could be made, and for that money, anyone could go buy a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and a Cayman S. Only 30 VelociRaptors will be made per year, and that makes me happy, because I probably won’t ever see one in real life.
Forget the SUVs and focus on the lunatic sports cars. I hear the 2014 Corvette is going on sale soon…Wait, you already have a 1000hp tune for it? I knew I couldn’t stay mad at Hennessey for long.