2015 - 2016 Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV
Leave it to Hennessey to build the biggest and baddest aftermarket machines. Say hello to its latest version of the VelociRaptor. Though the tuning house has made its VelociRaptor SUV in the past, it was based on the Ford F-150 Raptor, hence the name. This example, however, is based on the F-250 Super Duty.
Hennessey doesn’t leave many stock parts on this beast – everything from the C-pillar back is custom built, while the Super Duty’s suspension is completely reworked with high-performance off-road parts. High-strength steel bumpers front and rear bookend the project with a Warn winch at the front and a Class V receiver hitch at the back.
Essentially, this is a brand-new 2015 Ford Excursion on steroids.
Since Ford stopped producing the three-quarter ton Excursion in 2005, the Expedition has been Ford’s only body-on-frame SUV. For those customers needing the extra pulling capacity and three rows of seating, the 2500-series Suburban and Yukon XL were the only choices – that is until GM cut production of those as well.
But now, if you’ve got six months to wait for construction and $159,500 to spend, Hennessey will make this hyped-up Excursion for you.
Beyond the body and suspension changes, the F-250’s 6.2-liter V-8 gets the option of a supercharger, allowing the engine to produce either 600 or 650 horsepower, depending on which package is ordered. For those torque fiends, Hennessey will build the VelociRaptor around a Power Stroke-equipped F-250. The mighty turbodiesel kicks out 440 horsepower and 880 pound-feet of torque.
It might be expensive, but the Hennessey’s new version of the VelociRaptor is one bad beast.
Continue reading to learn more about the Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV.
2015 - 2016 Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV
Horsepower @ RPM:600
0-60 time:6.5 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:125 mph (Est.)
The majority of the VelociRaptor’s changes happen on the outside. From the C-pillars rearward, the F-250’s bed is replaced with an Excursion-like enclosure that allows for an extra row of seating. Hennessey goes so far as to include the Excursions back lift glass and Dutch door design. From Hennessey’s renderings, it looks as if the designers simply replaced the front clip of a used Excursion with that of the 2015 F-250. But that’s not the case — all the parts are new.
The only major change to the F-250 cab and front end are the additions of fender flares and a steel front bumper. The bumper houses a Warn winch and has two eyelets for D-ring shackles. Fog lights are also incorporated into the package. Under the doors lies a Raptor-like side step. Out back, a matching steel bumper boasts similar D-ring eyelets and corner steps.
Also on the upgrade list are the wheels and tires. Beadlock-style wheels are wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires for good off-road grip without sacrificing on-road comfort. The suspension is also heavily modified. Looking closely at the renderings, the A-arms look like beefed up versions of the standard Ford Raptor. Large MacPherson struts likely do the dampening with remote reservoir shocks. Hennessey likely keeps the F-250’s leaf spring rear suspension, but with upgraded shocks and bump stops.
Like with the body, the majority of changes happen after the C-pillar. In the interior’s case, the F-250’s rear bulkhead is cut out, making room for an SUV cabin. The second-row bench is most likely moved rearward to the third row while twin captain’s chairs sit in its place. Hennessey will also install a second-row bench if seating for eight is desired.
Nearly doubling the F-250’s seating capacity isn’t the only benefit. Cargo room behind the third row should be the same as the production Excursion. The same should hold true for the cargo room with the third row removed.
The F-250’s dash is left stock, with its large driver’s information display in the gauge cluster and MyFord Touch infotainment display in the center stack.
Note: 6.7-liter Power Stroke shown
Hennessey offers VelociRaptor customers to choose between the F-250’s two engine choices. The standard engine is the 6.2-liter V-8. Without any extra cost, Hennessey will leave the cast iron, aluminum head V-8 in its stock configuration, making 385 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. Of course, no one wants to buy a vehicle from Hennessey with a stock engine, so the tuner offers its VelociRaptor 600 and 650 packages. Obviously following the packages’ names, output is increased to either 600 or 650 horsepower thanks to a supercharger and several other power-adding parts.
Backing both the gasoline and diesel engines are similar versions of Ford’s six-speed automatic transmission and an electronically controlled, two-speed transfer case.
The VelociRaptor is sadly yet expectedly, no cheap. Hennessey is charging $159,500 for the base upgrades. Customers will be paying more for the supercharger packages and the Power Stroke option from Ford.
As with many of Hennessey’s products, specialized customization is optional. Customers can order just about any accessory and the build team will install it. All it takes is money and time.
Hennessey’s new VelociRaptor SUV doesn’t have much competition from automakers these days, so the closest real competitor is Hennessey’s previous VelociRaptor SUV. Constructed in much the same fashion as the Super Duty VelociRaptor, the original VelociRaptor was built using the F-150 Raptor. It came with a more powerful, 411-horse version of the 6.2-liter V-8 found in the F-250, and for good measure, Hennessey still threw on a supercharger.
The F-150-based VelociRaptor SUV used the same Excursion-styled rear end to add more interior room where the cargo bed once sat. While the look worked, the F-250-based VelociRaptor looks far more production. While its doubtful Ford will ever produce an SUV like the Excursion again, it’s hard not to wish it still did.
Read more about the Ford F-150 VelociRaptor SUV here.
Hennessey’s latest venture to build an updated version of the Ford Excursion certainly looks awesome. It offers three rows of seating, your choice in three power outputs of the gasoline V-8 or the Power Stroke turbodiesel, and a full list of add-ons to make the body-on-frame truck more personalized.
There’s definitely nothing on the market like it – even in stock form – so Hennessey should do well with building these. Granted, the tuner won’t be churning out a thousand examples a day, but the interest should be quite impressive. Hennessey says it should take roughly six months between the time an order is placed to when delivery is completed.
For anyone who wants the added capability of an Excursion but the suspension characteristics of a F-150 Raptor, this is the machine to envy.