Is it better than Ford’s 2017 F-150 Raptor?

John Hennessey and his Hennessey Performance company have been making cars and trucks faster for quite a while. In fact, Hennessey is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016. In celebration, Hennessey is building 25 special edition Velociraptor F-150s. They might not be based on the F-150 Raptor, but the aftermarket tuning company addresses all the missing hardware on the standard truck.

The Velocirator name came about when Hennessey started tuning F-150 Raptor pickups. These desert-running beasts were great from the factory, but many customers wanted more power. That’s were John’s experience with adding horses came in. Superchargers were added to the Raptors’ 5.4-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s, giving the first-generation Raptors a kick in the pants. Tuned to the max with the 6.2-liter, the Raptors were capable of extreme horsepower ratings.

Well, the same can be said for Ford’s 5.0-liter V-8. It’s extremely similar to the Five-Oh found in the Mustang GT – a car Hennessey is well familiar with. The result is supercharged V-8 making 704 horsepower.

Of course, there’s plenty more add-ons and optional goodies found on the 25th anniversary Velociraptor, so jump on down for the full scoop.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hennessey 25th Anniversary Velociraptor 700.

  • 2016 Hennessey 25th Anniversary Velociraptor 700
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    704 @ 6000
  • Displacement:
    5.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    140 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; 4WD
  • Price:
    80000 (Est.)
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  • body style:

Exterior

2016 Hennessey 25th Anniversary Velociraptor 700 Exterior
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2016 Hennessey 25th Anniversary Velociraptor 700 Exterior
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2016 Hennessey 25th Anniversary Velociraptor 700 Exterior
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There’s no denying something’s up with this F-150. Stock it isn’t. Up front, Hennessey added a steel off-road bumper with LED light pods and a center light bar. A short stinger bar protects the grille and headlights. The same style of bumper protects the rear of the truck as well. Side steps welded into the bumper make getting into the bed an easy task, while all the towing hardware and wiring harnesses are retained for utility’s sake.

The truck in these photos benefits from Hennessey’s optional 20-inch wheel and tire upgrade. This particular wheel set is from Method Racing. The tires are Toyo Open Country A/T.

And despite this F-150 not being a true Raptor from Ford, Hennessey added the Raptor-style digital mud on the bed, complete with the company’s script logo. Then there’s the “Velociraptor 700 Supercharged” sticker on the bottom of the front doors.

Interior

Hennessey left the F-150’s interior basically stock. The only real change – at least visible in the photos or mentioned in the press materials – are the embroidered headrests with the Hennessey logo. Of course, being a limited edition model, the Velociraptor 700 gets a serial numbered dash plaque signifying its place in history.

Drivetrain

2016 Hennessey 25th Anniversary Velociraptor 700 Drivetrain
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It’s under the hood where most of Hennessey’s work takes place. The 5.0-liter V-8’s internals are left alone, with engineers focusing mainly on airflow. Specifically, the engine’s intake is replaced by a 2.9-liter supercharger. A high-flow air induction system ensures the blower has sufficient air volume. However, superchargers create lots of heat, so an air-to-water intercooler helps dissipate heat. On the back side, stainless steel cat-back exhaust helps the engine exhale.

Controlling the engine is a Hennessey’s HPE Engine Management Calibration to the ECU, giving engine a more aggressive attitude. But all that extra air needs extra fuel. Hennessey compensates with high-flow fuel injectors. All told, the engine creates 704 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. That’s a very respectable boost over the 385 horsepower it had stock.

One of the high points of Hennessey’s program is a full chassis dyno tuning and road test. The work comes with a three-year, 36,000-mile limited warranty to boot.

Suspension

2016 Hennessey 25th Anniversary Velociraptor 700 Exterior
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Hennessey hasn’t listed details about the 25th anniversary Velociraptor 700’s suspension system, but upgraded shock absorbers are visible in the photos. This gives the truck a more compliant ride over rough terrain. The truck also sports a modest suspension lift, helping it clear off-road obstacles like logs, ruts, or deep sand.

Prices

As with any tuning program, pricing is always hard to predict. Many factors like vehicle cost, labor, parts, and the desired performance all play a role. For the Velociraptor 700, the largest price will be the donor F-150. A crew cab truck with 4WD and the 5.0-liter V-8 run between $35,000 to $60,000, depending on trim level. Then tack on the go-fast bits and suspension modifications, and you’re looking at another $10,000 to $20,000.

Competition

Chevrolet Reaper By Southern Comfort

2014 Chevrolet Silverado Reaper by Southern Comfort Automotive and Lingenfelter High Resolution Exterior
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The Chevy Reaper is a solid competitor to the VelociRaptor, though perhaps not as off-road worthy. Made by Southern Comfort, the Reaper takes a stock Chevy Silverado and adds an extensive body kit, a suspension package, wheels and tires, and extra power thanks to a supercharger.

Packages for both the 5.3-liter V-8 and the 6.2-liter V-8 are available, with the 5.3-liter boosted to 475 horsepower, while the 6.2-liter gets 550 horses.

Read more about the Chevrolet Reaper here.

Conclusion

2016 Hennessey 25th Anniversary Velociraptor 700 Exterior
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The Velociraptor 700 is a hellacious truck worthy of 25th anniversary badge. Not only does it help Hennessey mark its silver anniversary, but it helps build anticipation for the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. What’s more, it ignites an excitement to see what Hennessey has planned for the new Raptor. Will it be bigger turbos on the new second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost? How much power will it make? What more can be done with the Baja-ready suspension system? Yep, color us excited.

Nevertheless, we can still appreciate what Hennessey has already built. The Velociraptor 700 will definitely make those 25 customers very happy.

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    • * Expensive
    • * Not based on a factory Raptor
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