Hennessey is known for its nutty creations (i.e. the soon-to-come 300-mph-plus Venom V5), and this is another wild product just like the ones before it. The performance engineering firm decided to swap the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 for a Ford 5.0-liter V8 engine attached to a supercharger. We say attached to, because it’s a massive 2.9-liter supercharger system, producing seven psi of boost. It’s tuned to produce 758 horsepower, and rockets the truck to 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds. That’s right, your nearly 6,000-pound Raptor will run neck-and-neck with a Mustang GT now. The Raptor wasn’t slow before, but this will certainly sate any of the traditionalists who thought the car needed a V8 from the beginning. Hennessey has even made a hotter 605 horsepower version of the V6 truck, but in case that wasn’t enough for you, now there’s this. It still uses lots of Ford parts, too, including the 10-speed transmission, Ford wiring harness and ECUs.
So if you buy this truck, you’re probably buying it for the V8 sound, but Hennessey does more to it than just engine modifications. The VelociRaptor V8 adds a six-inch(!) lift kit, 20-inch alloy wheels, 37-inch BF Goodrich KM03 off-road tires and the full VelociRaptor bodykit. There are V8 exterior badges and numbered plaques in the interior and the engine bay to designate it as a V8, too.
Here’s the part you don’t want to hear: the $147,950 price tag (includes the truck itself and the modifications). Only 100 of these V8 powered VelociRaptors will be built for the 2019 model year. They all come with a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty that covers everything. Check out the video below of Hennessey ripping burnouts with the guttural-sounding truck, then decide if the soundtrack is worth the wallet flush.