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Hennessey adds more wheels and more horses to Ford Raptor

Hennessey adds more wheels and...
Six wheels, no waiting – the VelociRaptor 6X6
Six wheels, no waiting – the VelociRaptor 6X6
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Prices for the VelociRaptor 6X6, including the base truck, will start at US$295,000
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Prices for the VelociRaptor 6X6, including the base truck, will start at US$295,000
Six wheels, no waiting – the VelociRaptor 6X6
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Six wheels, no waiting – the VelociRaptor 6X6

Mercedes has done it with its G 63 AMG and Kahn Design has done it with the Land Rover Defender, now Hennessey Performance is going to do it with Ford's upcoming 2017 F-150 Raptor … the Texas-based company is offering to turn the already-aggressive pickup into a six-wheel-drive monster, named the VelociRaptor 6X6.

Hennessey says it will take the stock 2017 Raptor four-door truck, and add features such as 6X6 locking rear axles, an upgraded Fox suspension, upgraded 20-inch wheels and off-road tires, special front and rear bumpers, a rollbar and LED lights. Prices for that package, including the base truck, will start at US$295,000.

Prices for the VelociRaptor 6X6, including the base truck, will start at US$295,000
Prices for the VelociRaptor 6X6, including the base truck, will start at US$295,000

Buyers wanting a little more oomph – in the form of 600+ horsepower – can go for the optional VelociRaptor 600 twin turbo upgrade. It will add upgraded twin turbochargers, stainless steel exhaust modifications, an upgraded front-mounted air-to-air intercooler and plumbing, and a re-tuned factory computer. That package can also be installed on clients' existing Raptor 4X4s, for $22,500.

If having a six-wheeled Raptor doesn't set them apart enough, buyers can also opt for extras including a Brembo front and rear brake upgrade, larger wheels and tires, LED lighting upgrades, bespoke interiors, electronic upgrades and armoring systems.

There's currently no word on performance. If you want one, though, you can order it directly from Hennessey Performance or through select Hennessey/Ford dealers.

Source: Hennessey Performance

5 comments
Andrew Larmour
Actually, Kahn Design were not the first (and theirs are custom built to order) to produce a 6x6 Landrover Defender - the Australian Army have had Land Rover Perentie (approx 300 built) in service as both 4x4 and 6X6 since 1988 and have recently been phased out in favour of Mercedes G-Wagons. These came with a range of different cabs and rear body styles from flatbeds to enclosed ambulances. Do an image search of "Landrover Perentie 6x6" to see what I mean.
Island Architect
If the rear wheels are bogied pairs, and if they could work out a similar arrangement for the front, The ride would be incredibly smooth and the rolling resistance would be cut to 1/4.
Then you would really have something to zoom around in and certainly the Sheiks would love it.
Thanks to Bill Allison.
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Grunt
Mercedes, Kahn and Ford are really just "also-rans" in this game. Back in the 'seventies and early 'eighties, numerous UK firms, including SMC, Townley, Sandringham and even LR Special Vehicle Operations themselves, churned out a whole variety of 6x6 versions on the Series and Defender models. There were also Range Rover variants. The Perentie 6x6 was prototyped in UK and, subsequently, further developed in OZ for military use back in the last century too. Arguably, its success in service is what led to the requirement for a 6x6 variant of the G Wagens they purchased more recently. Many other manufacturers and specialists have gone down the 6x6 route too, using such vehicles as the Jeep and the Toyota Hi-Lux. The king of them all, of course, was the Steyr Daimler Puch Pinzgauer 712 and 718, which was actually designed as a 6x6, not a half-baked conversion on an existing chassis. So, it's good to see that Ford have finally caught up..... at last. ;-))
Stephen N Russell
Why cant Nissan or Toyota do this 2?? Be sweet.