Remember the original VelociRaptor by Hennessey? It was a Ford F-150 Raptor converted into one of the most insane SUVs you’ve ever seen. Well, the Folks at Hennessey have hit the “reset” button on the VelociRaptor program, and they are now creating a new SUV based upon the F-250 pickup, essentially creating a continuation of the now-discontinued Excursion.
Hennessey starts things off with a standard Ford F-250 Lariat 4×4 with the 411-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 engine. Then the mad scientists at the Texas-based tuning laboratory replace the bed with an enclosed passenger area, and eliminate the rear wall of the pickup’s cab, turning the F-250 into a full-size SUV.
With the shell of an SUV in place, Hennessey then adds in four full-size doors, cargo doors for the rear, captain’s chairs in for the middle-row seats, and third-row bench seats. This standard setup allows the VelociRaptor to haul up to seven people, but buyers can upgrade it to eight people with the optional middle-row bench seat.
On the outside, Hennessey adds in a beefy front bumper and the obligatory VelociRaptor badges.
Under the hood, the VelociRaptor has three optional engine upgrade packages available, including one diesel unit. The least powerful is the VelociRaptor 600 package, which takes the 6.2-liter engine up to 600 horsepower at 5,700 rpm. The highest-output gasoline option is the VelociRaptor 650 package, which pushes the output to 650 horsepower. Finally, there is also a diesel option in the form of the F-250’s 6.7-liter PowerStroke engine that produces 440 horsepower and 860 pound-feet of torque.
For those who want a little more personalization, Hennessey also has a few options available. The available options include wheel and tire upgrades, a rear bumper upgrade, an LED light bar for the front bumper, a Warn winch, and an off-road suspension package.
The Order books for the new VelociRaptor are now open, but it will take about six month for Hennessey to build your machine. Base pricing starts from $159,500. According to the folks at Hennessey, the engine upgrades run an extra $15,900 for the VR600, $19,500 for the VR650, and $11,000 for the 6.7-liter diesel engine.