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Hennessey is building a 600bhp, six-wheeled Raptor
And it wants to bite your face off. This, or a Merc G63 6X6?
Texan tuning outfit Hennessey Performance is adhering to a long-held TG philosophy that more wheels are better. This is because Texas tuning outfit Hennessey Performance is adding an extra pair of wheels to the hotly-anticipated 2017 Ford Raptor. Along with more power. Obviously.
It’s called the VelociRaptor 6X6 ‘concept’, though it wears that suffix loosely. It’s happening. TG is excited.
Hennessey’s kit includes locking rear axles, upgraded Baja-spec Fox suspension, new 20-inch wheels, chunky off-road rubber, beefy get-the-hell-out-of-my-way front and rear bumpers, a new rollbar and blinding LED lights. We’re not sure if it’ll be as sophisticated as Mercedes’ six-wheeled G63 (twin suspension for each wheel assembly, portal axles and more diff locks than you can shake an input shaft at), but at £230,000 (no donor car needed), Hennessey’s Raptor is a lot cheaper than the £370,000 G63 6X6.
You can of course upgrade your VelociRaptor to ‘600’ spec. Ticking that particular box gives you two bigger turbos onto the 3.5-litre EcoBoost twin-turbo V6, and a dyno receipt that reads in excess of 600bhp. Quite a jump over the standard 450bhp, but still fed through Ford’s new ten-speed transmission.
There’s more than that. You also get new exhaust tweaks, an upgraded front mounted air to air intercooler, and a flash of the ECU to give more grunt and goodness. Then there are the options: a Brembo front and rear brake upgrade (highly-recommended if you’re juicing up the power), larger wheels and tyres (beneficial if you have a large Instagram following), LED lighting upgrades (if you need to go to Specsavers), bespoke interiors (if you like animal patterns) and armouring systems (if, erm, you get shot at regularly).
There’s no word on when it’ll be available, but the VelociRaptor 6X6 can be ordered directly from Hennessey Performance or through select Ford dealers now. Form an orderly queue.