All You Need To Know About The Hennessey Veloci Raptor 6×6
How do you stand out in a crowd when Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Porsches are so common? Then there are the ever-present land barges such as tricked-out Cadillac Escalades, Range Rovers, and the stolid Mercedes-Benz G-wagen. Clue: all of the vehicles I have mentioned sport four wheels. So what? Answer: you simply get the Hennessey Veloci raptor 6×6. That is not a typo. As if the ‘regular’ F-150 Raptor is mundane. The VelociRaptor is as imposing as your father-in-law.
It starts life as Ford’s – and America’s – best selling car for 2,000 years straight, the F-150. In Raptor form the 3.5 liters V6 Ecoboost produces a healthy 450 hp. Then John Hennesssey, founder of Hennessey Motors based in Texas, takes it, rips it apart, puts it back together with three axles and engine modifications, and voila! You have a $350,000 monster truck.
The suspension technology involves replicating the remote reservoir Fox racing shocks across all rear wheels. However, they are still linked via a leaf spring set-up. The rear diff can still be operated thru a button in the dash and the ride rises by eight inches.
The engine now produces a meatier 600 hp – 150 up from stock – and 622 lb-ft of torque. This is courtesy of a revised intake and exhaust, a new intercooler and blow-off valve. But this power is needed because the external modifications add an extra 1,000 pounds. That firepower under the hood translates to a 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds. Or in about as much time that a BMW 340i reaches the same speed. But with less power, and have the weight. But that little car is not good at standing out; it is your best bet for blending in, however.
Heading out, you will feel a bit claustrophobic. Not that the truck is small inside as it has oodles of space. Every road will feel like a two-way carriageway as this car is undeniably massive. Parking feels like putting an elephant in a fridge. Thankfully, Ford’s 360 degree works fantastic.
Keep it going and you’ll forget that it has three axles. It is that easy to drive. The steering is not pinpoint accurate but you get a feel for the road; that feedback we enthusiasts crave for in modern BMWs is present here. And because you have six patches on the road, the car is surefooted.
Once you get used to the truck’s dynamics, you notice that, for a boosted V-6, it actually sounds nice. Sure, you’ll miss that burbling, thumping V-8 sound but it is not to be missed badly that having a V-6 will be a deal breaker. It is anything but. The muscle under the hood is put to the ground by a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic. Because it is smooth, you’ll be driving faster than you feel. Not to worry as there is serious stopping power in the form of 6-piston front and 4-piston rear Brembo brakes which also carries a serious price: $25,000. or about what you pay for to buy a brand new Mazda 3.
Aside from costs, however, the biggest question is is it as adept off-road as the regular F-150 Raptor? John Hennessey said of course it is. But he admitted that this will be used more for show than go. Probably a better proposition as it strikes fear in fellow motorists who drive a more humble form of commute.
Finally, off the 50 examples that will be made, 13 have already been ordered. At $350,000 it is a bargain as the VelociRaptors inspiration, the Mercedes-AMG G55 6×6 sells for a lot of more. “At $350k, this is half the price that the AMG went for, and now they’re going for over a million, used,” John exclaimed.
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