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Hennessey Performance is well known for their aggressive tuning kits for cars and they have recently turned their eyes to the new Ranger. Though upgrades to the ECU, air induction system and exhaust, they have managed to increase horsepower from 270 to 350bhp. Torque also jumps from 310 to 385 and they claim a 0-60mph time of just 6.1 seconds.
 

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Smart move for Hennessey if they also plan on selling parts because consumers overseas that have gotten this Ranger might be able to use these parts.
 

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Really shows just how detuned these engines are from factory. I would imagine its mostly done for fuel economy reasons, but at least chip tunes could become a cheaper option for those looking for more power.
 

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Once the new Ranger comes around, one of the engine options should be a hybrid powertrain. From the factory it should mean better towing capacity and off-road capability, not sure how important tunes will be at that point.
 

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Now you can see it in action benchmarked against a regular Ford Raptor along the 1320. Along with some more information to follow.



Ford may not have plans to grace Americans with a Ranger Raptor from the factory, but that hasn't stopped Texas-based Hennessey Performance Engineering from doing it anyway.

After announcing plans for the Hennessey VelociRaptor Ranger last month, HPE dished out the final specifications for its performance-oriented mid-size pickup truck, and it's quicker than a stock F-150 Raptor. The VelociRaptor Ranger comes with 360 horsepower and a healthy 440 pound-feet of torque. Both of those figures are higher than HPE's prior estimates of 350 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque. A stock 2019 Ford Ranger's 2.3-liter turbo-4 engine makes 270 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque.

The video, shown above, compares HPE's latest creation to a standard Ford F-150 Raptor, which makes 450 hp. The lighter weight and performance upgrades outdo the beefier F-150 as the VelociRaptor Ranger leaves the full-size pickup a couple of truck-lengths behind in a 0-100-mph drag race.

Unlike some of HPE's other builds, this one doesn't use any additional turbochargers or other forced induction. Instead, HPE has applied its engine management system upgrade and increased air flow where deemed necessary. The pickup also gains a less restrictive cat-back exhaust. The upgrades shoot the VelociRaptor Ranger from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds.

To be worthy of the VelociRaptor name, which has graced previous F-150 Raptor builds from HPE, the Ranger also gets off-road performance upgrades. The company added its Stage 1 off-road suspension package, which includes a 4-inch lift, BFG Mud Terrain TA KM2 tires, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The front bumper is unique to the VelociRaptor Ranger and includes LED lights with an option for a winch package.

HPE plans to build 500 of the souped-up Rangers this year with a price of $64,950. The total includes a new 2019 Ranger; the upgrades on their own cost $19,950 plus a destination charge.
-- MotorAuthority
 

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the specifications for anyone interested in seeing a quick breakdown


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2019 Hennessey VelociRaptor Ford Ranger Truck Specifications
PERFORMANCE:
• 0-60 mph: 4.9 sec. (stock 7.4 sec.)
• 1/4 mile: 13.9 sec. @ 101 mph (stock 15.2 sec. @ 91 mph)



POWER:
• 360 bhp @ 5,600 rpm
• 440 lb-ft torque @ 3,800 rpm



UPGRADE INCLUDES:
• Hennessey VelociRaptor Engine management software upgrade
• Hennessey VelociRaptor Stainless steel catback exhaust system
• Hennessey VelociRaptor Stage 1 suspension lift kit (4-inch increase)
• Hennessey VelociRaptor 18-inch alloy wheels
• BF Goodrich KM2 Tires 285/70R18
• Hennessey VelociRaptor front bumper upgrade with LED lights
• Fender flairs painted to match the vehicle
• Hennessey & VelociRaptor exterior badges
• Hennessey embroidered headrests
• Limited edition (500 units for 2019) serial numbered plaques in engine compartment & interior
• Professional installation
• Chassis Dyno Tuning & Road Testing
• 3 year/36,000 Mile Limited Warranty
 

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One of my favorite reviewers just posted his one take on the Hennessy Ranger. Unlike a lot of them out there, he has experience driving a wide range of vehicle, more than most people can dream of in their lifetime. Even if you try, its not easy keeping up with Matt, lol

 

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Autoblog recently reviewed the VelociRaptor Ranger and while they really like the truck they also mention how it's hard to justify the price.
Even if you start with a cheaper Ranger XLT FX4, which will save you about $8,000, the price of the Hennessey will still buy a Raptor with a few tasty options. And a ZR2 Bison will give you about $7,000 in change. Even if you add a lift and a set of 33s you’d be way ahead. A Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is also cheaper and it can go places the others simply can’t.

This is probably why Ford is resisting the Ranger Raptor in this market. To make sense it would have to cost much less than an F-150 Raptor, which has a base price around $53,000. With a loaded Ranger Lariat equipped with the FX4 Off-Road Package (it adds the locking rear differential) at around $45,000, that’s probably not possible, which is probably why other tuners aren’t offering hot-rodded Rangers. Not Roush. Not Saleen.

Bottom line, if you want a faster and more capable version of the Ford Ranger, and you want one with a warranty, the Hennessey VelociRaptor Ranger is really your only option. If you write that check, you'll get a fun truck.
 

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Its price might be high but have they noticed how many people are willing to spend that much, or more for a well configured vehicle?
 
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