Hennessey proposal the VelociRaptor SUV, based on the Ford F-150 Raptor pickup truck. The full-sized SUV offers seating for up to 8 people and picks up where the Ford Excursion left off (for good reason, some may say).
Although the conversion uses all of the factory Ford Raptor truck components and systems, Hennessey Performance says it hasn’t tested yet the off-road capabilities of the VelociRaptor SUV and recommends customers to use the SUV for on-road as well as light to moderate off-road duties. We imagine this has something to do with the added 600 lbs (272 kg) compared to the Raptor.
Priced at $149,500 (€116,200), the standard VelociRaptor SUV is powered by the same 6.2-liter 411 horsepower Ford V8 engine from the Raptor, while the VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged upgrade brings 600 horsepower to the tarmac. The standard model can sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.5 seconds, while the 600-hp model drops the 0-60 mph time to 5.9 seconds.
Other optional equipment includes Brembo front brakes, larger wheels and tires, LED lighting, bespoke interior and electronic upgrades.
“The F-Series Super Duty Platinum is the latest expression of Built Ford Tough truck luxury,” commented Brian Rathsburg, F-Series Super Duty Marketing manager. “It has a distinct appearance and a long list of features to deliver a superior experience. Along with that, it has all of the capability F-Series trucks are famous for.”
The Platinum model is available only in the Super Duty crew cab as an F-250, F-350 or F-450 pickup with either a 400hp 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel engine or the 385hp 6.2-liter V8 gasoline unit.
On the outside, the flagship truck model gets a unique grille with a satin chrome surround and perforated mesh inside, a monochromatic bumper and chrome tow hooks, plus bespoke 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels with painted black inserts. More chrome can be found on the door handles, mirror caps, running boards and exhaust tip as well as on the “Platinum” badges,
The more lavish interior is slathered in leather and wood trim while there’s also a new storage area on top of the dash that includes two USB ports, audio-video connections, SD card slot and a 12-volt charging port for cell phones and other digital devices.
Other extras include a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, the MyFord Touch telematics system that includes navigation and a new 8-inch, high-resolution touch screen display, power-adjustable pedals, rear view camera and a universal garage door.
Sales of the 2013 Ford F-Series Super Duty Platinum will start later this year.
For 2014 the cosmetic touches include a Ruby Red Metallic exterior color (or optionally, Tuxedo Black Metallic) and box-side graphics on the outside, and ‘Brick Red’ seat bolsters with black inserts and cloth honeycomb highlights, console top finish panel, and center stack and door panel appliqué accents, on the inside.
Other than that, it’s the same F-150 SVT Raptor we know powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to an electronic six-speed automatic transmission and a 4WD system featuring electronic shift-on-the-fly capability for the transfer case.