America was very happy when Ford announced the Ranger would return to the USA. And it was even happier when the company announced it would do a ‘Raptor’ version. But then its hopes were dashed, its dreams crushed, when Ford announced the Ranger Raptor would not be sold in the States.
Well, good news, Americans—John Hennessey has your back. He’s taken the American version of Ford’s littlest truck and created this, the Hennessey VelociRaptor Ranger.
Power comes from Ford’s 2.3-liter turbopetrol four-cylinder engine. Stock, it makes 270hp and 420Nm, but a less-restrictive, better-sounding stainless-steel cat-back exhaust and some ECU tuning mean the VelociRaptor makes 360hp and 596Nm of torque.
Nil to 60mph (97kph) takes 4.9sec. That’s 2sec quicker than stock, and even faster than a stock F-150 Raptor. Ford’s own Ranger Raptor, which uses a four-cylinder diesel engine, takes over 10sec to hit 100kph.
Hennessey’s ‘Stage 1’ suspension kit lifts the Ranger by four inches. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels and BFG off-road tires add a bit more height, so in all, the VelociRaptor Ranger is six inches taller than standard. You also get a more aggressive front bumper with built-in LEDs, and you can spec a winch.
Prices start at $64,950 (around P3.37 million). That’s only about $1,300 (around P67,400) more than Ford’s own Ranger Raptor. Only 500 will be built in 2019, so Americans, get your order in quick.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.