2019 Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6

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One Extreme Raptor

The Ford F-150 Raptor is one of the most aggressively capable off-road pickup trucks on the market. But it seems some folks are looking for a little more out of their Raptors — or, in some cases, a lot more. These rapacious off-roaders are turning to Hennessey Performance Engineering in Sealy, Texas, to take their Raptors to the next level — and that level can be downright outrageous. We were fortunate enough to be invited to visit the Hennessey facility and actually got behind the wheel of one of the most extreme Raptors available: the Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6.

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The Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 is the Ultimate Upgrade

Hennessey offers a number of enhancements for the F-150 Raptor, but the 6X6 is the ultimate upgrade. The truck we drove is based on the 2019 Raptor but features 6X6 locking rear axles, upgraded Fox suspension, custom 20-inch wheels with larger off-road tires, special front, and rear bumpers, and an array of LED lights. Oh, and should we mention it again: the Velociraptor is a 6X6, meaning not only does it have six wheels, but it also possesses six-wheel-drive!

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceThe Hennessey VelociRaptor is Super Powerful

While these upgrades will certainly capture the attention of any onlookers, Hennessey is best known for its work under the hood. The truck we drove has upgraded twin turbochargers, stainless steel exhaust, an upgraded air-to-air intercooler, and a retuned factory computer that results in 600-plus horsepower under the hood. This high level of low-volume custom work does not come cheap — the VelociRaptor 6X6 runs about $350,000. Hennessey also has the ability (or insanity) to be able to swap in a V8 for those seeking to eke out a bit more power.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceBig Truck

The VelociRaptor 6X6 is one big truck. With the larger tires and upgraded shocks it sits up pretty high — even with running boards it’s a huge step up to climb in. Also noticeable is a longer bed length, since it has to be extended to accommodate two rear axles. This means the truck bed is also quite spacious, so we asked about increased payload capability, and the response was as expected: most buyers of the VelociRaptor 6X6 don’t care a whit about payload or towing — it’s all about the show.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceHuge Sound

Thanks to those big stainless-steel side pipes, simply starting up the VelociRaptor turn heads — no way is this a stealthy truck. As we maneuvered out of the parking area and headed to Hennessey’s test track, we were surprised that there were no binding or turning issues given the massive tires and ride height — and with the standard rearview camera, even backing up in this massive pickup is not a problem.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience4- or 6-Wheel Drive

Both rear axles are always engaged, so at a minimum, the truck is in 4-wheel drive. And similar to the standard Ford Raptor, sending power to the front wheels is easily selected in the cabin, turning this into a 6-wheel-drive monster. Although it would have been fun to try some off-roading in this clearly capable machine, we had to “make do” with a drive on Hennessey’s closed-course — and dragstrip.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceDecidedly Drivable

Aside from being one of the largest pickup trucks on the road, the VelociRaptor handles well. The ride is comfortable with a stylish interior that carries over from the stock Raptor. Ultimately it drives like a regular pickup truck — which is meant as a sincere compliment.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceThe VelociRaptor 6X6 is Surprisingly Quick

Given the VelociRaptor’s extreme mass, the additional power under the hood is welcome. At full throttle on Hennessey’s dragstrip the VelciRaptor roars as it should, and acceleration is surprisingly strong. Clearly this is not a vehicle intended for the dragstrip, but we did approach triple digits before we had to employ the powerful Brembo brakes to bring this massive Raptor in for a landing.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperiencePerfect for the Valet Stand

Sure, with the VelociRaptor 6X6 it would have been fun to devour a mountain or find a nice mud pit to play in, but even on the pavement it certainly fulfills its role as attention-getter. And best of all, as stated previously, it drives like a regular — albeit very large — pickup truck. So, if you happen to be looking for the ultimate vehicle to pull up to a valet stand, or survive the next zombie apocalypse, this unique truck may be the answer.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceHennessey VelociRaptor 6X6

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceHennessey VelociRaptor 6X6

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceHennessey VelociRaptor 6X6

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceHennessey VelociRaptor 6X6

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceHennessey VelociRaptor 6X6

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceHennessey VelociRaptor 6X6

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