Hennessey Builds America the Ranger Raptor That Ford Won't

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By Aaron Bragman

The new 2019 Ford Ranger is an excellent truck, one that we wish Ford had brought to the U.S. years ago. But we salivate even more at the forbidden fruit that Ford won't bring to the U.S.: the Ranger Raptor, the off-road truck that Ford sells in foreign markets but not in the land where the Ranger was born. Well if Ford won't do it, says tuner shop Hennessey Performance, we'll have to do it ourselves. And they have — presenting the new 2019 Hennessey VelociRaptor Ford Ranger.

Related: Ford Exec Confirms: No Ranger Raptor for the U.S.

These are the folks who have been selling various custom limited-edition versions of the big F-150 Raptor for almost a decade now, including an SUV version and the completely nutty six-wheeled $349,000 VelociRaptor 6x6. They've turned their attention to something a little less expensive, giving the Ranger the Raptor treatment that Americans have been clamoring for. And it does indeed look sweet.

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It starts with the standard turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that powers all American Rangers (the global Ranger Raptor is diesel-powered). Hennessey boosts the power from 270 horsepower to 350 hp, and ups the torque from 310 pounds-feet to 385. A new high-flow air induction system, stainless-steel cat-back exhaust and engine control unit tune (with increased boost) knock 1.3 seconds off the Ranger's zero-to-60-mph time — it now sprints there in 6.1 seconds.

The big Raptor is known more for its off-road prowess than its sheer grunt, and Hennessey helped the Ranger here, too. Its Ranger VelociRaptor features the company's Stage 1 off-road performance suspension upgrade with a 4-inch lift that dramatically helps ground clearance. Add in the 17-inch alloy wheels and BFGoodrich All-Terrain 285/70R17 off-road tires, and Hennessey says it's added 6 inches of ground clearance. With the stock FX4 Ranger already providing 8.9 inches of ground clearance, it's going to be one heck of a hike up into the cabin if the Hennessey VelociRaptor is packing nearly 15 inches of ground clearance.

Cosmetically, the VelociRaptor has an upgraded front bumper with LED lights and an optional winch, fender flares bulk up the wheel wells and Hennessey graphics run down the rear fenders. A roof-mounted LED light bar is optional.

The starting price of $64,950 includes the price of a new 2019 Ford Ranger. If you have your own Ranger and just want the upgrade package, it's $19,950 plus shipping costs. Hennessey is planning on making only 500 of these turnkey 2019 models, which you can buy directly from the company or at select authorized Hennessey Performance Ford dealers. Each upgrade comes with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty. We can't say whether the Ranger VelociRaptor can do what a standard Ford F-150 Raptor can — blast across the desert at astonishing speeds, emulating a Baja race truck that you can take to the grocery store — but perhaps we'll get lucky enough to get some seat time in the near future to let you know.

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Let's see if they try to hide the fuel economy stats the way Ford (corporate) did.

Fuel Economy? Haha, I don't think fuel economy is even a consideration when buying a truck like this. This is all about performance and looks, and I think this truck has nailed the 'good, tough looks' category.

Looks okay, you mention it is an excellent truck, well per all the reviews it would have been an excellent truck if it would have been brought over here years ago, now per most reviews it is needing upgrading and is either 3rd or 4th place among mid-size trucks.
then there is the lift. what shocks did they use, like the Raptor (Foxx) or ZR2(DSSV) or some off-road beat ya to death shocks? How much wheel travel over stock? ZR2 and Raptor are over 12 inches.

looked at the web age, it has some shiny dual shocks on the back and baby blue shocks on the front.

Have fun getting this product from Hennessey. I read an article somewhere, that stated Hennessey was so far behind in production, that many people who have bought Hennessey's products have been waiting a year for their vehicles.

No thank you.

Short note. There was a doctor here in Midwest few years ago that had Hennessey supercharge his Escalade. Paid $28K if I remember right. My buddy paid $8K to have Glanzer performance put his on his Platinum Escalade. What a waste of money, but hey, it did have a Hennessey logo on it for the $28k.

Fuel Economy? Haha, I don't think fuel economy is even a consideration

@gasbuddy

those of us who don't live under a rock have known for the last week or so that Ford has labored mightily to conceal a scandal involving bogus EPA/CAFE numbers on the new Ranger.

FE is a very hot topic in Dearborn these days. If the DOJ gets involved, things might even get hotter.

There are 4-6 companies providing lifts and bumpers for these, let alone fender flairs and wheels

to see some cool rangers go to the f50 forum

That side shots ugly with that little bob tail...way better look if was lowered...but then it wouldn't be a baby Raptor.

Looks cool... as a hobby vehicle.

Why does anyone need so many LED lights to navigate the grocery store parking lot?

Nice truck way better than the GARBAGE MOTORS little twins. And hey ford started all the tailgate thing NOT Garbage Motors. What GARBAGE MOTORS INVENTED WAS JUST GARBAGE HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Yeah

@Chingon

Better than twins? The twins offer this truck from the factory. For the price that Hennessey is going to charge for this. You could probably buy a brand new ZR2 (as a toy) and a lightly used canyon or colorado to use as a daily driver.

Think about it fella!

As for the tailgate, you are correct, Ford started a step within the tailgate, but GM made the bumper step 7 years before Ford did, which made access to the truck bed much easier, hence, why Ford made the tailgate step, bc GM already patented the bumper step. Good try little fella

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA hey Sport which means FORD came out with a better IDEA and it didn’t follow Garbage Motors by integrating a bumper step. So yeah FORD CAME FIRST WITH THE TAILGATE STEP WHICH IS WAY BETTER THAN THE STUPID BUMPER STEP. The tailgate step it gives you a way better access to the bed.

The tailgate step it gives you a way better access to the bed.
Posted by: Chingon | Mar 5, 2019

Ford's step looks like it was invented by a committee. You'd have to pay me to use the d*mn thing

Well gosh darn it, I will have to agree with TNTGMC, I wouldn't give my money to them.


Well gosh darn it, I will have to agree with TNTGMC, I wouldn't give my money to them.


@ Chingon

You can only use Ford's step when nothing is hooked up to it. Plus even when something isn't hooked up its further off the ground then GM's bumper step.

Second, GM doesn't charge you for the steps, Ford does for the tailgate step. And there are no moving parts..

The new multi-pro tailgate has 6 functions, not 1 function. It very innovative. My concern is how long will it hold up, just like the Ram tailgate. I would opt not to buy either one.

I for one am 100% completely satisfied with the no-charge bumper steps.

You can only use Ford's step when nothing is hooked up to it. Plus even when something isn't hooked up its further off the ground then GM's bumper step.


Second, GM doesn't charge you for the steps, Ford does for the tailgate step. And there are no moving parts..


The new multi-pro tailgate has 6 functions, not 1 function. It very innovative. My concern is how long will it hold up, just like the Ram tailgate. I would opt not to buy either one.

I for one am 100% completely satisfied with the no-charge bumper steps.


Posted by: TNTGMC | Mar 5, 2019 11:00:22 AM

I find when a bumper pull trailer is hooked to my truck it's really easy to get to the bed from the tongue of the trailer
and the trailers i pull the tongues a lower to the ground than the "man Step" or the bumper step

i like the bumper step, it's simple and basic, but i love my "man Step" it takes .28 second to drop it down and use it, i don't use the pole, i tailgate in the football season with 3 other people every time we go down we pack up the back of the truck it makes carrying things to back (or front of bed)of the truck so much easier, you can't do that with a bumper step

"but i love my "man Step" it takes .28 second to drop it down and use it, i don't use the pole, i tailgate in the football season with 3 other people every time we go down we pack up the back of the truck it makes carrying things to back (or front of bed)of the truck so much easier, you can't do that with a bumper step"

@ Turbo

That's why GM created the Multi-pro tailgate, just for what you said. And it has built in speakers for all your tailgating needs!!

But I just prefer to slide them into the bed of the truck then use the bumper step to step up and arrange them the way I need it arranged. All in about the same time it takes you to drop your "Man Step"

But hey, to each his own..

Is this article on tailgates/steps?
Is this truck a Hennessey or a Ford?

That's why GM created the Multi-pro tailgate, just for what you said. And it has built in speakers for all your tailgating needs!!


we set up a 10x20 enclosed canopy so the multi-pro tailgate and it's glorious set-up is quite useless to me

Okaaayyyy a toy from a custom shop.

Bolt this bolt that stir in $$$... shazam! aftermarket accessorized toy.

Can do it with anything.

I'm much more interested in what the manufacturers are doing/not doing, succeeding/failing at.

There are a couple of reasons the US is yet to receive the Ranger Raptor;
1. Lack of a suitable chassis, and
2. Competition againt the F-150 Raptor.

Chassis Issue:
As we all know the F-150 Raptor rides on a heavy F-150 Chassis. This was needed to support extended control arms and loads placed on the chassis.

The US Ranger Raptor sits on an Americanised lightened chassis. The global Raptor's chassis sits on a global Ranger chassis. These frames are designed to carry 1.2 tonnes (2 800lbs) down Thai jungle tracks (sort of like a HD Midsizer, even with diesel engines). So the global Ranger Raptor has the chassis.

The front end of the global Ranger Raptor supports the 5 cyl 3.2 diesel (same engine used in HD Ford vans). This engine weighs more than a V8.

It would not be hard to procure the components needed for a US Ranger Raptor as they have been engineered and tested already. Its the US pickup design philosophy is different. Driving on well maintained surfaces allows US pickup design the ability to reduce the strength of frames that are not strong enough for global consumption.

@Big Al--Where does the Global Ranger rank in sales in Australia? Is the Toyota Hilux still the number 1 ute? I wouldn't mind if the Global Hilux came to the US I might just decide to buy a Toyota.

Can we get an aftermarket built Tacoma and even a Colorado on here likewise?

Why the biased news coverage?

You can get the ZR2 with an aftermarket supercharger that can be installed by the dealer and have full warranty, or you can install it yourself. Install 33's with out a lift and have a smooth ride

@ Clint,

Rule of thumb:

Buy a stripped 4x4, lowest grade as you can and build it up yourself. That is how you avoid all of these $$$ trucks!

My $28,000 (thanks to satin wheels or else $26,000-ish) SR 4x4 Tacoma looks better than the TRD off-road version with my larger BFG KO2's that I installed with no mods!

This truck still looks way too much like something for the European/“Global” market to me. Would it have really cost Ford that much to give it a more American front end?

There are a couple of reasons the US is yet to receive the Ranger Raptor...

@BA

1. there's no money in it for Ford
2. and there's no money in it for Ford

It is no accident that Hennessey is only going to make 500 of 'em. They have measured the size of that market and probably have some pretty solid insight about the potential.

It has nothing to do with how fabulous your Australia Utes are. It's all about the dough. It's a micro market for Ford, and for Hennessey. Hennessey knows how to be profitable building 500 units of a truck and Ford does not.

@Jeff S
The Hilux is well and truly pulling away. As far as the Ranger Raptor, what Ranger Raptor? Seems to have disappeared

The Hilux is well and truly pulling away

@Robt Ryan

How many of 'em were sold in the US last year?

No Ranger Raptors or Toyota Hilux ??? we're sold in the US

Toyota Hilux is rapidly pulling away from the Ford Ranger in Australia

They don't offer the Hilux in the US. The Hilux is offered everywhere else except the US and Canada and is more capable and up to date than the Tacoma. I asked about it in Australia because it has been the No. 1 selling ute in Australia for a number of years and wondered if the Global Ranger has had any significant effect on Hilux sales.

@Robert Ryan--How close in sales is the Global Ranger to the Hilux? Isn't the new Global Ranger coming out in 2021?

@Jeff

Why ask Robert. Why not just check with TTAC?

@Jeff S
The Hilux just outsold the entire GM lineup in Australia
The Hilux is leading the Ranger so far by 1300 units a month
TTAC I get the impression seems to be an offshoot of the Disney Corporation. Articles like having to change the tyres of a Ranger to change the Oil and their marvellous prediction of the demise of the VW Corporation make their articles pretty humourous

@Jeff S
New Global Ranger should arrive in 2021. Your current one in the US should be updated by then. No it will not be the new Global Ranger

Just saw a Ranger commercial last evening. Ford is promoting it more so as a life style / off Highway vehicle. Ford is doing this to help deal with the poor fuel mileage complaints that are imminent. It will be easy for dealers to tell customers that poor mileage is normal for this type of vehicle. When is comes to reporting EPA Ford means:

F - falsified
O -our
R - reported
D - data

https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2019/02/21/ford-stock-drops-amid-news-gas-mileage-inquiry/2944609002/

Wretched excess. A fool and his money...….

...doing this to help deal with the poor fuel mileage complaints THAT ARE IMMINENT [emphasis mine].

@gmsrgreat

Not imminent. That's what Ford wants you to think! It's history by now.

They've known it for a long time and they've have been pretending that it's not real, even going so far as to publish FAKE mileage numbers and even conning one of the high profile online publishers to run a story last fall where the editors intentionally kept the horrible mileage they got on a test loop from being seen by the public.

So I repeat it is not imminent. I has already happened! People should be outraged that Ford execs are pretending to care about the truth when in fact they concealed the truth for quite a while.

We can wonder why, but my own opinion is that Ford execs were really horrified about the prospects of their 4th Quarter 2018 stock price falling under $5 per share.

As it is their stock dropped two bucks per share during December alone. It would have been a rout if the Ranger news had hit back around Christmas.

Robert Ryan and Jeff s,
The Hilux in Australia strength lies in fleet sales. The Ranger sell more in 4x4 than the Ranger. If you combine the BT50, the Ranger platform is on par with the Hilux.

Ever since the company that owns TTAC started the sister site The Truth About The NRA, TTAC has decidedly moved with much right wing bias.

The Ranger sell more in 4x4 than the Ranger

@BA

Where do I start?

Get some sleep. You're better than this.

@Big Al--Thanks for the info. I think you meant the Ranger sells more than the Hilux in 4x4 sales. I can see the Hilux selling more in fleet sales.

Al--Thanks for the info. I think you meant the Ranger sells more than the Hilux in 4x4 sales. I can see the Hilux selling more in fleet sales

Posted by: Jeff s | Mar 6, 2019

@Jeff

Does BA from Australia rent space in your head? He's one of the most toxic people on this site for the last six or seven years, and you're always peaches & cream with that dude. Always. Many people stopped coming here---you know who they are---because of his crap. What gives?

Everyone
Fleet or otherwise the Hilux is increasing it sales over tbe Ranger. BT 50 cannot be included as it is s produced by Mazda
Hulux outsold the entire GM lineup in Australia
TTAC has become a pretty odd ball blog with extremely dubious " facts"

Everyone
https://www.caradvice.com.au/732488/toyota-hilux-outsells-entire-holden-range/
Hilux outsells entire GM Range

Robert Ryan,
How many utes are in the top 10?

Well it's becoming evident that Australia is becoming the pickup capital of the world. The US sells more, but per capita we beat them. It's been this way for a couple of years now.

Australia has the highest rate of performance cars per capita as week!

So, we out 'murican'd the American's.

If you look at just the F-150 (excluding the Ford HDs) How many F-150s are sold? Hilux must be near that. Lucky the US has the Chicken Tax or the Hilux would be the biggest selling pickup.

Think how much fun all that would be if you weren't getting FLEECED at the good old BRITISH Petroluem station every time you have to fill the damn thing up. Do you get a discount if you own a sheep ranch?

No wonder you guys all tip-toe around in little mini trucks. That really has to suck!

Maybe if your government wasn't paying to support the sprawling families of all those Dukes and Earls and Princes and Queens, your gas taxes wouldn't be so bloody high.

You guys pay damn near as much in tax for a load of fuel at the pump, as we pay for the whole nut.

Chicken tax my butt!

I'm not sure if it was exactly the same as the Hilux, but Toyota used to sell a one-ton version of their pickup here in the US back in the 80's, maybe thru the early 90's. I don't have any sales statistics, but I am pretty confident that they represented less than 5% of Toyota's total pickup sales in the US. There is a reason that Ford and GM don't produce their one-ton mid-size pickups in the US, that is because there is NO market for them here. If there was a market for them in the US, they could have saved a lot of money on redesigning their world pickups for the US market by just selling the world version here (and producing them here to avoid the chicken tax).

GM says that 90% of HD truck buyers use it for towing (among other uses). US half ton full-size pickups can typically tow around 10,000 pounds, with some rated as high as 13,000 pounds. From what I see, the Hilux can tow around 7,500 pounds, similar to the US Chevy Colorado diesel maximum towing of around 7,700 pounds.

If I were buying a truck for towing (90% of HD truck buyers are), why would I buy a Hilux, when I could buy a full-size half ton with better towing ratings, or even a Chevy Colorado, again with better towing ratings? Toyota already produces trucks here, if there were a market for the Hilux, why don't they just produce and sell them here and avoid the chicken tax...HINT, there is NO market for them here...

Texas,
I don't dispute what US pickups can tow. I frequent the US every year, maybe up to several times. And most pickups I see are shinny, empty and towing sweet FA......that doesn't include all the empty daily divers sitting in parking lots at work.

Like Australia pickups are large cars and nothing else. So it wouldn't matter if you can tow 7800 or 100 000lbs.

I'm talking vehicle sales, numbers.

In Australia you buy a real truck to move large loads. Utes (pickups) are light. Most utes here tow 26' caravans driven by pensioners called grey nomads.



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