• Sep 9, 2010
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Hennessey has just pulled back the sheets on what can only be described as a raging pile of awesome – the VelociRaptor APV. It can seat up to eight, packs a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 good for a galloping 575 horsepower and if its anything like its pickup cousin, can leap small villages in a single bound. Apparently it can also withstand small-arms fire. The company hasn't announced how much one of these things will set you back, but we're guessing it's more than a handful of shiny pennies.

Something tells us that this truck is going to be mighty popular with border patrol agents.

Hennessey will also turn out an eight-passenger, non-armored version if you don't find yourself under a hail of gunfire on your typical commute. We're guessing that without all the weight of armor plating and bullet-resistant glass, the non-tactical version is quite a bit more entertaining to fling through the desert. Hit the jump for the full press release.



[Source: Hennessey]
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SEALY, TEXAS - Having a vehicle that can safely and quickly get you out of harm's way is just as important as having armored protection. Introducing Hennessey Armored Performance Vehicles (APV) ™. Hennessey APV ™will apply the company's go-fast know-how to help improve the acceleration, braking and handling performance on late-model armored vehicles.

"Adding armor protection to SUV's such as Chevy Suburbans and Cadillac Escalades can easily increase vehicle weights from 6,000 lbs to over 10,000 lbs", said company founder and president, John Hennessey. "We are excited to be able to apply our 20 years of high-performance experience to the armor vehicle industry."

The company's 2012 Hennessey VelociRaptor APV, based on the new Ford Raptor Super Crew, will offer the ultimate combination of armor protection, vehicle performance, passenger comfort and safety. Powered by a supercharged 6.2L V8, the VelociRaptor APV will have the performance capability to drive away from, through or over obstacles both on the road as well as off-road.

"The VelociRaptor APV will showcase the highest level of protection, comfort and performance all in one vehicle," John states.

Hennessey Performance will also be offering a non-armored version of the VelociRaptor APV which will offer off-road enthusiasts the same level of utility and off-road capability that the Ford Raptor has become known for. Hennessey will offer the VelociRaptor SUV with the same supercharged 6.2L V8 producing 575 bhp. There will be seating options for six, seven or eight seats. A full line of electronic upgrades will also be available, including: Satellite TV, high-speed internet, entertainment systems and mobile office systems.

Hennessey APV™ offers a complete line of high-performance upgrade systems for the following the following armored vehicles, both for new vehicles as well as ones that are already in service:

• Cadillac Escalade - 500 to 1000 hp
• Chevrolet Suburban - 500 to 1000 hp
• Chevrolet Truck - 500 to 1000 hp
• Ford Raptor Truck - 450 to 800 hp
• GMC Denali - 500 to 1000 hp
• Jeep - Up to 800 hp
• Land Rover - Up to 550 hp
• Lexus LX570 - Up to 500 hp
• Nissan Patrol - Up to 1000 hp
• Range Rover - Up to 550 hp
• Toyota Sequoia - Up to 650 hp
• Toyota Land Cruiser - Up to 650 hp


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice! I am still wishing for a full size 2 door Bronco (lil half doors would even be ok) and a smaller bronco II replacement.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the concept,...

      but the execution looks a bit off proportionally. Of course the photochopping isn't that great so the real thing might look better.

      I think a two door version might look a bit better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I seriously doubt border patrol agents are getting anything from Hennessey. This is more for ex hummer drivers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think that border patrol gents really care what it looks like, nor would they want a 2 door version. I don't think that any Sarah Conner soccer moms needing 8 seat belts would want 2 doors, either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He probably added the bulletproof part for himself.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All we need now is the zombie apocalypse!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. Just when I thought that the Raptor could not get any cooler.

      I seriously want one. I love the "I'm prepared for the end of the world" look.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've been saying all along that Ford should do a Raptor version of the Expedition......I guess someone else had the same idea.

      With that said, I do like the Bronco idea mentioned above. Give it doors like the extended cab Raptor has and it would look like a two-door Bronco, but still have some of the utility of four doors.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would have preferred to see this done with an Expedition as well, but this route must have been easier than grafting on Raptor front end parts and then making the rear suspension do what it is supposed to.
        In general, I'm surprised I haven't seen anyone do this with a Sequoia. The front suspension will give you 16"+ with long arms installed, and the rear can be modified for 12" without longer arms. Throw on a TRD blower, and you're in business.
        • 4 Years Ago
        or maybe Hennessey's just moved onto stealing ideas, now, rather than hardware.

        I kid, I kid

        Honestly, I'm glad to see no one (YET) has gone on the customary Hennessey rant.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you chop two doors it could be the next Bronco. I think Ford should bring back the Bronco based on the Raptor and with the removable hard top!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree!

        Ford should take a good hard look at this and take a hint-- make a next gen Bronco based off the Raptor.

        Do it Ford!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Now that's a great idea!

        a bit too large for a bronco for my tastes, but definitely a great idea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it, though it kinda looks like a Suburban.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ever seen an Expedition XL??
      • 4 Years Ago
      Needless Markup off roader.
      When we go in the mud it rnever takes 500 hp.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know man, whenever I used to watch mud racing on TV(long time ago), they had nitro-fueled cars that basically looked like dragsters with paddle tires.

        Depends on what kind of mudding you are doing I guess.

        Either way, this is Henessey, they aren't going to build anything without also bumping up the HP too, it's what they do.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It never takes 130 horses to get to 55 on rt. 1 in the morning...but dude, ill take 600 if i can get it
        • 4 Years Ago
        I want one! But I guess I'll wait untill they make one that can bounce RPGs off the windshield...
      • 4 Years Ago
      My nephew re-builds Broncos for dunes and came across this in a car board this morning.

      http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/899/hennesseybroncoraptorgt.jpg

      I've had three Broncos myself ('77, '82' and a '91 as well as Bronco II) and I love them. If Ford built this thing, it would most certainly become number four.

      I'm almost 50 and will be in need of a vehicle for my impending mid-life crisis!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So.

      Much.

      Win.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Intersting. I figured the 2-piece body of the pickup was essential to allow for flexing during all those jumps etc. Wonder how a completely inflexible 1-piece body will do it?
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