Start with a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor as your base vehicle for modification, and chances are high that you'll end up with something pretty cool. Now, have those modifications done by professional lunatics Hennessey Performance, make the project turning the pickup into an ultra-long SUV, and the result stands a real chance of being a total kick in the ass. Let us present the Hennessey VelociRaptor then, in all of its awesomeness.

Hennessey has taken care in grafting a "Excursion type" rear cabin onto the Raptor, complete with an optional third row. The pictures we have show a cabin that's up to the fit and finish standards of the original Ford truck, too. The cab added over the bed also makes room for a massive load space out back, accessible via split out-folding doors and long enough for a person to lay down in (see video).

Mechanically, the truck-turned-SUV sticks with Ford's stock 6.2-liter V8, rated at 411 horsepower, or can be had with a supercharger and some 600 hp. Hennessey says the stock-motor VelociRaptor will run from 0-60 miles per hour in 7.5 seconds, while the hi-po version takes just 5.9 seconds. The SUV does take some of the off-road ability away from the Raptor, with the company saying it hasn't yet had the opportunity to test its capabilities. On-roading and "moderate off-road duties" are the current prescription.

Hennessey will build just 30 copies of the VelociRaptor per year, offered at a starting price of $149,500. If that seems like an exorbitant markup over the Raptor's $43,920, well, you're welcome to go out and build your own. Scroll down for a video walk around of the VelociRaptor, and one showing the supercharged version on a dyno.

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Introducing the Hennessey® VelociRaptor® SUV

SEALY, Texas – Hennessey Performance (HPE) has announced that it is offering its VelociRaptor SUV conversion. Based on the Ford F-150 Raptor, the team from HPE transforms SVT's super crew cab pick-up truck into a full-sized sport-utility vehicle (SUV) with seating for up to 8 people.

"Over the past three years we have built nearly 400 upgraded Raptor trucks for enthusiasts around the world", said Don Goldman, CEO of Hennessey Performance. "We are now very excited to be able to offer the VelociRaptor SUV to those who like the Raptor but want more seats and space."

All of the factory Ford Raptor truck components and systems are kept in tact. At this time, Hennessey Performance has not yet had an opportunity to test the off-road capabilities of the VelociRaptor SUV. Thus, the company suggests that buyers should intend using this vehicle for on-road as well as light to moderate off-road duties. "Don't plan on pre-running Baja or negotiating Rubicon with our SUV – that is not why we built it", said company founder, John Hennessey. But, if you're looking for the ultimate vehicle to drive from Aspen to Telluride in January, the VelociRaptor SUV would be perfect."

The VelociRaptor SUV base price is $149,500 and production is going to be limited to just 30 units per year. The same 6.2L 411 bhp Ford V8 powers the entry level SUV while Hennessey also offers their VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged upgrade at an additional cost. Other optional upgrades include: Brembo front brake upgrade, larger wheels and tires, LED lighting upgrades, bespoke interior and electronic upgrades. Security and armoring systems are also available.

While vehicle weight is increased by approximately 600 lbs, the standard 411 bhp SUV is able to achieve 0-60 mph times of 7.5 seconds. Bumping power to 600 bhp with the VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged upgrade will drop the 0-60 mph time to 5.9 seconds. AMG G-Wagon and Range Rover owners beware.

The Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV can be ordered directly from Hennessey Performance or through select Hennessey / Ford dealers.


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      Luke
      • 1 Year Ago
      By 'Expedition-style' you must mean 'Excursion-style.' That three-door rear is all Excursion.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luke
        Thank you! I scrolled down to say almost EXACTLY that.
        Otis
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luke
        Maybe they stole the rear door setup from another customer's truck to put it on this one?
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Otis
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      NewTexian Brewery
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the idea... but I think it doesn't match the fit and finish of their other offerings.
      car czar
      • 1 Year Ago
      143,000 to build a cabin on the back of a truck and dress up the interior. Now I'm not taking away anything from their work it is a seem less conversion almost stock. But what justify the 100 grand markup are they saying that their time is worth a 95 grand, cause the way it looks there is about 5 grand in parts assuming they started with original stamped metal shell and not fiberglass.
      SMG
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is an "absorbent" markup?
      KyleR
      • 1 Year Ago
      $150,000, and the paint on the doors doesn't even match the body. Gotta love Hennessey.
        Christian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KyleR
        seriously. Did anybody from Hennessy look at the pictures before they sent them out to the press?
      wrxfrk16
      • 1 Year Ago
      A hundred and fifty grand? That's essentially enough to put a new Raptor AND a new Ranger Rover Supercharged in the driveway. Neat toy, but a buck and a half to put a roof on the back of a forty five thousand dollar pickup?
      budwsr25
      • 1 Year Ago
      Didnt a guy in Oklahoma build one of these already? Yup http://www.customautosbytim.com/index.html
      dtugg
      • 1 Year Ago
      $150k is an absolutely ridiculous price.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Time for a new Bronco.
      F'nBrower
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmm, we ARE in the market for an 8 seater. Guess we won't need that Traverse, right honey?
      Egon
      • 1 Year Ago
      That seems like a whole lot of effort to produce an end result that just doesn't look very well executed. As others have suggested, if I had $150K to throw at a one-off offroad Raptor-like thing, I'd start with a donor Expedition.
      Greg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why didn't they take a Ford Expedition and modify it? Better yet, why doesn't Ford produce an Expedition SVT Raptor???
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