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XLT 4x4 Regular Cab Styleside 8 ft. box 141 in. WB
2018 Ford F-150

Between the rampant exotics and the lurking classics, it takes some seriously special sheetmetal to stand out in car-clogged Malibu. But this triumphantly conspicuous ride is John Hennessey's stab at the already imposing Ford F-150 Raptor, a wicked transmogrification of the offroad-effective 4x4 into an over-the-top six-wheeled, three-axle'd behemoth. And here I am, trying to keep this hulking steed centered in its lane on the gently winding Kanan Dume Road, when a carload of teenagers fills my rearview, dangling dangerously out of their tiny Mazda3 to gawk at my outlandish, $350,000 rig. Look at this thing. Can you blame them? The Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 starts life as a fully loaded off-the-shelf Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew and undergoes extensive surgery that includes sawing and extending the frame rail around four feet, shifting the rear axle aft of a newly installed second axle, and replicating the remote reservoir Fox racing shocks across all four rear wheels which pivot off the frame and are linked by a leafspring setup. The rear differential can still be locked via a dashboard button, but now passes through an extra gearset that's been sourced from a third party supplier Hennessey prefers not to mention by name. Huskier tires add 1.5 inches of height, and along with the lifted suspension the overall altitude gain measures 8 inches. The VelociRaptor's expanded proportions add about 1,000 pounds to the donor car's 5,697-lb curb weight. The newfound portliness is countered by engine enhancements that boost the 3.5-liter V6's output to 600 horsepower and 622 lb-ft of torque, more than 600 lb-ft of which is available between 3,600 and 5,200 rpm. Tweaks to mill include revised intake, exhaust, intercooler, and blowoff valve components, adding 150 horsepower. For those keeping score at home, internal testing at Hennessey's Texas facility recorded a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.8 seconds – not bad for a nearly 7,000-pound machine. For what it's worth, Hennessey says the engine's internals weren't altered and that it was possible to coax more power out of the 3.5-liter engine, though the current mods are comfortable enough to warrant the 3-year, 36-month warranty. Also untouched is the 10-speed automatic transmission, which has handled up to 700 horsepower in previously modified Raptors. Hennessey says he's confident the stock transmission can handle the loads. The VelociRaptor feels big – undeniably, in-your-face, no-way-to-ignore-it ginormous. Hennessey didn't want to lift the suspension any further because it wouldn't have been easy to climb into, and his point is well taken: climbing aboard requires a bit of a step up for my 32-inch inseam, but not so much that it's awkward. Apart from the elevated stance and a limited edition plaque on the dashboard, the 6X6 looks like any other Raptor from the inside. But when you pull that gearshift lever into Drive it's crucial to keep in mind that this truck's diminished turning radius and elongated rump makes low-speed maneuvering a bit more tricky. Thankfully, Ford's 360-degree camera works as it should, as does its reverse …
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Between the rampant exotics and the lurking classics, it takes some seriously special sheetmetal to stand out in car-clogged Malibu. But this triumphantly conspicuous ride is John Hennessey's stab at the already imposing Ford F-150 Raptor, a wicked transmogrification of the offroad-effective 4x4 into an over-the-top six-wheeled, three-axle'd behemoth. And here I am, trying to keep this hulking steed centered in its lane on the gently winding Kanan Dume Road, when a carload of teenagers fills my rearview, dangling dangerously out of their tiny Mazda3 to gawk at my outlandish, $350,000 rig. Look at this thing. Can you blame them? The Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 starts life as a fully loaded off-the-shelf Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew and undergoes extensive surgery that includes sawing and extending the frame rail around four feet, shifting the rear axle aft of a newly installed second axle, and replicating the remote reservoir Fox racing shocks across all four rear wheels which pivot off the frame and are linked by a leafspring setup. The rear differential can still be locked via a dashboard button, but now passes through an extra gearset that's been sourced from a third party supplier Hennessey prefers not to mention by name. Huskier tires add 1.5 inches of height, and along with the lifted suspension the overall altitude gain measures 8 inches. The VelociRaptor's expanded proportions add about 1,000 pounds to the donor car's 5,697-lb curb weight. The newfound portliness is countered by engine enhancements that boost the 3.5-liter V6's output to 600 horsepower and 622 lb-ft of torque, more than 600 lb-ft of which is available between 3,600 and 5,200 rpm. Tweaks to mill include revised intake, exhaust, intercooler, and blowoff valve components, adding 150 horsepower. For those keeping score at home, internal testing at Hennessey's Texas facility recorded a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.8 seconds – not bad for a nearly 7,000-pound machine. For what it's worth, Hennessey says the engine's internals weren't altered and that it was possible to coax more power out of the 3.5-liter engine, though the current mods are comfortable enough to warrant the 3-year, 36-month warranty. Also untouched is the 10-speed automatic transmission, which has handled up to 700 horsepower in previously modified Raptors. Hennessey says he's confident the stock transmission can handle the loads. The VelociRaptor feels big – undeniably, in-your-face, no-way-to-ignore-it ginormous. Hennessey didn't want to lift the suspension any further because it wouldn't have been easy to climb into, and his point is well taken: climbing aboard requires a bit of a step up for my 32-inch inseam, but not so much that it's awkward. Apart from the elevated stance and a limited edition plaque on the dashboard, the 6X6 looks like any other Raptor from the inside. But when you pull that gearshift lever into Drive it's crucial to keep in mind that this truck's diminished turning radius and elongated rump makes low-speed maneuvering a bit more tricky. Thankfully, Ford's 360-degree camera works as it should, as does its reverse …
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Retail Price

$37,025
MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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$6,925
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Engine 3.3LV-6
MPG 18 City / 23 Hwy
Seating 3 Passengers
Transmission 6-spd w/OD
Power 290 @ 6500 rpm
Drivetrain four-wheel
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