There has been an interesting trend starting to take hold in the offroad special vehicle's market, the addition of an extra axle to create a 6WD. It’s not exactly an easy thing to do and requires modification of just about every system in a 4WD vehicle. Body, frame, chassis, drivetrain and even the engine must all be manipulated in some way to take a 4WD and make it 6WD.
Both Mercedes AMG and Kahn Designs have already created highhorsepower versions of already iconic European 4WDs, but there are few examples of any domestic 6x6 options on the market.
Enter Hennessey Performance who are well known for taking North America’s most infamous off-roader, the Raptor, and shoving horrific amounts of power under the hood with a supercharger and tweaking both the chassis and aesthetics to create the VelociRaptor. Well, it seems as though for some, the VelociRaptor just isn’t enough truck, so Hennessey has recently come up with this jaw-dropping package of over-the-top off-road insanity, the VelociRaptor 6X6.
Like the regular VelociRaptor, this 6WD version will be based on the 2017 Ford Raptor, which the team from Hennessey will transform into a 6-wheel drive off-road vehicle with 600+ horsepower, thanks to more efficient turbo upgrades.
It starts at $295,000 USD, which includes the base 2017 Raptor 4-door truck, 6X6 locking rear axles, upgraded Fox suspension, upgraded 20-in wheels and off-road tires, special front and rear bumpers, roll bar and LED lights. HPE will also be offering its VelociRaptor 600 twin turbo upgrade for the 6X6, for owners seeking even more power and performance. The 600+ hp upgrade includes upgraded twin turbochargers, stainless steel exhaust modifications, upgraded front mounted air to air intercooler and plumbing and re-tuned factory computer. Other optional upgrades include: Brembo front and rear brake enhancements, larger wheels and tires, improved LED lighting, bespoke interiors, augmented electronics, and armouring systems.
“Over the past five years we have built over 800 VelociRaptor modified Raptor trucks for enthusiasts around the world”, said John Hennessey, Founder and CEO of Hennessey Performance. “We are now very excited to be able to offer the VelociRaptor 6X6 as well as our VelociRaptor 600 twin turbo engine upgrade to those who want even more power, performance and offroad capability.”
The VelociRaptor 600 twin turbo upgrade with 600+ horsepower will be available to new Raptor owners at the cost of $22,500.
“Our VelociRaptor 6X6 is pure aggression on wheels – all six of them”, said Hennessey. “The new 2017 Raptor is going to be one of the best all-around trucks ever built. We are excited to help take it to the next level both in terms of performance and exclusivity”.
The Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 can be ordered directly from Hennessey Performance or through select Hennessey / Ford dealers.