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Sink your claws into this Hennessey VelociRaptor Ranger

By Tristan Tancredi, 22 Nov 2019 News

Hennessey VelociRaptor Ford Ranger Australia news

Hennessey VelociRaptor gets plenty of bite, but limited to just 25 units.

Sink your claws into this! A Hennessey VelociRaptor Ford Ranger is now available exclusively to the Australian and New Zealand markets, but a limited run of just 25 units are being built.

Built at KPM Motorsport in Adelaide, the VelociRaptor Ranger is based on the 2019-2020 Ford Ranger XLS dual-cab models that utilise the 3.2-litre turbo-diesel engine and six-speed auto/manual transmissions (capable of 147kW and 470Nm in standard trim).

Expert tuning house Hennessey Performance then upgrades the engine management software and throws in a performance exhaust system and high-flow intercooler, bumping output up to 181kW (at 3300rpm) and 590Nm (at 2200rpm) in the process.

Ensuring it has the infrastructure to match the power hike, a Stage 1 ICON coil-over suspension upgrade is utilised, providing the vehicle with four inches of lift. This is balanced by 18-inch alloys wrapped in BFGoodrich KM2 285/70R18 rubber.

The rig also has the show to match the go courtesy of front and rear bumper upgrades, a Ranger Raptor grille insert, colour-coded fender flares, and Hennessey and VelociRaptor exterior badges.

Earlier this year, tuning expert Hennessey released its VelociRaptor Ranger to the US market, which differs from the Aussie offering as it uses a different trim level and the US-spec 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine amped up to produce 260kW and 521Nm.

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The complete turn-key cost of the Aussie VelociRaptor Ranger is estimated to be from $90,000-$100,000, and it comes with a three-year/60,000km limited warranty.

Stay tuned for official pricing.