No replacement for displacement, you say? And say no more because Hennessey ...
No replacement for displacement, you say? And say no more because Hennessey Performance Engineering has shown what forced induction can do with the simple, straight-line drag race.
On one side sits a 2014 Ford F-150 VelociRaptor from HPE, which features the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine. On the other side is the brand new, 2017 Ford F-150 VelociRaptor and with its 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. Both engines come from the Ford directly, but Hennessey has modified and tuned each to produce 600 hp.
So, what are the official results? Well, the 2017 F-150 VelociRaptor pulls away with gusto and a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 never makes the comeback.
The 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 outguns the older 6.2-liter V-8 from the all directions—even from a factory, it makes more hp and substantially more torque (450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet) than a previous F-150 Raptor’s V-8 engine (411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft). Though, like Ken Block, we do miss V-8 engine’s soundtrack.
In either case, HPE has created the couple of monsters. The latest HPE VelociRaptor produces a previously mentioned 600 horsepower, but also churns out 611 pound-feet of torque.
In the quarter-mile race, the HPE VelociRaptor will also pull eight truck lengths on the factory F-150 Raptor. So, yes, it is very, very fast.
If buyers can let go of their V-8 engines, well, the 2017 HPE VelociRaptor is certainly the better truck from the performance standpoint. But, power isn’t everything. There is no denying the older F-150 Raptor has the lot of burly character.
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