Billed as the ultimate all-powerful off-road SUV, Hennessey has whipped the wraps off the VelociRaptor 500 Bronco, a Ford Bronco Raptor-based model “engineered to be more potent and capable” than the Blue Oval brand’s factory Bronco Raptor. Only 200 units will be made. 

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According to John Hennessey, founder and CEO of the Texas-based company, the firm’s customers are “big fans” of the latest Bronco. However, since the new Bronco’s reveal, the performance-vehicle manufacturer says that their customers have been asking them for more power and greater performance capabilities. 

“Our team has released [the engine’s] potency to create the ultimate off-road SUV”

“Ford’s Raptor version is a big improvement, but the engine has even more potential,” said Hennessey. “Our engineering team has released its potency to create the ultimate all-powerful off-road SUV.”

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The company says the “high-output” Hennessey model increases capability and adrenaline in every scenario, adding “serious” speed on the road and “ratcheting up” off-road ability.

For the VelociRaptor Bronco 500, the firm has fettled with the standard model’s 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine, lifting the power and torque outputs to 373 kW and 746 Nm. This has been achieved through updated engine management software. (As a reminder, the standard Bronco Raptor‘s EcoBoost engine, which is coupled with a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, produces 298 kW.)

In addition, the VelociRaptor 500 Bronco features a larger front-mounted intercooler system, a high-flow air induction system and an “upgraded” stainless steel exhaust system. A set of 18-inch Hennessey wheels wrapped in 37-inch tyres are also present. 

So, how much does the Hennessey package cost? Well, in addition to the base price of the donor vehicle, the kit will set you back $32 950, which, at the current Rand-Dollar exchange rate, amounts to R581 186.93. 

The firm says, “Following an intensive period of R&D, every Hennessey VelociRaptor 500 Bronco is road-tested at the company’s private test track.”