Hennessey’s VelociRaptor 400 2021 Ford Bronco Is a 405-HP Beast
It’s not that the Ford Bronco’s available 330-hp twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 is weak, it’s just that it lacks the gumption to properly take on the likes of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392’s 470-hp 6.4-liter V-8 or the Land Rover Defender V8’s 518-hp supercharged 5.0-liter eight-pot. Although the Blue Oval remains mum about any official plans to release a proper eight-cylinder competitor to those two rivals, its off-road-oriented SUV is set to benefit from a more powerful V-6 heart by way of aftermarket tuning company Hennessey.
With a total of 405 hp (and 503 lb-ft of torque—88 lb-ft more than stock), the Hennessey VelociRaptor 400 Ford Bronco’s powerplant still falls a good deal short of the factory-equipped eight-cylinder Wrangler and Defender. Even so, this tuned Bronco puts up a far better fight against these two behemoths from Jeep and Land Rover, with Hennessey claiming its take on Ford’s SUV is capable of trotting to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. This figure matches Land Rover’s claimed 0-60 mph time for the Defender 90 V8, though it falls 0.7 second behind the time it took a Wrangler Rubicon 392 to hit the mile-a-minute mark in our testing.
Credit upgraded engine management software, a new exhaust system, and a higher flow intake setup for the VelociRaptor 400’s additional grunt over its run-of-the-mill kin. Accompanying the Bronco Badlands-based VelociRaptor 400’s powertrain enhancements are a handful of cosmetic updates. This includes 18-inch Hennessey wheels wrapped in knobby 35-inch tires, power-folding steps to ease ingress and egress to and from the cabin, reworked front and rear bumpers (the former of which includes LED lighting), special exterior badging, embroidered headrest, and serial number plaques in the engine bay and interior.
If you want a VelociRaptor 400, then you better act quick, as Hennessey intends to produce just 200 of these SUVs for the 2021 model year. That said, we wager the company will build more of these machines come 2022.
While Hennessey’s a bit coy on pricing for its limited-edition 2021 VelociRaptor 400, it does note that the “typical” buyer will pay $80,000 for one of these tuned Ford SUVs. That sum includes the price of the Bronco Badlands donor car, too, a trim that starts at $43,590 in two-door form and $46,085 in four-door guise. Sure, $80,000 isn’t exactly cheap, but considering the Wrangler Rubicon 392 and Defender 90 V8 start at $74,995 and $98,550, it’s certainly not insane relative to the competition. Then again, the Jeep and Land Rover are both factory-built offerings with more power.
Still, if you’re determined to have a Bronco with more than 400-hp, then the VelociRaptor 400 may be your best route. It might not be an official Ford product, but at least Hennessey backs its work up with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty.
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