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The Hennessey VelociRaptor is the SUV I Wish Ford Made

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author photo by Doug DeMuro August 2017

As many of you know, I love the Ford F-150 Raptor. I'm not alone. Everyone loves the Ford F-150 Raptor. There are long waiting lists at dealers for the new model, and used ones sell for big money, even when they're many years old (with many miles traveled). It's been a massive moneymaker, and it's easy to see why: It's cool, it's exciting, and gas is cheap.

But I really want an SUV version.

There are two major reasons why this is. One is the fact that I'm just not a pickup guy. I don't judge pickup people, I don't think they're annoying or "overcompensating," as some annoying people suggest, or too aggressive or whatever. I think they're just fine. I'm just not one of them. It isn't my thing. I draw the line somewhere in the SUV realm.

The other reason I want an SUV Raptor is, of course, the added practicality. Pickups are very capable for a lot of tasks, but you can't really lock stuff inside them without covering the bed -- at which point you're basically driving around in a slightly less practical SUV anyway. Why not just enclose it?

Well, that's exactly what Hennessey did. The famous tuner in Texas, known for ultra-powerful Vipers and other domestic cars, created an SUV version of the Ford F-150 Raptor called the "VelociRaptor SUV." Interestingly, it's a seemingly simple creation: Instead of a pickup bed, it has an SUV rear, including a third-row seat -- and for the tailgate, it has lifting glass plus swinging double doors, like many Ford Excursions did. In fact, the parts look like they came straight from the Excursion.

Of course, Hennessey being Hennessey, there was also some tuning involved -- including horsepower boosts that took things to 600 or even 650 horses, plus additional torque and various other upgrades. On Hennessey's website, the cost of this vehicle is listed at $160,000, which is eye-popping -- but then, since Ford won't make it, there's really no other way to get it done. Maybe Ford will finally Raptor-ify an SUV when the Bronco comes out in a year or two. For now, this is just about the coolest SUV on the road.

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