Hennessey’s VelociRaptor 400 Drags the Bronco Into V-8 Wrangler Territory

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Hennessey’s VelociRaptor 400 Drags the Bronco Into V-8 Wrangler Territory

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. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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