Seems more reasonable than a supercharged V8.
Ford fans begged for a new Bronco for years, actually a decade, until the Blue Oval acquiesced and built a new hardcore off-roader. It even threw in the smaller Bronco Sport crossover for good measure. Fans wanted a manual with the Sasquatch Package and Ford gave them that. Now everyone is asking, "when's the high-performance Bronco Warthog coming out!?" It's a thankless job.
Hennessey Performance Engineering in Texas was done waiting. In fact, it had plans to upgrade the Bronco before Ford even started taking orders for the new 4x4, announcing a 750-hp supercharged Coyote-V8 equipped Bronco late last year. And as of today, you can order the Hennessey VelociRaptor 400 Bronco.
This tuned Bronco retains the company's top-spec 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, but upgrades it up to make 405 hp and 503 lb-ft of torque. That's good for a 0-60 mph sprint time of 4.9 seconds, which is faster than Ford claims (5.9 seconds) and way faster than what we've seen in video (8.1 seconds) on the message boards.
Ford's engine gets massaged by Hennessey engineers who add new intake and exhaust systems, a special calibration for the ECU, and Hennessey's off-road package that includes 35-inch off-road tires on 18-inch Hennessey wheels, front and rear VelociRaptor bumpers, retractable side steps and VelociRaptor branding. You also get an interior plaque denoting the special edition, as well as embroidered headrests.
Hennessey notes that the VelociRaptor 400 Bronco (based on the Wildtrak trim) retains all of its drive and off-road modes, which means you'll still be able to switch between rocks, snow, sand and tarmac as the situation demands. It also comes with the company's three-year/36,000-mile warranty. The cost for all of this capability is $80,000 even. And that includes the price of the Bronco Wildtrak, which is about $47,000.
HPE will only build 200 examples of the VelociRaptor 400 Bronco for 2021. Orders can be placed at Hennessey directly or at authorized Ford dealers.