We all agree the stock Ford Raptor is one badass pickup. How do you make it even more absurd? Turn the folks at Hennessey loose on it. Out comes the Hennessey Velociraptor – a 6X6 monster that can tackle anything. And the company has the best response ever to why build the VelociRaptor? ‘Because we can.’ That’s pure America right there.

What about price? It starts at $349,000, and I’m pretty sure the tax break I get from whatever the hell the GOP just passed won’t cover it. Still, have you seen the Powerball jackpot recently?

Hennessey Velociraptor view

At the starting price, you’re getting the base 2017-18 Ford Raptor four-door truck, 6X6 locking rear axles, 20-inch wheels and upgraded off-road tires, roll bar, LED lights and a Fox suspension.

Wait, Hennessey is all about power. That’s covered with a 600+ HP upgrade thanks to upgraded twin turbochargers; upgraded front mounted air to air intercooler, stainless steel exhaust upgrades, and a re-tuned factory computer. May not be the fastest car in the world, but it’ll get you in trouble.

Hennessey Velociraptor side view

Hennessey Velociraptor track

If you have the extra cash, there are plenty of optional upgrades available. Everything from larger wheels and tires to bespoke interiors. Oh, and armoring systems will be available. Nothing says pick-up truck like the ability to roll through an insurgent ambush and drive off jamming to old-school Garth Brooks.

Head over to Hennessey to check out plenty of videos and more information if this is your New Year’s resolution.

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