Hennessey Performance Engineering, a Texas-based tuner, has announced a special version of the Ford Bronco.
The VelociRaptor 400 Bronco is Hennessey’s answer to the recently revived iconic SUV. By revising the stock 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost engine’s ECU program and upgrading the whole exhaust system, the car boasts a maximum output of 410 hp with its highest torque achieving 503 lb-ft. Comparing to stock, the tuner has increased 75 hp in output and 88 lb-ft in torque. Thanks to this outstanding tuning, the car can do 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds.
Hennessey does not just offer top-grade performance, but also some tweaks to the exterior too. By selecting the Off-road Package, your Bronco will have a Hennessey exclusive 18-inch wheel fitted with a 35-inch off-road tire, further personalizing your very own off-roader. The upgrade kit also offers front and rear bumpers and retractable side steps.
Hennessey offers the VelociRaptor 400 Bronco upgrade for just $24,950 and will be limited to 200 units for 2021.
Since the launch of the first model in 1965, the Ford Bronco has led the compact off-roader segment along with its rivals like the Jeep Cherokee and Chevrolet Blazer.
The fifth-generation model was introduced in 1992. And on June 12, 1996, Ford discontinued the production of the best-selling model. The car sold more than 1.1 million units in its 31 years of history.
But in July 2020, the Bronco has finally revived after 25 years of discontinuation. And starting on June 15, 2021, Ford started its production at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI.
In addition to the traditional 2-door model, a 4-door model has been added for the first time in its entire history. A 2-door model comes with a three-section roof system, which allows passengers to detach the roof on both the front and rear. A modular hardtop that adds a detachable canopy to the rear sear section and cargo space is also available as an option. These roof panels can be easily detached by a latch, making it easy to go open-air even when there’s no one to help you.
The 4-door model comes with a soft top as standard while also selectable between a hard top. In addition, both models have unique frameless doors that can be easily removed.
The Bronco’s standard four-wheel drive comes with an electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case. Another option is the upgraded four-wheel drive system with an electromechanical transfer system available. By having this, your Bronco comes with an automatic mode both on 2-high and 4-high drive modes.
Two types of engines are selectable, a 2.7-liter V6 and a 2.3-liter inline-4. The V6 engine boasts 310 hp for output and 400 lb-ft for torque, while the four-cylinder produces 270 ps and 310 lb-ft. Transmissions are also available from two options, a 7-speed manual and a 10-speed automatic. All models come only with four-wheel drive. Prices start from $29,995.