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by Jay Traugott
Not a truck guy? That's OK, but these five ultimate Ford F150 Raptors will likely leave you wishing you owned one.
You don't need to be a truck guy to have a thing for Ford's F150 Raptor. Big, powerful and just simply outrageous and borderline obnoxious, this is not your average full-size pickup. No, the Raptor is designed for the California Baja peninsula's most severe off-road terrain. Inspired by vehicles that take part in the Baja 1000, the F150 Raptor is also a proper daily driver and could very well be your go-to vehicle when the zombie apocalypse arrives, which could happen later this month. For now check out these tuned and even more powerful Raptors.
Roush Performance has never been afraid of tackling a challenging project and finding ways to improve the stock F150 Raptor can be hard enough. Fortunately it succeeded with its tuning program, which features a new set of polished wheels and tires along with the all but required performance upgrades. These include a new supercharger kit that improves power output to 590 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. The kit also includes a new 75 mm pulley and customized Roush calibration. All told, the performance kit is priced at just $599 and even comes with a three-year or 36k mile warranty.
Not willing to be overtaken by other aftermarket tuners, Geiger Car's take on the F150 Raptor is nothing short of spectacular. The tuner has gone ahead and upped the stock truck's 6.2-liter V8's 411 horsepower output to 600 ponies, thanks to a supercharger. Other new add-ons include a new exhaust system with remote vales, a Sony sound system and 17-inch alloys with BF Goodrich off-road tires. The kicker? It's base price starts off at 74,000 Euros.
As much as we love extra horsepower, everyday utility is also very important. That's why Phoenix Camper's pop-up camper unit for the Raptor provides the ideal solution for any camping trip. Want to go for a rough off-road endurance weekend, this is your answer. Complete with a refrigerator, three-burner stove and a double sink with a water tank, you'll have everything you need to relax at the end of a day of intense driving.
There was no way we could mention tuned F150 Raptors without involving Hennessey. The Texas-based tuner is well-known for its addiction to more horsepower, so when it came to the Raptor, our expectations were high. Thankfully Hennessey delivered with its VelociRaptor Armored Performance Vehicle. This thing features a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 capable of 575 horsepower. If you're still not satisfied with the overall package, Hennessey offers a full line of electronic upgrades such as satellite TV, internet and a high-tech entertainment system.
This one-off Raptor was built specifically for the 2011 SEMA Show with several well-known tuning firms taking part in the project. Called the Luxury Performance Ford Raptor, it was built in collaboration with JPM Coachworks, Addictive Desert Design, High Desert Mobile and Hennessey Performance. With their combined talents, this dirty bird produces 605 horsepower thanks to a new supercharger and features a number of interior enhancements. These include Alcantara trim and improved leather seats and a new sound system. The exterior has new front and rear bumpers, LED lighting and upgraded wheels.