Hennessey has announced it plans to drop a supercharged V8 engine into the new Ford Bronco.

The news comes after the Blue Oval brand confirmed it would likely not offer a factory V8 for its new off-roading SUV.

Thanks to the Texas-based tuning specialist, the Bronco will be fitted with a Ford Performance 5,0-litre V8. Thanks to a 3,0-litre supercharger, an air-to-water intercooler, high-flow air induction, upgraded fuel injectors and a stainless-steel cat-back exhaust, the big engine is set to deliver a whopping 560 kW. Using Ford’s ten-speed automatic transmission, Hennessey claims the Bronco will accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 4,5 seconds.  

The VelociRaptor Bronco will, of course, also sport some visual enhancements. These includes new front and rear bumpers with LEDs, and a custom grille complemented by a VelociRaptor sticker pack and a set of upgraded alloy wheels.

Alterations to the cabin will include a custom interior with “Hennessey” embroidered headrests and a “Limited Edition” serial numbered plaque. Adding to its off-roading capabilities are an upgraded suspension and all-terrain tyres.

Just 24 examples will be built, offered in both two- and four-door configurations. All-in, the VelociRaptor Bronco will cost $225 000 (that's around R3,7-million).

“Over the past two years, we have built over 70 Gen 2 Ford Raptors for our customers by removing the EcoBoost V6 and replacing it with the same 750 HP supercharged 5,0 V8. I wanted to build the ultimate Ford Bronco for myself and for our customers,” said John Hennessey, company founder and CEO.

“The 2021 Bronco may be one of the most highly desired vehicles since the introduction of the Ford GT. We look forward to taking the new Bronco to the next level and beyond.”