Ford vs Chevrolet. It’s as tribal as motoring rivalries get – especially when it comes to pick-up trucks. In fact, it’s a civil war.
Over to Texas and the stable of Hennessey Performance to even up the stakes. Having already forged a tuned, six-wheeled version of the Ford Raptor(neatly titled VelociRaptor) John Hennessey and co. have turned their super-unleaded intentions to the latest Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss Z71.
A superb car name already, but even that’s been enhanced. Now with six-wheel drive, a supercharged V8 and eight-inch lift kit, you’re looking at the Goliath 6×6. There’s a new mega-truck in town, folks.
John explains “As with anything from Hennessey, the first order of business is adding more power.” And then adding a a dollop more, until there’s more power than the wheels know what to do with. So you add more wheels too, it appears. Cripes.
“These are very exclusive and unique vehicles that make a huge statement anywhere our clients go – whether it’s Rodeo Drive or the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert”, says Hennessey. Wherever they go, and whether or not they need roads, it won’t be taking them long to get there. Here’s why.
Bolted to the 6.2-litre V8 in the Goliath 6×6 is a 2.9-litre supercharger wound up to 0.5bar of boost. Breathing out through a stainless steel sports exhaust, the HPE700 package develops a colossal 525kW and 915Nm. Hennessey predicts 0-100kph will happen “in the mid-four second range.” Presumably on any terrain yet charted by mankind.
Thrown in are 37-inch off-road tyres by BFGoodrich, LED lights, LARGE-font Hennessey graphics (honestly, what else could this thing be?) and, worryingly, a rollbar upgrade. Keep it shiny side up and Hennessey will include a 50 000 kilometre, three-year warranty. Yep, this 525kW piece of pseudo-military chic ought to outlast your iPhone.
Only 24 of the Goliath 6×6 monsters will be made, but should you fancy one-upping your 23 fellow owners, Hennessey says it will offer an 602kW engine upgrade. Cars come no more absurd. Two car garage with a Venom F5, anyone?
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