I’ve talked a lot lately about Roush Performance and the fun stuff they’re doing with F-150 trucks. And that’s all fun and good. But Roush isn’t the only custom performance shop that can beef up the Ford F-150.
My colleague Marc Stern recently wrote about what Hennessey Performance Engineering, based in California, has done to the F-150 by creating the Venom 775. The power and performance they’ve created is mind blowing. Almost dangerous in fact.
I don’t know about you, but during this time of social distancing, I’ve found myself spending more time on sites like YouTube. I found this video Hennessey Performance recently released to demonstrate the raw power and performance of this lifted pickup truck when it went on the track versus a 2020 Ford Mustang GT350.
Hennessey Venom 775 vs. Ford Mustang GT350
The video, which is produced by Hennessey (that’s important to understand for bias and perspective) shows an absolute blowout by the Venom vs. the GT350. However, some people in the comments on the video felt like the driver of the GT350 did a poor job of launching or held back, since this was a video to promote the Venom.
That being said, the tale of the tape of these vehicles, shows that the Venom should win this race every time. The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350 comes with the 5.2-liter voodoo engine which has a maximum horsepower of 526 (at 7,500 rpm) compared to the supercharged, modified 5.0-liter Coyote engine of the Venom which has a maximum horsepower of 775 (at 7,000 rpm).
Just looking at those output numbers shows no contest in a straight away contest like this one. The Venom has a 0-60 mph time of 4 seconds flat and a quarter mile time of 12.1 seconds, maxing out at 116 mph. The 2.9-liter supercharger system of Hennessey tilts the scale heavily in the favor of the Venom in this drag race.
Even if the Mustang GT350 driver did a poor job at launching, or even if the “fix” was in. The Venom is simply a faster, more high-performance vehicle than the stock GT350.
“At Hennessey Performance we continue to push the envelope and crush the competition, the Venom 775 is the culmination of what the perfect F-150 should be,” said founder and CEO John Hennessey.
Specs of the Hennessey Venom F-150
Only 100 Venoms will be made by Hennessey. And you must provide your own 2020 Ford F-150 with the Coyote V8 engine for them to make the modifications to.
The upgrade kit includes:
• 2.9 Liter Supercharger System
• Increase Boost Pressure
• Air-to-Water Intercooler
• High-Flow Air Induction
• Fuel Injector Upgrade
• Fuel System Upgrade
• Stainless Steel Cat-Back Exhaust
• Professional Installation
• HPE Engine Management Calibration
• Chassis Dyno Tuning & Road Testing
• Serial Numbered Dash & Engine Plaques
• BREMBO 6 Piston Front Brakes
• Hennessey Front Bumper
• 5 LED Lights in Front Bumper
• 20 inch Wheels
• 35 inch Toyo Off-Road Tires
• 6” Lift Kit
• Hennessey & Venom 775 Exterior Graphics
Other optional upgrades include:
• VENOM Custom Interior
• VENOM Ram Air Hood
• VENOM Rear Bumper
• Electronic Fold Down Steps
The Hennessey Venom does come with a 3 year, 36,000 mile limited warranty and can cost more than $50,000 for this limited-edition, high-performance F-150.
Now, after watching that video, what do you think? Leave me a comment and let me know. I do think the F-150 would win that race in all regards, but it does seem the Mustang driver was a little light footed out of the gate. But, in a straight showing of horsepower, the Hennessey F-150 had more Venom to it than the Cobra.
Jimmy Dinsmore has been an automotive journalist for more than a decade and been a writer since the high school. His Driver’s Side column features new car reviews and runs in several newspapers throughout the country. He is also co-author of the book “Mustang by Design” and “Ford Trucks: A Unique Look at the Technical History of America’s Most Popular Truck”. Also, Jimmy works in the social media marketing world for a Canadian automotive training aid manufacturing company. Follow Jimmy on Facebook, Twitter, at his special Ford F-150 coverage on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can read the most of Jimmy's stories by searching Torque News Ford for daily Ford vehicle report.