Hennessey Venom 800 Ford F-150 is toxic to TRX
Supertruck’s 805 horsepower is pure poison
Ford introduced the 14th generation F-150 earlier in 2020, so it was only a matter of time before an array of immensely powerful trucks emerged from the aftermarket and followed in its wake. Texas-based tuner Hennessey fired first by releasing a limited-edition pickup named Venom 800 that offers supercar-like power and acceleration.
Hennessey starts with a 2021 F-150 SuperCrew equipped with the time-tested 5.0-liter V8 and four-wheel-drive. It then demonstrates the Coyote’s dazzling tunability by topping it with a 3.0-liter supercharger that provides 8 psi of boost and upgrading a long list of parts, including the intake, fuel pump, and fuel injectors. Exhaling through a stainless-steel exhaust system, the eight-cylinder easily makes 805 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 727 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm when it’s fed E85 pump fuel. It gives the Venom a 102-horse advantage over Ram’s Hellcat-powered 1500 TRX, and about twice the horsepower available in an unmodified F-150 with the V8.
All told, the Venom 800 takes 3.6 seconds to reach 60 mph, a figure that makes it three-tenths of a second slower than the Mustang GT500 and nearly a full second faster than the 1500 TRX, though we suspect the 4.5-second time published by Ram is seriously understated. It blasts through the quarter mile in 11.9 seconds at 116 mph.
Brembo brakes (including six-piston front calipers and 15.1-inch front rotors) bring the behemoth to a stop. Suspension modifications are part of the package, too, but you’re knocking on the wrong door if you’re looking for a buttoned-down truck that takes a turn like a train. Hennessey instead increased the F-150‘s off-road prowess by adding a six-inch lift kit, beefier shocks with external reservoirs, and 20-inch wheels wrapped by 35-inch tires.
2022 Rivian R1T and R1S: Which one? And how we’d spec them
Rivian just opened its configurator tool for both the R1T truck and R1S SUV
Turns out the Autoblog crew likes yellow electric trucks. Who knew? Rivian has officially opened its configurator to the public, so of course we all had to dive in and build our ideal Rivians. Both the R1T and R1S builder tools went live at the same time, so we decided to make body style one of the options. Pickup or SUV? Then Rivian has a couple packages to choose from, a whole array of paint colors and a few interior trim options, too. Early returns from the Rivian Owner’s Forum indicate that folks are favoring the pickup by a wide margin (about 2:1) over the SUV. You can see a spreadsheet full of orders to get an idea of how others are configuring their trucks.
As is typically the case, we largely stuck to interesting colors. Though even some of the more drab shades of gray or silver look excellent on the R1T and R1S. Nobody was even allowed to choose the fancy Launch Edition, since those are officially sold out — Rivian has greyed-out the selection box on its configurator. That being the case, anybody that builds one now won’t get it until January 2022 at the earliest. Here’s the link to Rivian’s site if you want to build one yourself.
Nissan Navara Hints at Next-Gen Frontier Pickup
Nissan upgraded the powertrain earlier this year, the rest of the changes are coming soon.
- Nissan unveiled the world-market Navara pickup with new styling
- We expect those traits to land on the next-generation Frontier truck
- The powertrain of the Frontier was upgraded earlier this year
The Nissan Frontier midsize pickup has been plugging along in the U.S. since Chevy was building the S10, Dodge the Dakota, and Ford the Ranger Splash, and stayed around when those brands took a break from the smaller-than-full-size pickup segment. It saw just two major redesigns over 35 years.
In 2014 Nissan split the Frontier from its world-market Navara platform mate; the rest of the world got another generation, but we kept our pickup as it was after the 2010 facelift. We got a look at the next new Navara pickup today, which goes on sale in Thailand in December, and we’re expecting the updates to mirror what’s coming next in our Frontier—If you’ll recall, earlier this year we got a new engine and powertrain, but new sheetmetal was TBD.