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New supercharged Hennessey Venom 775 truck uses Ford F-150 as its base

Hennessey has taken the Ford F-150 up a notch (or two) with its new truck.

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Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) has give a typical Ford F-150 a power and style boost, resulting in their new Venom 775 Supercharged Truck.

"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," explained Founder and CEO John Hennessey.

Hennessey Venom 775

Hennessey Venom 775

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At the heart of the truck, HPE added a 2.9-liter supercharger system to the truck's standard 5.0-liter V8. That boosted the engine to 775 horsepower (from 395). That power gets the truck to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.0 seconds.

The engine bay is enclosed with a Hennessey paint matched Ram Air Hood. There's a cat-back exhaust to help you let your neighbors know that you're home.

The truck rides high thanks to a six inch lift. It has 20-inch wheels that wear 35-inch Toyo tires. It's equipped with Brembo 15.1-inch rotors and six-piston caliper brakes.

The front and back of the model feature Hennessey bumpers that are illuminated with LED lights. Automatic drop-down steps aid with ingress and egress.

Each model has a fresh interior with customized Hennessey Venom badging. The cabin is upholstered in leather and features suede inserts and custom stitching.

Hennessey will sell each Venom 775 with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty for all upgraded parts from HPE.

Just 100 of the models will be made.

Brown Lee Ford in Morrison, Tennessee, will be the exclusive seller of the model.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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First-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubled
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Ford has begun serial production of the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, marking what could be one of the most important days in recent automotive history. The first trucks rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan today, so America's best-selling truck has finally gone electric. Ford wants to sell two million EVs per year by 2026 and have half of its global sales volume to be electric by 2030.

Ford F-150 LightningPast meets future: Ford's new electric pickup will be the F-150 Lightningautomotivemap.com

Ford has seen extreme demand for the trucks, with 200,000 reservations since the books opened. To deliver, the automaker plans to increase production to an annual rate of 150,000 units by next year, which involved huge investments in the Rouge Center and created hundreds of jobs. Ford's total investment for the F-150 Lightning crests $1 billion across Michigan alone, and has created 1,700 jobs across various facilities in the state.

Ford F-150 LightningThe first production trucks left the factory today.
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Though the Lightning starts around $40,000, the most mainstream models will cost much more than that. The F-150 Lightning Pro, while affordable, is a stripped-down truck intended for commercial buyers. It's still a forward-looking electric truck with amazing capabilities, but it lacks much of the creature comforts and features that everyday drivers expect. Higher trims get the latest driver assistance features, including BlueCruise, which is Ford's semi-autonomous hands-free driving assistant. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

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