Hennessey Performance Engineering Gives the Lux SUV a 150hp Boost
Those in the market to beef up the performance of the family-haulin’, large-’n’-luxurious ’18 Lincoln Navigator are in luck: Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) has got your back. The Texasbased aftermarket tuner company, which modifies upward of 500 vehicles per year, claims to be the first to offer performance upgrades for the new Navigator.
“The 2018 Navigator is a world-class luxury SUV, and we wanted to take its already impressive power and performance to the next level,” says president and company founder John Hennessey. “Over the past 12 months, we have built and delivered hundreds of VelociRaptor 600 upgrades to our new Ford Raptor clients. It made perfect sense to offer a similar upgrade package for the new Navigator, which has essentially the same engine.”
The ’18 Hennessey Navigator, equipped with the company’s HPE600 upgrade, elevates the factory twin-turbo 3.5L V-6 power ratings from an already stout 450 hp to an eyebrowraising 600 hp at 6,000 rpm. Those extra 150 horses help the souped-up, sassy six-cylinder lay down a 0-to-60 acceleration time of 4.8 seconds—that’s just half a second behind the 575hp Range Rover Sport SVR—while attacking the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds at 107 mph. The extra horsepower bump is achieved through airflow and engine management changes, including a high-flow air induction system, turbo wastegate modifier, air-to-air front-mounted intercooler and piping upgrade, catback stainless steel exhaust system, and engine management computer software upgrades.
The boost comes with the confidence of professional installation, dyno testing, extensive road testing, and a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty before the customer drives off into the sunset. And, of course, the vehicle receives the Hennessey touch: embroidered headrests and exclusive serialnumbered interior and underhood plaques. Hennessey plans on limiting the number of Navigators it customizes, making it an elite option. Orders can be placed directly with Hennessey or through authorized Lincoln dealers.
For some extra dough, 22-inch monoblock wheels, front and rear Brembo brakes, and a lowering kit are available to give the Navigator some handling verve and street swagger. Speaking of cash, bring plenty: Hennessey’s magical touch will set you back $19,950 on top of the cost of the big Lincoln itself.
Since Lincoln customers opt for some upgrades anyway, why not get Hennessey to do it so you can enjoy the threeyear warranty?
No one ever called the ’18 Lincoln Navigator weakwilled or scrawny, but that didn’t stop Hennessey Performance Engineering from throwing a long list of parts and programming at the luxury SUV to enhance its performance. The headlines: 600 hp, a quarter-mile time in the 12s, and about $20,000 (plus the ’Gator itself).
The Lincoln Navigator HPE600 is available with Hennessey-approved 22inch monoblock wheels, Brembo brakes, and a slick lowering kit.