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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.

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