This is the first, and presumably, only performance upgrade available for the luxurious large SUV.
Meet John Hennessey and his Texas-based tuning company, Hennessey Performance. It’s a family business that also dabbles in hypercars from time to time along with making already fast and powerful cars, well, even faster and more powerful. Joking aside, of course we all know Hennessey Performance and its vast catalog of performance upgrade packages for American muscle favorites. It also built the Venom GT and will fully reveal its successor, the Venom F5, which we just saw in Geneva, at Pebble Beach this summer.
But for today, Hennessey has released details and photos of its latest bonkers creation, a 600-hp Lincoln Navigator. The tuner points out it’s the first aftermarket firm to offer performance upgrades for the luxurious and large SUV, and fortunately it comes with an engine Hennessey is already familiar with, the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. It also powers the Ford F-150 Raptor, which Hennessey turned into the VelociRaptor 600. “The 2018 Navigator is a world-class luxury SUV and we wanted to take its already impressive power and performance to the next level,” said 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 engine’s standard 450 hp received an extra 150 ponies thanks to several modifications, including engine management computer software upgrades, a high-flow air induction system, new stainless steel exhaust, and a large front-mounted intercooler system. Hennessey claims a 0-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds and a quarter-mile run in 12.9 seconds at 107 mph thanks to the upgrades.
Additional upgrades include forged monoblock wheels, lowered suspension and beefy Brembo brakes with 6-piston calipers and 15.1-inch brake rotors. “Our family has owned and driven several high-powered GMC Denalis and Escalades over the past five years, Hennessey said. “We are now very pleased to have a high-powered Lincoln to add to our family fleet.”