2019 Lincoln Navigator Stock and Modified Battle: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday

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Simple upgrades make the EcoBoost-powered Lincoln Navigator a whole lot quicker.

This week’s Truckin’ Fast Wednesday video comes to us from the YouTube channel of Hennessey Performance and it features a pair of 2019 Lincoln Navigators going head-to-head on the test track. In stock form, the new Navigator is surprisingly spry for a luxury vehicle of this size, but with some simple upgrades and an engine tune from Hennessey, the twin turbo V6 gets a whole lot stronger and the big SUV gets a whole lot quicker.

The Competitors

In the near lane, we have a stock 2019 Lincoln Navigator, packing the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent to all four wheels by means of a 10-speed automatic transmission and an advanced all-wheel drive system, so while this big SUV weighs close to 6,000 pounds, it is still pretty quick.

2019 Lincoln Navigator Lined Up

The new Navigator in the far lane has been upgraded with the Hennessey HPE600 package. This package adds a high flow air induction setup, a turbo wastegate modifier, a new air-to-air front-mount intercooler, larger intercooler piping, a stainless steel exhaust system and an engine tune. This package increases the EcoBoost engine output from 450 to 600 horsepower at the crankshaft, but Hennessey has a video on their website showing this package on the dyno. In that video, the Navigator pickups up around 100 horsepower and around 100 lb-ft of torque at the wheels.

Finally, the HPE600-equipped Lincoln in the video has the optional 22-inch monoblock wheels wrapped in high performance rubber along with Brembo front brakes.

2019 Lincoln Navigator Drag Race Front

The Battle

The stock and modified Lincoln Navigators only race once, but that gives us all of the information that we need. There are cameras on the track and all over both vehicles, all of which show that the HPE-tuned SUV pulls away early and wins by a considerable margin. Within the first few gears, the tuned Navigator pulls ahead by a full car-length and on the top end, the black SUV is several lengths ahead of its stock namesake.

2019 Lincoln Navigator Look Back

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

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