American tuner Hennessey is well-known for its work with V8-engined, high-horsepower muscle vehicles just like the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang. It additionally constructed a 1,000-horsepower Jeep Gladiator, and it has experimented with SUVs just like the Cadillac Escalade and the Lincoln Navigator previously. It is going to go to Porsche territory for the primary time by releasing an array of aftermarket components designed to suit the Taycan, the German agency’s first series-produced electrical mannequin.
The Taycan stands out as the primary Porsche Hennessey has ever labored on, and it’s additionally the primary electrical automotive it has put its palms into. Firm founder and CEO John Hennessey defined his staff has needed to change electrical vehicles for some time, and the Taycan is the correct platform to begin with as a result of it’s fast proper out of the field. The upgrades accessible from the Texas-based tuner will initially be restricted to pretty fundamental components like alloy wheels, stickier tires, and new-look inside parts, although pictures of the upgraded cabin haven’t been launched but. Stylists additionally drew extra muscular-looking entrance and rear bumpers for the sedan. Renderings present a large vent proper beneath the hood that reminds us of the 911 GT3.
Taycan homeowners searching for a lift in efficiency gained’t have the ability to get it from Hennessey proper when the automotive goes on sale. The agency will obtain the Taycan it ordered in early 2020, when Porsche begins delivering the mannequin to American prospects, and it’ll flip its sedan right into a check mattress for powertrain modifications. “We are going to see what is perhaps potential by way of including extra energy,” Hennessey wrote in a press release. This implies that powertrain upgrades shall be accessible in the end.
Pricing info for the upgrades haven’t been revealed but. We anticipate they’ll add just a few thousand to the Taycan’s base worth, which checks in at $150,900 in Turbo trim, and $185,000 in Turbo S specification.
Hennessey has no plans to maneuver away from the muscle vehicles it has traditionally labored with; massively highly effective V8s are nonetheless the core of its enterprise, they usually’ll stay there within the foreseeable future. “Almost all of our purchasers nonetheless need uncooked, highly effective [piston-powered] engines,” the corporate clarified. It added it’s branching out into the premium electrical automotive section as a result of a few of its prospects are turning to autos just like the Taycan and its arch rival, the Tesla Mannequin S, as each day drivers.