There's plenty to love about the madness that goes on at Hennessey Performance, but for us, it's the fact that the company has no loyalty to any brand or nameplate. If it's quick, it flies at Hennessey. The team recently turned their attention toward squeezing a bit more thrust from the latest-generation Ford Taurus SHO, and the result is the MaxBoost 445. Thanks to a cold-air induction system, new hard piping for the turbo, engine management calibration and a Corsa stainless steel cat-back exhaust, the car dumps 445 horsepower to all four wheels – a bunch more ponies than the standard car's already plentiful 365 hp. It even comes with a 1 year, 12,000 mile warranty.

If that sounds like a party, you can head over to the Hennessey site for more information. You can also watch a video of the MaxBoost 435 upgrade at work on Lincoln MKS twin in the video below.



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      Greg S
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love to see this on a Flex Limited with a big brake package!
        OnTheRocks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Greg S
        There's a guy on youtube that has his ecoboost Flex running high 12's. Pretty awesome to watch, just look up Ecoboost Flex quarter mile.
      Jai302
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is one mean lookinf AWD sports sedan! I'm hoping they base the next one on the 2015 Mustang RWD platform and replace the MKS with an all new Continental based the same RWD platform. That would be so cool. I love Ford
      Jarda
      • 1 Year Ago
      was kinda hoping for video of that SHO
      RampantFury
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just wait, in a few months i bet Shelby is going to come out with something even better.
        joejoe509
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RampantFury
        Not likely, but the SVT crew (practically the same thing as Shelby these days) or perhaps Roush (again practically the same people) could release something - even if just a kit. I wonder if there's enough of a market for it though. I mean the SHO is already more car than most Taurus buyers need. And if the price gets too high, you're in a whole other world of competition. I love the idea of Taurus sleeper though. And even though it's slightly scary, an SVT Taurus police interceptor package would be pretty cool.
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      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      You can do all of this yourself for around ~$2,500 with the same or better results.
      thedriveatfive
      • 1 Year Ago
      445 is a big jump... most tuners only give 50 hp and 60 tq or so. But I would bet the down pipe is the big gain. You could replicate this on your own for about $1500 to $2000. Just google the parts....
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      Jai302
      • 1 Year Ago
      This should tear the Audi S8 a new *******, Quattro or not
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        @Jai302
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          Brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Josh, the S8 has 520hp, more torque, and a better all wheel drive system compared to 445hp, less torque, and a worse all wheel drive system, plus the S8 has a faster 0 to 60 time, now explain to me how "the laws of physics" support the Taurus. Oh that's right, you cant!
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        joejoe509
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jai302
        Ha. No. The S8 would stomp on this in a straight line and in the twists. I'm not even convinced the S6 would be a good match, but it would be a lot closer. I think this Taurus would probably beat an S4 relatively easily, but that's nothing to necessarily brag about. Also, I would imagine the price of Hennessey's upgrades would put this into Audi territory. And unless you're looking for a ultra-secret sleeper, I would bet the Audi is a better overall value.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @joejoe509
          The S4 starts at $47k, the S6 at $71k, and the S8 at $110k in the US. Someone on here says the Hennessey package costs $12k, so the SHO would likely be a few thousand more than an S4 and still far less expensive than either an S6 or an S8.
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      ihyln
      • 1 Year Ago
      Almost 59k for a Ford with tax? Unless you need to have such a large car this is a complete waste of an upgrade.
      Maxximtl
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love how Hennessey assembles other people's components on a car and calls it his own. This car is just as big of a joke as the rest of his products.
      Michael Peters
      • 1 Year Ago
      We've had this out for like a year, but thanks Autoblog! -Mike @ Hennessey
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael Peters
        What you really mean is that you've had customer cars for over a year and are still screwing around trying to get it right. On top of that the warranty is pretty much pointless, go ahead and admit it. You're never going to honor any promises made. I strongly urge all AutoBlog readers to read at least the first post of the link below (copy and paste to your browser) before clicking on that vote button- http://www.gtrlife.com/forums/topic/37559-where-did-the-hennessey-gt-r-end-up/
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      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hennessey doesn\'t build or make anything, so what shop actually built the kit? Just go to them if you want one and save Hennesseys 50% price mark up.
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