• Hennessey trying to challenge UGR? HPE700 twin turbo 458 Italia from Hennessey

      The Ferrari forced induction landscape is rather small. There are not many cars produced to begin with and it is not exactly easy to tune something like a 458 Italia for a forced induction setup. Most owners also are not going to tinker with their Ferrari. UGR (Underground Racing) is really the only company with results on the platform up to this point.

      So, enter Hennessey who as usual makes bold claims but with little substance. The pictures and videos certainly show what is a twin turbocharged 458. There is a short video that shows the car doing a WOT burst and it certainly sounds turbocharged. So where is the dynograph especially when one of the videos shows the car on a dyno?

      In Hennessey's defense UGR has not provided a graph either for their twin turbo kit which they claim puts out 700 wheel horsepower. However, UGR has built up a very solid reputation with their work in the Lamborghini world. Hennessey's reputation does not get the benefit of the doubt to say the least.

      Regardless, Hennessey claims 738 horsepower along with 532 lb-ft of torque for the kit. He also claims a 10.5 @ 137 mile per hour quarter mile which just like the horsepower claim is unsubstantiated. It is nothing more than an educated guess as a 458 Italia with a couple turbos should easily be capable of that performance and then some.

      Hennessey also does not provide pricing information and this is likely overpriced just like the majority of what Hennessey offers. Then again, UGR also does not provide pricing information. At this level it's one of those things where if you can afford the car you can afford the upgrades. Still, nobody likes to throw away money and in the Lamborghini world UGR clearly defines their pricing due to facing some actual competition.

      They may have some actual competition now in the 458 scene but until Hennessey demonstrates more than some short flyby videos the UGR kit is still the choice for the platform especially if it is cheaper.

      HPE700 Twin Turbo Performance Upgrade
      Available for the Ferrari 458 Italia, Spider & Speciale

      • 738 Horsepower @ 8,400 rpm
      • 532 lb-ft Torque @ 5,600 rpm

      • 0-60 mph: 2.8 sec.
      • 1/4 mile: 10.5 sec. @ 137 mph

      HPE700 Twin Turbo Ferrari 458 Upgrade Includes:
      • Twin Ball Bearing Turbochargers
      • Fuel System Upgrade
      • Stainless Steel Inlet Piping
      • Dual Wastegates
      • Air-to-water Intercooler System
      • Dual Air Induction Filters
      • Stainless Steel Turbo Downpipes
      • Stainless Steel Exhaust System
      • Custom Oil & Transmission Lines
      • Professional Installation
      • HPE Engine Management Calibration
      • Dyno Tuning & Road Testing
      • Serial-Numbered Dash & Engine Plaques
      • Hennessey Exterior Badging
      • 1 Year / 12,000 Mile Limited Warranty

      Additional Upgrades Available:
      • CarbonAeroฎ Carbon Fiber Exterior Body Upgrades
      • Hennessey Monoblock Wheel Upgrade
      • Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires
      • KW Adjustable Suspension Upgrade
      • Custom Interior Leather Upgrades
      • Carbon Fiber Interior Upgrades

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