Hennessey Set to Release a 1,000hp Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
As recently as 10 years ago, if you had told us that Cadillac would someday build and sell a visually striking family of midsize cars (sedan, coupe and station wagon) featuring rear-wheel-drive, Nürburgring-tuned suspension and brakes, a 6-speed manual transmission and a fire-breathing engine borrowed from the top-spec Corvette of the day, we would have asked you why you didn’t put your message on a torso-sized piece of cardboard and stand at a freeway offramp all day.
Thankfully, the current CTS-V makes the days of front-wheel-drive and 200hp from 4.9 liters seem longer ago than they really are. However, as we know all too well, even 556hp is woefully inadequate for some folks, and you better believe they’re glad there are tuners like Hennessey offering upgrade packages for the killer Cad. But we’re betting even the biggest horsepower addicts will be a little intimidated by a new, super-limited-edition Hennessey CTS-V called the V1000.
Seen here in conceptual rendering form, Hennessey will only build 12 of these widebody CTS-V Coupes. And we actually think a dozen might be more than enough, given how powerful they are. HPE dispenses with the stock 6.2L supercharged V8 (but keeps the stock 6-speed manual or automatic transmission and upgrades each to handle the added oomph) and drops in a 7.0L V8 (also belonging to the GM LS family) that breathes through a pair of ball bearing turbos and an air-to-air intercooler. The result is a claimed 1,000hp and 950 lb.-ft of torque. To paraphrase Rancid, the boy and his Cadillac are both time bombs, but if something does go wrong, Hennessey offers a 1 year/12,000 mile warranty.
So what sort of numbers does a 1,000hp twin-turbo CTS-V put up? Hennessey says 0-60 mph will take 3.5 seconds, while the quarter-mile should pass in 10.9 seconds at 136 mph. Top speed gets bumped to a frankly-hard-to-believe 230 mph. With performance that staggering, it should come as no surprise that the suspension, tires and brakes have also been heavily upgraded, with the settings having been calibrated by former GM Performance Division chief John Heinricy, who is now a consultant for Hennessey. Buyers will also get a track day with Heinricy, during which the 11-time Sports Car Club of America national champion will teach them how to tame their new supercoupes.
Hennessey has yet to announce pricing or when deliveries will begin, but unless you’re already on the waiting list, you could be out of luck. But it wouldn’t be much of a supercar if it wasn’t exclusive now, would it?