You’re the kind of guy who has a 50mm wristwatch that’s as thick as a hockey puck, your cigar of choice is a 60-ring gauge beast as big as a telephone pole, and you like your turkey drumsticks Medieval Victory Feast sized. So the standard Cadillac CTS-V Coupe’s 556 horsepower and 551 lb ft of torque are clearly insufficient. This is why you turn to the Hennessey Performance CTS-V VR1200 Twin Turbo for satisfaction.
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Upgraded (as in “I upgraded from an anti-aircraft missile to an ICBM thank you very much”) from the standard output to a mind-blowing and organ smashing 1,226 horsepower and 1,109 lb ft of torque comes via a 7.0 liter twin-turbocharged engine. So, what does this get you, other than your morning espresso splashed on every rearward surface of the cabin? How about 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, the quarter mile in 10.2 seconds at 141 mph, and a top speed of 242 mph? Screw the coffee. Between the tears and smell of liquified rubber, you won’t need it.
But the speed increase warrants other improvements as well, lest you careen into the weeds. The Brembo Brakes are 15.1 inch carbon ceramic front and rear, plus corresponding 8-piston and 6-piston calipers. Ride height has been lowered, beefed up sway bars have been added, and the magnetic ride control has been tweaked to keep you planted while under Bugatti Veyron-like power duress. The CTS-V VR1200 also has enhanced aerodynamics in the way of carbon fiber splitter and diffuser. Most noticeably, however, is the gigantic hot air extractor hood that looks makes it look like Hennessey has partnered with Hoover. All of this finery and machismo lends to a car that will surely break the bank, as well as your cheekbones. Production is limited to only 12 cars, largely because they’re depleting the world’s total available horsepower.
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