2007 - 2011 Cadillac Escalade by Hennessey

On paper, a race against a Japanese buzzsaw called the Cadillac Escalade SUV and the ’Godzilla’ Nissan GT-R, doesn’t seem like a fair fight, especially when you consider that the ’fight’ is actually a 0-60 mph test to see which vehicle can hit the mark first. On one end, you have the Japanese buzzsaw called the Nissan GT-R, a car that has earned the nickname, ’Godzilla’. Can a three-ton SUV whose hulking mass is enough to drag itself down compete against the faster GT-R? Hennessey has made sure of it.

This mismatch was given a fair shake by the folks over at Hennessey , which gave the Escalade an HPE1000 performance upgrade, getting the 6,000lb SUV’s 6.2L engine a total of 1008bhp at 5,900rpm and 967 lb-ft of torque at 3,700 rpm. This was done with a forged & balanced 427 cid LSX engine, high flow cylinder heads, a Hennessey HPE1000 camshaft, an intake manifold upgrade, upgraded fuel injectors, an upgraded fuel system (pump, lines, and Rails), twin ball bearing turbochargers, and much more.

With the playing field somewhat leveled, the two protagonists took to an isolated country road to find out which vehicle can smoke the other. To our surprise, the Escalade, which is more than twice as heavy as the GT-R, managed to outpace the Japanese supercar by the slimmest of margins - one-tenth of a second - with a time of 3.3 seconds compared to Godzilla’s 3.4-second time.

While we’re not totally blown away by the result considering the ’assistance’ the Escalade got from Hennessey, the mere fact that a mammoth of an SUV can actually outpace a powerful Japanese rocket really got us thinking just how dementedly brilliant the people over at Hennessey are.

Check out the video to watch the proceedings and hit the jump to see the full specifications for the Cadillac Escalade by Hennessey.

Source: Hennessey

HPE1000 Twin Turbo Upgrade Includes:

- Forged & Balanced 427 cid LSX Engine
- High Flow Cylinder Heads
- Hennessey HPE1000 Camshaft
- Intake Manifold Upgrade
- Upgraded Fuel Injectors
- Upgraded Fuel System (Pump, Lines & Rails)
- Twin Ball Bearing Turbochargers
- Dual Wastegates
- Air-to-Air Intercooler
- Dual K&N Air Filters
- Electronic Boost Controller
- HPE Stainless Steel Turbo Manifolds
- High Flow Catalytic Converters
- Stainless Steel Cat-Back Exhaust
- 160 Degree Thermostat
- HPE Engine Management Calibration
- All Necessary Gaskets & Fluids
- Professional Installation
- Dyno Tuning & Road Testing
- Hennessey Exterior Badging
- Serial Numbered Dash & Engine Plaques
- 1 Year / 12,000 Mile Limited Warranty

Upgrade is available for GM SUV & Trucks (Tahoe, Suburban, Silverado, Yukon, Sierra, Escalade, and H2)


All I gotta say is holy s***! Talk about a family hauler that hauls ass.

Yeah, you’re right. Nobody has really done a lot of Escalade upgrades lately. So this one is definitely going to be a rather interesting sight to see.

Well, this one is rather a surprise, I have never seen a tuning upgrade for the Escalade for like years now. And it’s a good thing that Hennessey’s work would be the first one I would see.

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