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.
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 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
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)