• 2007 - 2011 Cadillac Escalade by Hennessey

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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.

  • 2007 - 2011 Cadillac Escalade by Hennessey
  • Year:
    2007- 2011
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
  • Torque @ RPM:
  • Displacement:
    6200 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.3 sec.
  • Quarter Mile time:
    11.3 sec.
  • Layout:
    All Wheel Drive
  • body style:

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)

Source: Hennessey

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  (858) posted on 12.20.2011

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.

  (630) posted on 10.3.2011

This huge Hennessey definitely a powerful and competitive car can last for long journey. Its components boost more the car for better performance. Seriously its upgrades result for an advanced and quality car.

  (592) posted on 09.12.2011

Kinda looks like some other SUV on it physique, i would probably love to see its beast feature and other testimonials of this Escalade.

  (256) posted on 08.25.2011

With the specs indicated I guess there’s no more reason to doubt the reliability of the vehicle. I was impressed with the figure performance of the car.

  (248) posted on 08.25.2011

This version from the Hennessey is quite an impressive production. I really trust the tuned up production of the Cadillac here! The specs are quite awesome.

  (377) posted on 07.5.2011

This seems to be quite challenging for the Hennessey. The result of the aftermarket version is quite impressive especially the boost in the speed performance!

  (531) posted on 07.5.2011

Wow! It seems that they have based the boost power on the performance of the GTR! Though SUV and sports car doesn’t belong to the same sentence I have feeling that this would be a interesting version.

  (830) posted on 06.29.2011

The figure performance of this car is not for a SUV model, its like a super car! Its torque is just enough to make this car run like a rocket! And I think it has a great offer on its aerodynamic kit!

  (398) posted on 06.29.2011

This car is twice as heavy as the GTR and it makes me to impressed the Escalade for its faster in terms of 0-60 mph. The power output seems amazing! And the upgrade option of this vehicle is really a jaw-dropping.

  (528) posted on 05.19.2011

One thing I really like about Hennessey is that they were able to really take even a plain looking car and making it even better. This one is simply a great sample.

  (394) posted on 05.16.2011

Yeah, I have to agree that this car has an luxurious styling and its a good thing that they never stop in there. They tried to make more powerful car like their production the CTS.

  (419) posted on 05.16.2011

The good thing about this car, is that it has an awesome performance plus a glamorous styling. Well, this is what you get from Cadillac, an luxurious design and great high speed engine.

  (714) posted on 04.27.2011

I like the head lights of the main front of this car, Godzilla seems to be a strong creations that’s a sign of a fair fight. Well, this sounds to be a little scary to other competitor and drag yourself to its earned nickname.

  (676) posted on 04.20.2011

I like the main font of this new Cadillac escalade, that seems to be a great designs. A car has its well known as Godzilla brings a better performance update.

  (539) posted on 04.20.2011

Imagine that, this one was actually able to beat the GT-R in a race. That one is definitely not something that you would see every day. Certainly makes this one worth even more.

  (336) posted on 04.19.2011

Well, it actually handles rather good, so you need not to worry about this one. And yeah, I would agree with you that this one is really an impressive package.

  (630) posted on 04.18.2011

Yeah, its so confusing..SUV with a twin-turbo upgrade its not so handy. Though. I have to agree that this car has an amazing package. I love those wheels!

  (776) posted on 04.18.2011

hmm. Does the SUV car needs a speed? Its not a sports car or racing prototype so I don’t think that it needs that figure. However, I have to praise the interior of this car its spacious and look so comfortable.

  (506) posted on 04.18.2011

Well, this one is not only going to be a family ride. I think this one actually suit a wide variety of uses, which is why you will love this car a lot.

  (599) posted on 04.18.2011

Yeah, you’re right, that one is definitely one heck of a family van. Imagine taking the kids to picnic on this one, you will definitely be the head turners on the picnic grounds when you arrive.

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