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2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Twin Turbo Black Line by Geiger Cars

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Twin Turbo Black Line by Geiger Cars

German tuner gives American sports car a nice bump in power

The Cadillac ATS-V Coupe was launched in 2014 as Cadillac’s response to the growing number of high-performance coupes that are making a name for themselves in the market. Models like the BMW M4 and the Audi RS5 are considered some of the segment’s best and the aftermarket world has taken notice of that. But don’t sleep on the ATS-V Coupe just yet because it has also received some tuning attention, none more recently than Geiger Cars, which prepared a program that gives the the high-powered ATS model a new output of 508 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque.

The program is largely meant for European owners of the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe, a lot of whom will probably admit to needing one considering how many tuners offer programs for the M4 and the RS5.

In addition to the engine upgrades, it also includes a flashy new set of 19-inch wheels and upgrades to the car’s suspension unit. The last part is particularly important given the extra horses that were squeezed out of the coupe’s 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. There is a lack of exterior and interior upgrades, but given the car’s already impressive aerodynamic qualities, it doesn’t seem too much of a stretch to consider that the ATS-V Coupe doesn’t need them as much as some people think.

That said, it wouldn’t hurt if Geiger paid attention in that department too. But alas, the program is limited in that respect, although owners of the car who prefer upgrades to the engine won’t be disappointed with what they stand to get from the German tuner’s newest tuning kit.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V By Hennessey

2016 Cadillac CTS-V By Hennessey

Hennessey Performance has a long history of taking already fast cars and pushing them to the limit. Cars like the 2015 Ford Mustang HPE700 or the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG by Hennessey are prime examples, but they have also focused on other cars that other tuners don’t give a second thought to. Case in point: The Cadillac CTS-V.

Back in 2011, they brought us cars like the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V V700 Sport Wagon and the V700 Coupe. In 2012, they put together the 1,000-horsepower CTS-V Coupe Twin Turbo V1000, and let’s not forget the 1,226-horsepower, 2013 Cadillac CTS-VR1200 Twin Turbo Coupe. All of that was just the beginning, though, as Hennessey has now released three performance packages for the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.

It might be hard to imagine stepping up the new CTS-V, considering it comes with a new 6.2-liter V-8 that pushes 640 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. Even though it can hit 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 200 mph, Hennessey decided to step it up even more. The three available upgrade packages promise to push the Cadillac to anywhere between 750 and 1,000 horsepower – depending on how much you want to spend. With that said, let’s take a look and see what Hennessey can do to the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V By Hennessey.

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Video: Cadillac Escalade HPE550 Vs. Stock Version

Video: Cadillac Escalade HPE550 Vs. Stock Version

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade is one of largest and boxiest full-size SUVs nowadays. I’m not saying it is not stylish, but that thing is huge, heavy and seemingly slow, but once its 420-horsepower V-8 comes to life, the Escalade is anything but slow. In fact, it takes only 6.4 seconds to charge from naught to 60 mph, which is faster than a Subaru BRZ or Scion FR-S, and it reaches the end of a quarter-mile strip in 14.8 seconds.

On the other hand, we know that some potential buyers would like the 2015 Escalade to be a tad quicker. This is where Hennessey Performance and its HPE550 package comes in. The upgrade places a supercharger atop the 6.2-liter V-8 and adds performance-enhancing parts, including a high-flow intercooling system. The result? Output goes up to a whopping 552 ponies and 565 pound-feet of torque, while it 0-to-60-mph drops to 4.9 seconds. Although the Texas-based company hasn’t released quarter-mile figures yet, it’s safe to assume the Escalade HPE550 is in the low 13-second range.

One thing’s for sure, the supercharged Escalade is definitely faster than a base model, and the video above proves just that. Hit the play button to find out why Hennessey charges a $15,950 premium to tweak the 2015 Escalade.

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Video: 2015 Cadillac Escalade HPE550 by Hennessey Dyno Test

Video: 2015 Cadillac Escalade HPE550 by Hennessey Dyno Test

With 420 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque on tap, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is one of the most powerful luxury SUVs on the market. However, we’re aware that some drivers, would be happier with more ponies sent to the wheels. Those fellows have the option of supercharging the 6.2-liter V-8 with help from Hennessey Performance and its HPE550 upgrade.

The update adds many performance parts to the engine, including a high-flow intercooling system, gaskets and other hardware. But, more importantly, it takes its output up to a whopping 552 horsepower and 565 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to push it from naught to 60 mph in about 4.9 seconds, nearly a two-second improvement over the standard Escalade. Needless to say, it should keep most power-addicted SUV drivers pretty happy.

We might have to wait a while longer to see one of these beefed-up Escalades in action, but in the meantime, Hennessey Performance has release some dyno footage with the SUV revved to its limit. If you need your daily dose of supercharger whine, you’ve come to the right place. Hit the play button above and pump up the volume.

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2015 Cadillac Escalade HPE550 By Hennessey

2015 Cadillac Escalade HPE550 By Hennessey

With 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the brand-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade leads the full-size luxury SUV segment in terms of power. But if that’s not enough for you, then you’ll be happy to learn that the folks over at Hennessey Performance have taken the V-8’s output even further.

Using its new HPE550 package, the Texas-based specialist upgraded the 6.2-liter mill to deliver 557 horsepower and 542 pound-feet of torque, which translates into 32 percent and 18 percent increases respectively. As with most Hennessey tweaks, the package also includes an air-to-water intercooler system and engine management recalibration.

In a conversation with John Hennessey, the company expects one-second faster 0-to-60 and quarter-mile times, but they won’t have the official numbers until testing is completed in late-May 2014. By our estimates, this would put it at around five seconds flat. We will bring you the official numbers as soon as they become available. Top speed, however, will likely not be affected by the HPE550 kit, due to the electronic limiter on the Escalade.

The SUV’s exterior, however, remains unchanged, save for a set of lightweight Hennessey H10 forged, monoblock wheels that can be ordered separately for a hefty $6,950. The 20-inch rollers are supposed to allow more power to reach the pavement, thanks to their reduced rotating mass, which could mean a slight acceleration improvement.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Cadillac Escalade HPE550.

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2012 Cadillac CTS-V with D2Forged wheels

2012 Cadillac CTS-V with D2Forged wheels

Cadillac CTS-V is a perfect car from factory, so updating it makes absolutely no sense. In fact if you are taking a closer look at the model’s short history you will notice that there is almost no tuner to offer significant changes for the model.

All the changes we have seen were limited to minor exterior updates, new wheels and a few extra ponies under the hood. Today the guys over D2Forged applied the same treatment and improved the look of the CTS-V with a new set of wheels.

We are talking about a new set of wheels in 11 spoke design featuring unique detail fluting and an aggressive, sporty aesthetic. The wheels measure 21×9.5 at the front and 21×11 at the rear, with classic step lip configuration preventing the center from looking too large. The new wheels were combined with titanium brushed center and hi-polished lip finishing and the perfect Caddy wheel is complete!

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2013 Cadillac ATS by D3

2013 Cadillac ATS by D3

When it comes to tuning Cadillacs, few rank higher than D3. It is, after all, the maker of the Le Monstre CTS-V, a car that we first saw at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.

During this year’s SEMA show, D3 was back in full force again, presenting a new program for the Cadillac ATS, which includes a new body kit. This kit consists of a revised front bumper, side skirts with optional air foils, a new roof spoiler and a rear deck lid spoiler. All these parts were built by D3 itself and comes with OEM mounting points.

On top of all the aesthetic upgrades, D3 also treated the ATS with some mechanical upgrades, including installing an adjustable coil-over suspension system that can be lowered and the spring rate adjusted to the driver’s preference or track. The ATS’ suspension system also received an aftermarket lowering module that consists of two settings — "Street" or "Competition” — to help give it an extra edge in the twist. Finally, the standard air intake was also replaced by a genuine bolt-on D3 air-intake system.

These upgrades may look subtle now, but rest assured, D3 has something in store for all of us. It has built a reputation as one of the best Cadillac tuner in the world.

Pretty high expectations, sure, but D3 has earned it.

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2012 Cadillac CTS-V by Geiger Cars

2012 Cadillac CTS-V by Geiger Cars

Is it safe to say that the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe doesn’t get the love it deserves? We certainly think so because if it did get its due recognition, we’d have more aftermarket companies presenting programs for the American sports car.

Thankfully, the fine folks from Geiger Cars are one with us in this thinking. With a penchant for taking American sports cars and adding a nice aftermarket flavor to them, these folks went to work on Cadillac’s pride and joy, the CTS-V Coupe.

In stock form, the CTS-V Coupe is already a beast on four wheels, but thanks to a collaborative mix of a new engine software, camshafts, and a new sports exhaust system, Geiger Cars was able to bring the CTS-V’s output right smack in the middle of supercar territory. 620 horsepower with a new top speed of 218 mph.

Finishing their program for the CTS-V Coupe, Geiger Cars also fitted new front and rear stabilizers, as well as a new set of 19" wheels and high-performance brakes.

So how much is the car going to cost with all the modifications included? This big boy will set customers’ back €125,270, which is about $164,000 based on current exchange rates.

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2013 Cadillac CTS-VR1200 Twin Turbo Coupe by Hennessey

2013 Cadillac CTS-VR1200 Twin Turbo Coupe by Hennessey

Hennessey is one of our favorite supercar builders of all times. Its engineers take cars that are already exciting, like the Lotus Elise, and turn them into monsters, like the Venom GT. Hennessey has again broken its own mold by taking a Cadillac CTS-V, an already bad-ass ride, and converting it into the VR1200 Twin Turbo Coupe.

This monster is fresh off of the press too, as Hennessey has just revealed all of its features and specifications. As expected from Hennessey, it produces incredible horsepower, torque, and speed numbers, plus it boasts extreme body modifications.

The real test is whether this VR1200 Twin Turbo Coupe really belongs in the Hennessey lineup and if it’s prepared to slay the likes of the Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Aventador, and the rest of the top supercars.

Click past the jump to read all about this CTS-V turned hypercar and find out if it lives up to its billing.

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2009 - 2012 Cadillac CTS-V by Lingenfelter

2009 - 2012 Cadillac CTS-V by Lingenfelter

The Cadillac CTS-V is already one of the most bad-ass Cadillacs every built and one of the most awesome luxury cars available. It’s supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine pumps out a stout 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque straight from the dealer. If you find these supercar-like numbers a little sub-par for your driving style, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) has a solution for you.

LPE has recently released a trio of kits that cover all CTS-V models from 2009 through 2012. The packages range from mild modifications that give you a slight, yet noticeable, bump in power to extreme power increases with serious modification. The biggest issue, besides finding the funds, is choosing the kit that fits you best. Regardless of the kit you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Click past the jump to read all about these three LPE kits and what they can do for your CTS-V.

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2010 Cadillac CTS-V "Patriot Missile" by D3 Cadillac

2010 Cadillac CTS-V "Patriot Missile" by D3 Cadillac

Anytime you have a car that can be rightfully named after the US military’s missile defense system, then you must be doing something incredible.

This 2010 Cadillac CTS-V is called the Patriot Missile, and by all indication, it does justice to that awesome nickname. What was once a supercharged 2010 CTS-V was taken in by the folks over at D3 Cadillac for some serious custom work involving the installation of D3’s own Stage 4 Tuner Power Kit.

To prep the matte-silver CTS-V Patriot Missile for the increased horsepower output, D3 Cadillac went and upgraded the car’s cooling system while also installing a new aluminum radiator with an improved core, and a bigger intercooler and intercooler pump. Add that to an enhanced supercharger, new spark plugs, new exhaust headers, and a reprogrammed ECU and you have a car that produces a ridiculous 700 horsepower and 700 lb/ft of torque.

The final touches to this rocket-like CTS-V include a new suspension system that comes with D3 Cadillac-spec KW Variant 3 coilovers, adjustable endlinks, chassis bracing, D3 Cadillac sway bars, and a new set of Toyo Proxes R888 tires.

UPDATE 05/01/2012: So what does D3 do when they have 1500 HP Caddy’s itching to get put on the open road? They hand the keys to INDY Car driver J.R. Hildebrand and Formula D driver Tyler McQuarrie, of course! These two racers took these 1,500 horsepower luxury cars down to the Long Beach street circuit and stretched out these Caddy’s legs a little.

By stretching their legs we mean smoldering the tires to oblivion and getting it on video (above). The tire smoldering and supercharger whining is aplenty in these videos, so make sure you check it out!

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2011 Cadillac CTS-V V700 Sport Wagon by Hennessey

2011 Cadillac CTS-V V700 Sport Wagon by Hennessey

Hennessey has a way of doing business that makes you want to throw money at them, especially when it deals with automotive tuning. These guys know what they’re doing and if you have a car like a Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon and you’re not satisfied with its standard specs, the right thing to do is pick up the phone and have Hennessey give it the boost you’ve always wanted.

The American tuning company’s V700 program is a good choice for that. Not only does it have a few styling tweaks to make the car a little more eye-friendly, but more importantly, it has the perfect performance improvements that can turn your CTS-V wagon from a mild-mannered family ride into a snorting piece of action-packed mayhem.

Remember the Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition that we profiled a couple of months back? Well, it’s essentially the same program except that it doesn’t come with the special edition enhancements of the Black Diamond. So even if you ’only’ have a standard CTS-V Sport Wagon, never fear because Hennessey will give it the kind of engine nip and tuck that you’ve always wanted.

UPDATE 11/09/2011: Check out Hennessey’s new video release showing their CTS-V Sport Wagon achieve 10.69 seconds at 134.69 mph in the 1/4 Mile!

Find out more about the Cadillac CTS-V V700 Sport Wagon by Hennessey after the jump.

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Justin Bieber's Cadillac CTS-V Coupe "Batmobile" to be featured in finale of "Inside West Coast Customs"

Justin Bieber’s Cadillac CTS-V Coupe "Batmobile" to be featured in finale of "Inside West Coast Customs"

Justin Bieber is one lucky cat. Not only is his face tacked on the walls of just about every teenage girl’s room in this country - which we don’t particularly care for - but he’s also parlayed his millions into a growing stable of exotic supercars.

One of these exotics, a tricked-out Cadillac CTS-V Coupe that he affectionately calls his "Batmobile," was customized by noted American tuning company West Coast Customs and will be featured in the finale of its show, Inside West Coast Customs on November 6, 2011. The building process behind this Caddy will be prominently featured on the show, but if you can’t wait for it to be aired, you can find out a preview of it right here.

What initially started as a red CTS-V Coupe was eventually turned into a matte black piece of stealthy American bad-assery. Since it’s owned by the Biebs himself, it was important to have the car have its own ’JB’ badges. The car also gets suicide doors that add even more personality to Bieber’s American sports car. As far as the interior of the Caddy "Batmobile" is concerned, West Coast Customs did the honors and dressed up the car in black leather and suede with matching purple stitching, JB logos decked in Swarovski crystals, and an extensive sound system that fits into Bieber’s vibrant and larger-than-life personality.

Ryan Friedlinghaus, CEO of West Coast Customs, couldn’t have been more thrilled with how the build turned out. "It’s not every day the world’s most influential and powerful teen sensation comes into my shop," he said.

"Together, we created something that Justin didn’t have — the sickest CTS-V on Earth, that even exceeded Justin’s expectations."

Check out the season finale of Inside West Coast Customs at 8 pm on Sunday November 6, 2011 on Velocity.

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2011 Cadillac CTS-V Le Monstre by D3 Group

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Le Monstre by D3 Group

The days when 1,000 horsepower cars were nothing more than myths and figments of our imagination are long gone. These days, they’re bringing thrown around like water balloons on a hot summer afternoon. Okay, it still doesn’t happen as often, but you get the point.

Over the past few days, we learned that two Cadillac CTS-V Coupes headed to the ultimate showcase of automotive excess, the SEMA Auto Show, will serve notice to the aftermarket industry that these bad boys are not be messed with. We already covered the V1000 Martin a few days ago so now it’s time for us to introduce the ’Le Monstre.’

As the work of the "D3 Group," the CTS-V Le Monstre takes its name from the 1950 Cadillac Coupe Series 61, a car that competed in the 24 Hours of LeMans way back when in the 50’s. Fast forward six decades later and the namesake will surely make its predecessor proud.

This Cadillac sports coupe was named ’Le Monstre’ for a reason, and that reason takes shape through a heavily modified 6.2-liter LSA V8 engine that was turned into 7.0-liter engine with matching upgraded internals. The result is a powertrain that packs a walloping 1,001 horsepower and 1,000 lb/ft of torque. Ay, caramba!

To allow the car to look and handle as well as it should given the significant spike in output, the D3 Group also gave the CTS-V Coupe a a stealthy Matte Black wrap courtesy of Wraptivo, a custom wide-body kit, an upgraded chassis and suspension system, and a new set of 20" wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes T1R UHP tires.

Talk about living up to your ’Le Monstre’ monicker.

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2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe "Martin V1000" by Martin Technologies

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe "Martin V1000" by Martin Technologies

The Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is a fast car in its own right, thanks to it carrying a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces 556 horsepower and 551 lb/ft of torque. But what happens when 556 and 551 just aren’t enough? Well, you turn up the heat and pack more performance. Hello Cadillac CTS-V Coupe "Martin V1000" by Martin Technologies!

Speaking of power, there’s a reason why this car was codenamed the ’Martin V1000.’ It’s powered by a 7.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces a mind-blowing 1,000 horsepower at 7,100 rpm and 900 lb/ft torque at 5,500 rpm, good enough figures to post a 0-60 mph time of just 3.5 seconds with a top speed that goes well north of 200 mph.

To go with all that unmistakable power, Martin Technologies made sure that the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe looked about as good as any car with that much power should. So they dressed up the CTS-V Coupe with a Martin Technologies-designed body kit that comprises of two rear pieces, two rockers, a front chin spoiler, a rear decklid spoiler, and a set of custom 22" three-piece custom wheels and tires.

With all these modifications in tow, it’s no wonder why the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe "Martin V1000" Edition is garnering so much attention. Awesome good looks notwithstanding, the car’s modified, 1,000 horsepower engine is enough reason to make clients reach for their checkbooks when they see the car at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.

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2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Race Car

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Race Car

Apparently owning a wagon over in Dubai is about as cool as doing the Irish Jig in a Hip Hop dance club, but two guys over in the Middle East are combating this ridiculous notion with a rendering of a CTS-V Wagon Racer. Yes, sadly, it’s just a rendering, but Lap 57’s Emirati race driver, Omran Al Owais, and his brother Mohammed are hoping these images will increase interest and gather up some sponsors to make this vehicle a reality.

The Cadillac wagon seen in these images actually belongs to the brothers and they hope to take them to Nurburgring to complete the next step towards possible production. Before that happens, though, the two brothers are looking for advice from some top tuners, including Hennessey Performance and D3, on how to make this happen.

Currently, the CTS-V wagon is still in standard form which means it is being powered by a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a total of 556 hp and 551 lb.-ft. of torque. We don’t expect to see many changes, but we imagine the changes actually made will resemble Cadillac’s adjustments to the CTS-V Coupe racer.

A CTS-V Wagon Racer is the dream car of Lap 57’s Emirati race driver Omran Al Owais who said: “We are hoping this fetish might catch on with other Emiratis and see them ditching their X6Ms and G55s, so that we start seeing serious girls on the road such as the RS6/E63 or the new exciting M5 Wagon. The streets of Jumeirah at night will never be the same.”

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2011 Cadilac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition V700 Sport Wagon by Hennessey

2011 Cadilac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition V700 Sport Wagon by Hennessey

Hennessey Performance is bringing a bit more class to their Cadillac CTS-V V700 package by dropping it into one of the rarest Cadillac CTS-V models ever: the Black Diamond Edition with a manual transmission. Now owners of the exclusive Black Diamond can also take part in the 707 HP madness that was provided to the standard model last year.

The Black Diamond CTS-V features a dark tri-coat paint an embedded with SpectraFlair Bright Silver pigment. This special pigment uses aluminum flakes encapsulated in a glass-like substance called magnesium fluoride. The result is a paint that has a diamond-like sparkle as light hits the surface from different angles. The special exterior paint is further highlighted by Satin Graphite 19-inch wheels with yellow Brembo brake calipers and a special Midnight Sapele wood trim.

The sparkling exterior of the Black Diamond makes it a hot commodity to begin with, but Hennessey’s V700 upgrade package causes the temperature to spike with 707 raging horses, up from the CTS-V’s standard 556 HP. For this increase, the Cadillac’s 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine was given a plethora of goodies, including an HPE Cold Air Induction System, supercharger pulley upgrade, intercooler heat exchanger upgrade, and a V700 camshaft upgrade. Other features include high flow cylinder heads, stainless steel long tube headers, high flow catalytic converters, and stainless steel mid-pipes.

With these additions, the Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond V700 can sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, make the quarter mile in 10.9 second at a speed of 128 mph, and will be capable of a top speed of 211 mph.

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Car Infographics: Obama's Cadillac One is a Tank!

Car Infographics: Obama’s Cadillac One is a Tank!

Aspiring presidential candidates are already busy gearing up for the 2012 elections with hopes of becoming the most powerful man in the U.S. It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it, and luckily they have a presidential limo that can withstand the job.

At first glance, the Cadillac One just looks like a modified Cadillac DTS, but General Motors did not actually assign the presidential state car a specific model name. This may be due to the fact that it carries many different components from many different GM models, including Cadillac Escalade headlights, side mirrors, and door handles; Cadillac STS sedan taillights and back up lights; and what looks to be the GMC Topkick commercial truck’s chassis and driveline. GM went through a lot of trouble building the perfect presidential vehicle, but what happens to the car after the base build is what makes it capable of keeping our president utterly and unbelievably safe.

For starters, the car’s chassis has a 5" reinforced steel plate that runs underneath the car in case a bomb finds its way there. Then the entire bodywork is a combination of dual hardness steel, aluminum, titanium, and ceramic which breaks up projectiles upon impact. The doors and gas tank are armour plated, but the gas tank also receives a specially designed foam that prevents it from exploding. The tires are Kevlar reinforced and are shred and puncture resistant. If anyone successfully tears them apart, the steel rims underneath the tires will allow them to get the Cadillac One to safety.

The Cadillac One also has a number of accessories that enable it to solve problems quicker than they come around, including night vision cameras, pump action shotguns, tear gas cannons, and blood. Yes, that’s right. The Cadillac One is equipped with bottles of the president’s blood just in case he gets hurt and needs a blood transfusion. Take that, suckers!

Check back with us soon to find more interesting tidbits as part of our Car Infographics series.

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2009 - 2011 Cadillac CTS-V650 Sport Wagon by Hennessey

2009 - 2011 Cadillac CTS-V650 Sport Wagon by Hennessey

The Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon is already a car that can get most enthusiasts drooling. Just about all of the boxes can get ticked off instantly with just a quick look. Luxurious leather interior? Check. Enough space to haul the wife, the kids, the dogs, and all of the useless knick-knacks they decided to bring on the family road trip? Check. A 556 HP supercharged, Corvette-sourced V8? Check.

For many enthusiasts, the Caddy wagon is just about all they could ask for in a car. Ludicrously fast, reasonably priced, and practical all at once. What more could they possibly want? Well, as Jeremy Clarkson would say, “MORE POWERRRRRRR!”

That’s right, folks. In true tuner fashion, Hennessey Performance near Houston, Texas decided that the CTS-V Sport Wagon needed just a tad more power.

More details on the Hennessey Cadillac CTS-V650 Sport Wagon after the jump.

UPDATE 05/07/2011: Here’s another tasty treat from the guys over at Hennessey. Their latest video for the CTS-V650 shows the Cadillac doing a few burnouts at Lonestar Motorsports Park. You may want to pump up the volume for this one.

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2007 - 2011 Cadillac Escalade by Hennessey

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.

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2011 Cadillac Escalade by Becker

2011 Cadillac Escalade by Becker

The Cadillac Escalade serves many purposes for the brand. For starters, it is their largest offering in the SUV segment and has become a best seller. Ever since it was first introduced as a meagerly disguised GMC Yukon the car has been a hit. It effectively saved the Cadillac brand in association with their razor edge styling that is now seen on all the models in the lineup. A favorite choice of celebrities, musicians, and athletes alike, the Escalade has become a status symbol and was immediately accepted by the “in crowd.”

As time has gone on the Escalade lineup has come to include three models with a pickup and extended wheelbase version being added. As the SUV market has been hit hard by the recession, the Escalade too suffered, but has remained alive. Its closest competition in nearly every aspect, the Lincoln Navigator, has struggled much more than the Cadillac and will cease production sooner rather than later.

Cadillac has been able to keep this vehicle moving forward, but some VIP clients still expect more. When a Range Rover is too small and a large scale van is not classy enough, Becker Automotive Design is there to take your Escalade to the next level. After this company gets done with their conversion, the Escalade has been transformed into a Gulfstream 5 for the road.

Hit the jump for more details on the Becker Escalade Conversion.

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2011 Cadillac CTS-V by Lingenfelter

2011 Cadillac CTS-V by Lingenfelter

In any body variation - sedan, coupe or sport wagon, the Cadillac CTS-V models are powered by a 6.2 liter supercharged V-8 engine that delivers a total of 556 HP and 551 lb.-ft. of torque. Impressive numbers for a Cadillac, no? But Lingenfelter already used us with providing impressive updates for models in GM’s line-up, and the same happened for the CTS-V. Their latest work can increase the V8 engine’s output to more than 700 HP.

In order to obtain this impressive update, Lingenfelter added GT9 ZR1 supercharger camshaft and Lingenfelter CNC ported LSA cylinder heads, Competition Cams valve springs, titanium retainers, 10 degree locks, Lingenfelter LS9 solid supercharger isolator coupling, port and polish supercharger snout, Lingenfelter air intake duct, K & N Air Filter, 63 lbs/hour fuel injectors, GM Head gaskets & head bolts, 2.55 inch diameter steel supercharger drive pulley, powder coated black and 8 rib serpentine belt.

For any package the tuner will also provide you chassis dyno testing before and after installation.

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2011 Cadillac CTS-V by Cam Shaft

2011 Cadillac CTS-V by Cam Shaft

German auto tuner and car wrap specialists, Cam Shaft, have taken a decidedly foreign approach on their next project. Instead of using one of the many local vehicles coming from BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and Porsche, Cam Shaft went for a car that calls the land on the other side of the pond its home: the high-powered, svelte-looking Cadillac CTS-V.

In getting the American sports sedan, Cam Shaft decided that upgrades were in order, especially to the CTS-V’s powertrain and exterior. So they went out and re-tooled as much as they could on the car, giving more power to a car that already has 564 ponies worth under its hood. In addition to the upgraded powerplant, Cam Shaft also set out to make the car stand out from other sports sedans, by wrapping the CTS-V’s exterior body in a matte white foil.

The result is a car that’s as stunning as it is powerful: a noteworthy combination of style and substance all rolled into one awesome package.

Details after the jump.

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