Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE), the tuning company behind the Venom GT that packs a top speed of over 270 miles per hours (432 kilometers per hour), has added the already powerful 2016 Cadillac CTS-V in the stable of cars it can modify for limited run for mind-blowing performance.
The off-the-shelf 2016 Cadillac CTS-V already boasts of 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque from a 6.2-liter V8 engine that makes the four-door rocket reach 60 mph (96 kph) in 3.7 seconds a top speed of 200 mph (320 kph). A compact four-lobe Eaton supercharger works hand-in-hand with Active Fuel Management to make the CTS-V a real high-performance car.
But with modifications from Hennessey, the 2016 CTS-V’s engine can crank out from 750 hp to 1,000 hp, making it one of the most powerful modified roadcars on the streets and highways. Three tuning choices are available: HPE1000 for 1,000 hp; HPE750 for 750 hp; and HPE800 for 800 hp.
The CTS-V HPE1000 showcases Hennessey’s expertise in tuning and modifying vehicles, particularly the engines, in coming up with a package that truly packs performance beyond the ordinary.
The HPE1000 does away with the standard supercharger found in the stock 2016 CTS-V to give way for twin turbochargers. To make the engine handle the boost of the twin turbochargers, it also gets upgrades like forged pistons, rods and crankshaft, a custom cam, ported cylinder heads, fuel system upgrades, an electronic boost controller, an air-to-air intercooler, a stainless steel exhaust and engine calibration courtesy of Hennessey.
The brakes of the HPE1000 are carbon-ceramic while lightweight wheels with wider high-performance tires are fitted. On the outside, the HPE1000, HPE800 and HPE750 will all get body kits to give them a more distinctive look from the standard 2016 CTS-V.
During a much-publicized run in a closed public road, the first HPE1000 reached 220 mph (352 kph) and HPE founder John Hennessey said 240 mph (384 kph) is possible.
“[The HPE1000] was still pulling on when we ran out of road. I believe that our 2016 twin-turbo CTS-V will have a top speed approaching 240 mph,” he said in a statement.
The HPE1000 will cost $159,000 and HPE plans to limit its production to just 24 units. A one-year/12,000-mile warranty will be standard for every HPE1000 and reservations can be made through hennesseyperformance.com.
The HPE1000 like the HPE800 and HPE750 still retains the standard 8-speed automatic transmission (AT) from the unmodified CTS-V. The AT has a Launch Control with magnesium paddle shifters to assure more spirited driving.
Another standard feature of the 2016 CTS-V is the Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) that adjusts to surface conditions at a rate of 1,000 times a second. Once the CTS-V reaches 60 mph, the MRC calculates the optimal damping force to ensure optimum performance handling.
The hpe800 and hpe750
Although the HPE750 and HPE800 have less power than the HPE1000, they nonetheless have significant modifications to their engines and are more powerful than the standard 2016 CTS-V.
The 800-hp HPE800 retains the Eaton supercharger installed in the factory but gets the following engine modifications: Hennessey pulley upgrade; high-flow cylinder heads; intercooler heat exchanger upgrade; Custom HPE Camshaft; and HPE Engine Management Calibration.
The HPE800 comes with three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty. Also offered as optional upgrades for the HPE800 are a stainless steel exhaust system and Hennessey H10 monoblock wheels.
Meanwhile, the HPE750 gets the following upgrades: Hennessey pulley upgrade; high-flow air induction system; long-tube stainless steel headers; stainless steel midpipes; high-flow catalytic converters; and HPE Engine Management Calibration.
Optional upgrades include Hennessey Carbon Fiber Door Sill Plates and Hennessey H10 Monoblock Wheels. The HPE750 also comes with three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty.
HPE has been modifying and tuning the variants of the Cadillac CTS-V but before the HPE1000, the highest package it offered was good enough for 750 hp.
The Texas-based tuning firm modifies mostly American cars and the current Nissan GTR. It also has 1,000-hp modification packages for three other cars: Ford GT, Dodge Viper and the GTR.