We’ve been here hundreds of times. Oh look, it’s a souped up SUV versus a genuine sports car, thinking it can keep up with the latter. Most of the times, it ends up in tears for the SUV, doesn’t it?
Well, let’s hold our horses a bit on this particular occasion. Sure, the Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE is a powerhouse, with 650 horses and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque , but its opponent here looks really scary on paper.
This Cadillac Escalade though is fitted with Hennessey’s HPE800 tune, which cranks things up to 805 horses and 827 lb-ft (1,121 Nm) of torque in supercharged fashion. That’s an extraordinary amount of muscle, even for a vehicle this heavy.
Now you’re probably thinking that we’re building up the Escalade HPE800 only to watch it fail spectacularly on the drag strip.
Well, if the two raced on a track with twisty bits in-between straights, the Caddy would get embarrassed. However, this was a straight line battle, so you might be surprised by how things turned out.