Watch A Hennessey Cadillac Escalade Show A Ferrari 488 What Power Is All About

What do you do if you want a big, practical, and luxurious SUV which offers supercar levels of straight-line performance?

There are a few options. For starters, you could pick up a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and proceed to race supercars off the lights or at a drag strip. Alternatively, you could make a visit to a local Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, or Audi (among others) dealership and buy a fast, albeit expensive, European SUV.

But there is one more option and it involves buying a Cadillac Escalade and sending it to Texas tuning company Hennessey Performance for some comprehensive modifications.

Also Read: See A Wrecked Ferrari 488 Spider From Copart Get Rebuilt

Hennessey is no stranger to building crazed SUVs and its Escalade HPE800 is one of their meanest. As the name implies, the vehicle pumps out 805 hp and 812 lb-ft (1100 Nm) after a series of modifications. This results in an acceleration time of zero to 60 mph (100 km/h) in as little as 3.7 seconds and in the right conditions, actually beat a Ferrari 488 GTB off the line.

The Texas tuner put the Escalade and 488 alongside each other for a pair of races down its drag strip. In both of the races, the Cadillac accelerated off the line quicker than the Italian exotic but by the time the Cadillac hit 60 or 70 mph, the Ferrari was able to catch up and edge ahead.

Of course, a souped-up SUV and a Ferrari appeal to different people and it’s not really fair to compare a modified vehicle with a stock one. Nevertheless, it is pretty cool to see how much of a sleeper the Escalade can be turned into.


  • Kevin Cagle

    That is just an insane SUV.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Might be fast, but it is the gaudiest piece of trash to grace asphalt.

    • S Zuniga

      Just admit that it’s a beast.

  • Wasn’t there something similar done before? Ferrari vs Truck? In 1991?

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