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Cadillac Escalade-V Visits Lone Star State To Get Bugatti Veyron-Rivaling Firepower

Hennessey has worked its magic again, this time on the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V. The high rider is not exactly what anyone would call underpowered, yet the Lone Star State tuner has given it a neck-snapping boost in performance, which has brought it into the hyper SUV category.
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According to Hennessey, the engine has received ported cylinder heads, upgraded valve springs, retainers, intake and exhaust valves, lifters and pushrods, high-flow catalytic converters, an auxiliary fuel system upgrade, a custom camshaft, and a high-flow air induction system.

Guaranteed by testing on the road and in the lab, the result is breathtaking, as the model now enjoys 1,005 hp (1,019 ps/750 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 882 lb-ft (1,196 Nm) of torque at 4,300 rpm. That's significantly more than the stock Cadillac Escalade-V, whose supercharged 6.2-liter V8 develops 682 hp (692 ps/503 kW) and 653 lb-ft (885 Nm).

Shared with the CT5-V Blackwing, the lump allows this big boy to hit 60 mph (97 kph) in just 4.4 seconds. Hennessey hasn't mentioned the new performance times of its tuned copy, though the sprint should take in the region of three and a half seconds. The stock Escalade-V needs less than thirteen seconds to deal with the quarter mile, and in this configuration, it is probably one or two seconds quicker.

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Photo: Hennessey
Save for the special exterior badging and a serial-numbered plaque in the engine bay, there is nothing that reveals the tuned nature of the tuner's ultra-powerful Cadillac Escalade-V. It retains the original looks inside and out, so you can imagine the surprise on people's faces when they'll see it in action. Fitting the H1000 package to this model will automatically grant it a Hennessey warranty of three years or 36,000 miles (57,936 km), whichever comes first.

As for the how much it costs part of the story, your guess is as good as ours, as the company based in Texas hasn't released it yet. Mind you, we're certain they will answer this question upon reaching out to them, so if you plan to add the H1000 goodies to your own Escalade-V, then feel free to drop a line below and tell us how much they are asking for it.

Meanwhile, we will remind you that a brand-new Cadillac Escalade-V will cost you a pretty penny, as GM's premium car marque is asking at least $152,295 for it, excluding destination, dealer fees, and options. Nonetheless, it does feature a lot of goodies as standard, from the 38-inch curved OLED display and premium audio from AKG to the head-up display, rear-seat entertainment system, night vision, augmented reality-enabled navigation, adaptive suspension, and a generous amount of safety systems.

The normal Cadillac Escalade has an MSRP of $80,795, and pricing for the Escalade IQ, aka the battery-electric derivative that shares nothing in common with the ICE-powered models, as it uses the same platform as the GMC Hummer EV, hasn't been announced yet, though it is estimated to start at approximately $130,000.
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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