Published September 07, 2012
Because a 190 mph Cadillac isn’t fast enough.
Texas tuning house Hennessey Performance has announced plans to offer a modified Cadillac CTS-V Coupe with an estimated top speed of 242 mph.
The two-ton VR1200 Twin Turbo coupe can reach this epic speed thanks to a 7.0-liter V8 engine with the aforementioned boosters good for 1226 hp and 1,109 lb-ft of torque.
If that’s a little overboard for your morning commute, the car offers settings of just 1,000 or 800 hp.
In any event, expect to be on a first name basis with your local gas station owner. You may put his kids through college.
Six-speed manual an automatic transmissions are available – the latter a $20,000 custom unit. Hennessey says it will accelerate to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, cover a quarter mile in 10.2 and break 200 mph in the standing mile.
The brakes and suspension have been upgraded in an attempt to keep up with the car’s newfound prowess, its magnetic ride control dampers retuned by former GM chief test driver John Heinricy, who developed the factory version of the CTS-V.
And, just so everyone knows not to mess with you, the body has been festooned with properly evil-looking carbon fiber additions, including a front splitter that could be used as thresher and a hood extractor that looks like it could move as much air as a nuclear power plant cooling tower.
The price is $295,000, low by 242 mph car standards with its value enhanced by a very limited run of just 12 cars, which means it’s unlikely that you’ll ever see another one coming.
Then again, with the kind of speed this car is capable of, you probably wouldn’t see it coming anyway.