A 6,000-pound SUV beating a 650-horsepower
pony sports car in a straight line, from a standstill. That’s not something you see every day – or ever, really.
To be fair, the SUV in question is a Cadillac Escalade that’s been equipped with the HPE800 package by Hennessey Performance. That means it has a 416-cubic-inch stroker motor fitted with a 2.9-liter supercharger. The combination allows the Escalade to sprint from 0 to 60 in just 3.7 seconds and zip through the quarter-mile in an impressive 11.7 seconds.
We’re going to assume that the Escalade in this video is quipped with the optional four-wheel-drive system, as there seems to be virtually no wheelspin when the SUV launches down the strip at Hennessey’s proving grounds.
Oh yeah, and that car in the left lane that gets walked: that’s a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, if you hadn’t noticed. That’s the most capable factory Camaro ever made getting shown up by a big, burly SUV. If the Camaro ever wants a rematch, it might be prudent to have Hennessey’s 1,000-horsepower “Exorcist” package installed.
To see a stock Camaro ZL1 1LE get served by the Escalade HPE800, click play on the video below.