Not too long ago, the idea that a four-door luxury car would have the muscle to hang with a hardcore two-door sports coupe was, well, kinda silly. Now though, it doesn’t matter the wrapper – just about anything could be packing some serious firepower under the hood, especially if that anything is a Caddy V-Series modified and tuned by Hennessey Performance Engineering. Case in point – Hennessey’s Cadillac CTS-V, which takes on a stock Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE in the following drag race video.
First, let’s talk about the contenders. In the blue corner, we have the Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE, which arrives with 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque thanks to the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gas engine, not to mention a host of track-focused upgrades designed to make the it an absolute monster on the race track.
Stout stuff, but the four-door in the opposite corner has a leg up. Providing the go in the black Cadillac CTS-V is Hennessey’s outrageous HPE Supercharged Engine Upgrade, which tosses in things like a new high-flow blower, a custom cam, ported cylinder heads, long-tube headers, an upgraded valvetrain, a new intercooler, and a free-flow exhaust, all of which add up to a ridiculous 1,000 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 966 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm.
That’s a lot, regardless of the number of doors in question. According to Hennessey, the tuner’s top package helps the Cadillac CTS-V hit 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, stomping through the quarter mile in 10.1 seconds at 135 mph.
Of course, that doesn’t answer the question – how does this tuned Cadillac CTS-V handle the Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE? Well, to find that out, hit play on the video below, and don’t forget to crank up the volume to bask in all that glorious supercharged V8 goodness.