Hennessey Performance is a well-known purveyor of potent domestic machinery, having cooked up habañero-level packages for the Viper, Corvette, Camaro, F-150 Raptor, and the Cadillac CTS-V. The latter uses a twin-turbocharged 7.0-liter V-8 to produce upward of 1000 hp, reportedly enough to propel the Caddy to over 200 mph. But what would be an effective larger-than-life, Texas-sized way to show the car’s potential?
Of course, horsepower isn’t the only thing they do big in Texas. The state gained notoriety recently for being the first to have a public highway with a posted 85 mph speed limit. The SH130 toll road between Austin and San Antonio is yours to drive your Cadillac or any other vehicle at that brisk clip for around $6.00 to drive the full 40+ mile length.
To inaugurate the opening of the road, Hennessey attempted to set a new speed record for a Cadillac CTS-V on a public road. Obviously, for the safety of fellow motorists, the feat was performed before the road was officially open to the public. In far less than one minute, you can see the speedy Cadillac CTS-V coupe accelerating from a dead stop to over 200 mph in less than a minute, up to a terminal velocity of 220.5 mph. Now that it’s open to the public, we suggest you not follow suit, unless you’re curious about the inner workings of Texas’ correctional system.