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Hennessey Performance CTS-V wagon breaks its own record at the Texas Mile

Tue, 25 Oct 2011

Everything's bigger in Texas, and it appears everything's faster, too.

John Hennessey and his company, Hennessey Performance, brought its tuned-up, 707-hp Cadillac CTS-V wagon--a.k.a., the Hammer Wagon--to the Texas Mile and posted a one-mile speed of 189.7 mph, a new record for the car.

And that wasn't even terminal velocity, according to Hennessey. On a longer run the wagon can hit 211 mph. The company is quick to point out, however, that the record was broken with a six-speed manual transmission, running on a prepped track with optional drag radial tires. Impressive nonetheless. Same goes for the 0-to-60-mph time of 3.2 seconds and a quarter-mile in 10.9 seconds.

All of that track-burning goodness comes courtesy of the V700 package that Hennessey offers for the CTS-V. It includes a cold-air induction system, a supercharger pulley upgrade, a V700 camshaft, a high-flow exhaust and HPE engine-management calibration. Unique badges, floor mats, headrests and serial-numbered dash plaques are also added.

If 707 hp isn't enough, Hennessey Performance has the V800 and V1000 packages, which offer 800 hp and 1,000 hp, respectively. Both of the packages add twin-turbochargers while the V1000 upgrade comes with a new engine. Both require the installation of a new clutch or torque converter to handle the power.

The packages aren't inexpensive: In addition to the cost of a CTS-V or a CTS-V wagon, the V700 will set you back $19,950 with installation. The V800 is $45,000, and the top-of-the-line V1000 will cost you $75,000.

By Jake Lingeman