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GMA Recaps D3’s SEMA Cars

The good folks over at GM Authority have a quick recap of the 6 Cadillac’s that D3 brought to this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Of interest is one of the first body kits for the new ATS. There had been rumors of a tuned ATS for this year’s show from D3…but it turns out we have to make due with a body kit, wheels, and some very mild air-intake work.

This was still a ‘get noticed’ offering from D3 – but now we have to wait and see what they manage to do to the newest Cadillac in the coming year.

In the meantime, take a look to see what D3 has available for the CTS-V and even the SRX.


Hennessey Takes His 1200hp CTS-V to 220.5mph on a Texas Highway

John Hennessey is certainly not one to shy away from self promotion – but this is just fun.

In conjunction with the State of Texas (yep, a fully sanctioned stunt at that), the good folks at Hennessey – in the guise of ‘testing’ the Texas Highway Patrol speed cameras as well as the toll system that snaps a picture of license plates at ultra-high speeds – took a 1200+ hp, twin-turbo CTS-V Coupe to 220.5 mph.

Hennessey stated that they could have hit 230 with another mile of highway, but they didn’t have enough road dedicated to this endeavor.

Take a peek at the run in the video below:

Tuner Day – D3 CTS-V Coupes Having Fun

We opened the day with Hennessey’s taking up a challenge from Bugatti with their VR1200 tuned CTS-V. Now we see the folks at D3 having some tire-smoking fun with a pair of coupes.

IndyCar Driver J.R. Hildebrand & Formula Drift Driver Tyler McQuarrie. You can imagine given McQuarrie’s involvement what this video is all about.


Then, per the fine folks at Jalopnik, they found a video made by a passer-by of the video being made and the insane brave gentleman who was filming in the middle of it all.


Hennessey Takes Up Bugatti’s Challenge

When speaking to Car and Driver recently, head of Bugatti Wolfgang Dürheimer stated that their upcoming Galibier ultra-sedan is to be the fastest product on the market, production or tuner.

Well, that perked up the ears of a little tuner named Hennessey.

He’s come out saying that he will transport his latest monster to take that challenge if the VW-owned company would name the time and place.

Why do we care? Because the vehicle he wants to pitch against the, as yet untested Bugatti, is the VR1200 package equipped CTS-V. Packing a solid 1226hp and 1198 lb*ft, he is confident that he has the faster car.

At the very least, he’s using Herr Dürheimer’s bluster to get some press for his tuned Cadillac business.

Promotional video on the VR1200 below:


Automobile Magazine Drives Hennessey’s V700 Wagon

How wonderful a world do we live in where you can buy a 556hp supercharged V-8 station wagon?  That it is available with a manual and from Cadillac is just icing on the cake.

But, no matter how wonderful our world, there will always be some people that see a need to go further.  In this case, we have the madmen at Hennessey that have taken the CTS-V wagon and taking it from insane to stark raving mad.

Badged the V700, this is arguably a 700hp tune of the V-wagon.  And, while Hennessey isn’t inviting the Caddy Edge over for a spin around the block, they did let the scribes at Automobile Magazine behind the wheel and even let them place it on a dyno for verification.

The results?  V700 is likely putting out most practically 800hp at the crank (almost 700 at the wheels) – all before engaging their test car’s nitrous system.

While under their care, they also took the car to the drag strip and managed at least one 10-second pass at 126mph.

What a wonderful world, indeed.

Source: Automobile

D3 Planning Hotrod ATS

Jalopnik is reporting that GM and tuner D3 are working together to build a hot-rod ATS. We don’t yet know anything specific about what will be under the hood, but we expect to see it this year. An obvious place to debut this would be the SEMA show in November.

It would be interesting and fairly unprecedented for GM to show off any new power train, such as the expected forced induction V-6 from the ATS-V. However, if we were betting, we’d expect a highly tuned version of the 2.0 Turbo packing well north of 300hp.

Now we wait.


Hennessey tuned CTS-V Sport Wagon beating Porsche 911 Turbo

Hennessey has put their v650 tuned CTS-V Sport Wagon up against a stock 911 Turbo (both with automatic transmissions). The v650 is on racing tires, but still, at 1000 lbs heavier than the Porsche and with rear vs. all-wheel drive, beating the Porsche with an 11.7 (vs 11.8) second time is damn impressive.


Source: Hennessey Performance

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