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Hennessey CTS-V parked outside SEMA Show is 1,200 hp of luxury madness

Posted Nov 10th 2012 4:00PM


CTS-V's are already a force to be reckoned with. What happens when Hennessey gets their magical make-go-really-fast hands on it? This happens. There's not much out there that can make a CTS-V seem slow. The VR1200 makes most cars out the road seem slow. With a top speed of 389 km/h (242 mph) and the potential hit 320 km/h (200 mph) in the standing mile, this car is no joke.

At SEMA, 2012, we delightfully spotted this beast just basking in the sun like it was no big deal. We disagree, this car is kind of a big deal. This is the same car that did 355 km/h on a Texan highway.

Just to reiterate on how amazing this car is, here's the specs, again. The 2013 VR1200 Twin Turbo Coupe ditches the stock block and blower for a 7.0-litre lump and a pair of turbos. With innards like forged pistons, connecting rods and a forged crankshaft, the engine is good for 1,226 horsepower and 1,109 pound-feet of torque at the flywheel. The company says the finished product is basically a de-tuned version of the same beating heart that powers the Venom GT Hennessey also swapped the stock brakes for 15.1-inch carbon ceramic rotors front and rear pressed by eight-piston clamps at the bow and six-piston calipers on the stern. A slew of carbon fibre widebody pieces outside and a magnetic ride suspension tuned by none other than John Heinricy himself are just a few of the other upgrades. With a top speed of 389 km/h (242 mph), the two-door easily eclipses the stock CTS-V's 289 km/h (180 mph) v-max.

Big deal for real. Enjoy the photos.

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