Preview: Hennessey V1000 Twin-Turbo based on Cadllac CTS-V Coupe

Article by Andrew Christian, on July 25, 2011

Tuning firm Hennessey designed a package for the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe that boosts its power but makes it lighter. Cadillac’s vehicles are known to be robust and hulking, but after Hennessey is done with the modifications, consumers will have to change their perception of the CTS-V Coupe (regarded as its “athlete” vehicle).

There would only be 12 units that will be built of the Cadillac CTS Hennessey V1000. Hennessey wants these vehicles to be “adrenaline pumps” and will be using a twin-turbocharged 427ci LS V8 engine. It has an output of 1000hp at 6.400rpm, enabling the car to accelerate from zero to 60mph in 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 230mph (370km/h).

Aside from the modifications to the GM V8, the clutch and brakes will be improved too. Hennessey built a widebody kit using carbon fiber that’s expected to decrease the weight of the Cadillac V coupe by 200 lbs (about 90 kg). It’s likely that the new version will feature several carbon fiber elements too.

Cadillac general manager Bryan Nesbitt described the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe as a marriage between the carmaker’s most potent and sophisticated technology and its most dramatic design – thereby resulting to a very compelling proposition for luxury sports car drivers. With production due to commence this summer, the new V-Series Coupe features a distinct grille that significantly enhances its air intake volume as well as a raised center section of the hood that allows better clearance for its supercharger engine.

It has also been given specific fascias both on the front and rear. Its dual-outlet exhaust system is located centrally inside the rear fascia, just like that of the Cadillac CTS Coupe. It boasts of a rear track that is around an inch wider than that on the CTS-V Sport Sedan, resulting to more imposing stance and improved handling capability. Specifically, the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe rides on 19-inch cast aluminum wheels -- painted or polished – wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 2 performance tires. With sleeker shape and slightly lower mass than that of the CTS-V Sport Sedan, the new CTS-V Series Coupe could eke out a similar level of performance.

As it is, the current CTS-V Sport Sedan is considered one of the highest performing luxury sedans in the world. In fact, it was the first production four-door on road tires to smash eight-minute hurdle at the Nürburgring circuit. Basically, the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe adheres to the “form follows function” philosophy – as the car’s technical precision and performance potential are clearly conveyed through its overall design. While the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe has a wheelbase that is as stretched as that of the CTS-V Sport Sedan, it is around two inches (51 mm) lower and two inches (51 mm) shorter.

Moreover, the CTS-V coupe and sport sedan feature the same headlamps, front fenders, grille instrument panel and console. Design-wise, the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe features signature vertical lighting as highlighted by LED light pipes, as well as signature center high-mounted stop lamp that also serves as a rear spoiler. It also boasts a classic hardtop styling with no conventional B-pillar. Fascinatingly, the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe has no conventional door handles, which were rendered useless by touch-pad operation. Aerodynamic roof-mounted antenna for OnStar and XM Satellite Radio are also specified for the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe.

While the V-Series has a very outstanding road-holding potential, it still features typical poise of a luxury car in conventional driving conditions – thanks to Cadillac’s so-called Magnetic Ride Control, which is considered the fastest-reacting suspension technology in the world. Installed as standard on the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, the Magnetic Ride Control employs shocks controlled by advanced magneto-rheological technology – instead of mechanical valves -- to offer unprecedented response time and precision.

Magnetic Ride also employs electronic sensors on all four wheels to "read the road" every millisecond, thereby continuously adjusting damping to offer instantaneous and exceptionally precise control of body motions. This means that the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe could remain composed during acceleration, hard cornering and braking. In addition, the Magnetic Ride shocks also allows for a wide range of damping control that smoothens the ride and handling in any driving condition.

Magnetic Ride offers two selectable modes -- Tour and Sport – that allow drivers to customize the suspension according to their needs. Aside from Magnetic Ride Control, the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is also provided with race-inspired Brembo brakes. It could be specified with an available automatic transmission with paddle-shift control. Meanwhile, the 2+2 cabin of the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe fuses luxury and performance and luxury. Customers may avail of the new Saffron interior trim color, which comes with contrasting microfiber seat inserts and stitching on the upper trim areas.

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