Video: Hennessey V650 Wagon vs. Porsche 911 Turbo pits apples against (old) oranges
While the Nürburgring circuit seems to be today's venue of choice for sports car bragging rights, the drag strip remains king when it comes to acceleration contests. With that in mind, the folks over at Hennessey Performance have released a video of their latest hopped-up Cadillac V650 Wagon taking on Porsche's venerable 911 Turbo. As expected, the 650-horsepower "Family Station Wagon" nudges the lighter 480-horsepower "Germany's Finest" coupe for the win.
Wait a second.
The video clearly states the Porsche has a "Tiptronic" transmission. This means it is an older, pre-2010 model (note the lack of LED brake lights) that's missing the current lightning-fast dual-clutch PDK gearbox and standard limited-slip rear end. We don't know for sure, but it could even be an aged 2006 model. Thanks to launch control, today's standard 500-horsepower 997 Turbo does 0-60 in less than three seconds... easily. It is also disclosed that the V650 is riding on drag radials – a big advantage over street compounds on a well-used strip.
Nobody's downplaying the ferociousness of the blown wagon, and we welcome this type of challenge, but let's be sure to choose our words more carefully and keep the contestants in the same era. Follow the jump to watch the video.
[Source: Hennessey Performance]