• Apr 13, 2011
Hennessey HPE1000 Cadillac Escalade vs. 2011 Nissan GT-R – Click above to watch video after the jump

The problem with being the standard-bearer for world-class performance is that you're saddled with the burden of defending your crown at every turn. Take the 2011 Nissan GT-R, for example. This vehicle has the proud distinction of offering one of the highest performance-per-dollar ratios of any car on the planet, and as such, it's the go-to challenger for any high-horsepower machine looking to make a name for itself.

Those would-be stars are typically low-slung tuner creations, but the team from Hennessey chose to line the big-bad Nissan up against something a little less traditional: its HPE1000 Cadillac Escalade. Whereas the 485-horsepower 2011 GT-R can dash to 60 mph in as little as 3.4 seconds, the big SUV packs two turbos, over 1,000 horsepower and 0-60 sprint of 3.3 seconds.

To be fair, the Godzilla in the video after the jump isn't the new-and-improved 2012 model (stop us if you've heard this one before...), and the Caddy gets a massive jump on the Nissan, but the fact that a 6,000-pound SUV can manage to keep up with anything from the GT-R bloodline is an impressive enough feat. Click past the jump to check it out for yourself, and remember to keep your fender-to-fender shenanigans off the street.

[Source: Hennessey via YouTube]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      I know which vehicule will leading after the 1st curve.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's nice that the Escalade beat the GT-R however, it is a STOCK 485 HP GT-R compared to a heavily modifide 1000 HP Escalade. If similar modifications were made to the GT-R the Escalade wouldn't stand a snowball's chance in hell against the Nissan.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok, so this Escalade has more than double the original power and only out-weighs the GT-R by approx. 40%. Is it REALLY a surprise that it ends up being quicker?
      This was a waste of time IMO.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ...so U take the same drag against the new GTR and they loos even whit 1000 hp ...what a crap
      • 3 Years Ago
      If anyone knows, I'd love to hear what maximum boost pressure is on that Escalade.
      • 3 Years Ago
      God, I'd hate to see the monthly gas bill for that beast!
      • 3 Years Ago
      How is this guy still in business?
        • 3 Years Ago
        By selling kits for over 70 different cars and running one of the fastest growing tuning schools in the nation.

        You do realize that there are people out there who have done worse businesswise than he did, right? There were only 3 cases against him and he paid all 3 of them back. I'm certain the Feds are watching him like a hawk just for the fact that this guy is one of the biggest tuners in the nation right now. So if he's done something since those lawsuits, I'm sure it would have already been brought to light.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So they don't mention how much the hennessey is, I am sure it is double the price of the GT-R. How is that big old 6,000 lb suv suppose to make it thru the corners like the GT-R does? Plus, that drag race totally shows the SUV take off first anyways, and such a small difference in time for more than twice the power.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not a very good drag race. It's obvious the two drivers didn't hit the throttle at the same time, and the driver of the GT-R obviously didn't use launch control, which is how the car's official 0-60 time was established... What mullet-rockin idiot thought this up anyway.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Spoken like folks that have never been in a. something exotic and b. something big and fast... Were are the, put a boat on both of them and see which handles the twisties better, silly... They drag raced, the burbon won... And drag racing is racing you silly 1320 haters... But you know what they say "haters gonna hate". Try gaining some perspective ladies.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone have anymore sand to fill up the bags.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yawn.
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