John Hennessey recently returned to the Texas Mile with his 700-horsepower Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon for another shot at high-speed glory. The long-roof rocket managed to clip off a top speed of 189.7 miles per hour in the standing mile, which beat out last year's figure by a safe margin.

That speed is certainly a feather worth sticking in the Hammer Wagon's cap, but it may not be the most impressive part of this story. Hennessey didn't trailer the CTS-V Sport Wagon to the track. Instead, the builder drove the car to the event, made his full-speed run, topped off the tank with pump gas and headed 175 miles home.

Could this be the perfect vehicle? We certainly hold a special place in our hearts for the stock CTS-V Sportwagon, and Hennessey's efforts with the platform have made the vehicle no less desirable. Hit the jump to check out a video of the Texas Mile run for yourself.



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      • 3 Years Ago
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        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well, most suburbanites don't. They think they are being creative, tough, sophisticated, and innovative by buying SUVs.
      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      And in comes the "Hennessey is a crook" and "Hennessey pays AB to advertise"...
        q3a7vodk4
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        How does a niche builder get so many articles here?
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @q3a7vodk4
          Because like his cars, Hennessey does stuff at a fast pace. He doesn't waste time in doing what he does.
        XT6Wagon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        well given that he has been caught selling off customers property and not installing ordered and paid for parts.... I guess that makes him a saint. Oh and most (all) of his advertised HP numbers never being close to reality.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @XT6Wagon
          He WAS caught, not has been. By the way, where's the proof that his horsepower numbers aren't close to the advertised numbers? Are you going by chassis dyno numbers compared to the crank horsepower that EVERY manufacturer and tuner goes by?
      Wolf
      • 3 Years Ago
      I personally have a massive amount of respect for anyone who builds a vehicle that can drive to its competition and then drive on back home. To me, that is far more challenging than to just build a purpose built vehicle that is only good at one thing.
      john m
      • 3 Years Ago
      AWESOME! He must have soupped up the defroster too because that windshield was defogged pdq!
        Rayvan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @john m
        On GM cars the AC compressor runs with the defog. Takes all the moisture out of the air. That's about how quick my G8 clears it's windows.
          tabsaweigh
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rayvan
          All cars with AC do that. It's an extremely efficient method to clear the glass.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rayvan
          tabsaweigh, no, they don't. Some cars have heated rear windows.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      A special place in your heart for the stock CTS-V Sportwagon? Did you know there's a regular CTS Sportwagon too? It has over 300HP. No slouch.
      carfan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ricers you better throw away your chopsticks and start learning how to eat with a fork and knife...the Cadillac is on the entree menu for a long time to come.
      kontroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      with or without hennessey this is one of the most awesome cars out there at this time and for a long tome to come. Damn those who say that cadillac is for the "baby boomer" generation...this Cadillac and the ATSnd CTS in all forms an shapes is for my generation!!!!
      Renaurd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice little vehicle to own if the kids are running late for school.
      The Hamster
      • 3 Years Ago
      "...and headed 175 miles home." He made the trip in less than an hour.
      Jeff Crowell
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmmm, might I suggest using the V Wagon to trailer something that can't drive 175 street miles because it's boosted to hell, Mile 'em both, then proceed to reap more automotive glory.....
      Georgie Porgie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Impressive wagon, and even though I've been down the 1/4 mile a couple times myself, I can't help but stop laughing at the lack of any drama inside the cockpit. While its exhilarating accelerating and hitting a top speed so fast, it also looks borring. For the same reason we like to poke fun at NASCAR, but now with even one less direction to turn. As amazing as this Cadiwagon is ( and it is very ), I'd still rather own a Caterham for the actual driving experience.
        Danaon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Georgie Porgie
        Win/win then, get a regular CTS wagon and a Caterham for the same as what the V would cost!
      citidriver
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the sound, the power; Hennesey does good good stuff. I have a wagon (V70R), I love wagons and I love V8's, but man, that thing is ugly, most of Cadillac folded paper theme looks over 10 years old. The polar opposite of Bangle but equally unattractive. It's an amazing powertrain in a box that's all. I would definitely love to drive it, but I wouldn't want to call it mine.
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @citidriver
        I like the looks myself. Both the wagon and the sedan. I hate the coupe though. A 6speed manual wagon would be my choice.
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