Texas holds the excellent honor of playing host to the road with the highest speed limit in the US. It seems no coincidence, then, that the speed-hungry minds at Hennessey Performance call the Lone Star State home as well. Hennessey recently turned its attention to the freshly opened toll road SH130 for a quick sprint, and with the help of the Texas Departments of Transportation and Public Safety, driver Brian Smith ran the VR1200 all the way to 220.5 mph before running out of road. That's right, the wicked, much-modified Cadillac CTS-V Coupe actually had more left in its top end.

As you may recall, the VR1200 gets its grunt from a twin-turbocharged 7.0-liter V8 engine good for 1,226 horsepower and 1,109 pound-feet of torque. Hennessey paired that maniacal mill with a carbon fiber widebody kit and a set of carbon ceramic brakes, among other goodies, and the team says the VR1200 is good for a top speed of 242 mph. Check it out in action below.



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      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      holy cow! that's a beast.
      Dreez28
      • 2 Years Ago
      He was at REV Limiter...Give him another gear, that thing was still pulling like crazy. The only thing is, going beyond 220 in this car would be asking for trouble without serious aero and tire considerations. So I disagree, that's pretty special.
      Klep
      • 2 Years Ago
      The way it pulls from 120-160 is as impressive as the incredible noise as it blasts past in the opening shot.
      audisp0rta4
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's so annoying to hear people constantly b!tch about how John Hennessy robbed everyone. If anyone feels like they were robbed by Hennessy, they know exactly where to find the guy. It's not like he's hiding from anyone. I'm not defending him, I'm just sayin...
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @audisp0rta4
        This is actually one of the tamest Hennessey comment lists on AB, if you have read previous ones in recent months.
      Kuro Houou
      • 2 Years Ago
      That hood bulge is way to big, they didn't even need it that big, the engine isn't sticking up that high at all!
        Dreez28
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        The hood bulges up like that to make room for the angled heat extractor vents, which with twin turbos under the hood and 1200hp, there's gonna be some serious heat being generated. It's functional, and in my humble opinion makes it badass-lookin. Which if you're buying a car like this, you probably don't want it to look like just another CTS-V coupe. But I can understand how it's not a look for everyone.
      d.hollywood
      • 2 Years Ago
      Overkill with the blisters...and bulges...and gaps...and even the badges.Just let the performance do the talking.
      shawoo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the special thanks at the end of the video to all his past customers for their spare parts. LOL!!! j/k
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Patrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am so glad the CTS is around. Does Ford do this with their lux brand? I can't remember the lux brand for Ford............oh well who gives a ^*it.
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, the DPS let them run this on Texas 130? it must have been before they opened the new segment to the public
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