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Quick Spin: Hennessey V700 is crazy, fast [w/video]

There are two kinds of people in the world. The first kind drives Cadillac's supercharged CTS-V, experiences the thrill of 556 horsepower paired with 551 pound-feet of torque and declares, "This thing is a monster. This is the fastest, most incredible American performance sedan ever made." Then you have the other type of person, the kind that takes the 4,300-pound CTS-V to 60 miles per hour in just over four seconds, runs the quarter-mile in 12.5 seconds at 115 mph and says, "Meh." Should you fall into that second category, John Hennessey has got a car for you. John's calling it the... Read More

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    Hennessey previews limited edition 1,000-horsepower CTS-V Coupe
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    Last year, we sampled Hennessey's 700 horsepower version of the Cadillac CTS-V, and quite frankly, it frightened us. As Jonny Lieberman said at the time, "we simply weren't prepared for the fury of the V700." Of course, adding a little under 150 horsepower to the CTS-V is just getting started for Hennessey. The Texas tuner has just released a preview of ...

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    Video: Hennessey Venom makes great night light when being dyno'd
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    This is Venom chassis #4 doing its best to light up our lives while pulling a dyno run. On low boost, Hennessey's new supercar is good for 813 rear-wheel horsepower, and its 6.2-liter twin-turbo V8 can pull that off with nothing but a healthy glow to show for it (ladies like this don't sweat). It can also spit fire.

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    Video: Hennessey's 650-hp Cadillac CTS-V Wagon does what it does best
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    And now for something completely awesome: the 2010 Hennessey V650 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon doing terrible things to expensive tires. John Hennessey's love affair with all things Cadillac is no secret; his wife's daily driver is an HPE700-equipped CTS-V sedan. We've also seen Mr. Hennessey's insatiable lust for showing off his cars embarrassing more ...

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    Video: Hennessey supercharges Hemi-powered Ram
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    The lunatics in John Hennessey's Texas hoon asylum have run amok yet again, this time bolting a supercharger to a Hemi-packing four-door Ram 1500. The result is a 500-hp mulch hauler that will get you and your whole weekend DIY crew to Lowe's and back faster than a leaky water heater can flood your basement. The power boost comes courtesy of the ...

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    Video: Hennessey beats 2011 Nissan GT-R again, this time with twin-turbo Escalade
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    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 ...

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    Pics Aplenty: Hennessey Venom GT Chassis #03 dressed up in red
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    We've seen the silver-colored Hennessey Venom GT chassis number 01 out running about, and now, the tuning company has decided to show off its bright red chassis number 03. The 1,200-horsepower supercar can ran from 0-60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds and has an estimated top speed of 267 mph. We've stared at it, heard it, seen it belch fire on the dyno, ...

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    Video: Hennessey pits Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon against last year's Nissan GT-R
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    Hennessey is once again bringing its super station wagon out to the drag strip. The Texas tuner has taken Cadillac's 556-horsepower fast family-hauler and tweaked it so that the 6.2-liter V8 now produces 650 hp. We previously showed you how it fared against an (outdated) Porsche 911 Turbo, and now Hennessey has brought the CTS-V Sport Wagon back to the ...

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    Video: Hennessey releases 602-hp Camaro HPE600 Convertible
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    If for some strange reason you find that the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible SS doesn't quite pack the punch you need, Hennessey has you covered. The Texas tuner has officially pulled the sheets back on the very first example of the company's HPE600 Camaro Convertible, complete with a walloping 602 horsepower. That's a full 172 ponies more than the most ...

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    Video: Hennessey V650 Wagon vs. Porsche 911 Turbo pits apples against (old) oranges
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    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 ...

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    Video: Hennessey Venom GT rocks the dyno, spits fire
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    The Hennessey Venom GT is a beastly two-seater that produces as much power as a small sun. An LS9, taken from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, is massaged to produce an astonishing 933 horsepower and 874 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. If those numbers don't scare you, we're guessing you're probably a naval aviator who is used to seeing the bright ...

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    Video: Hennessey Venom GT visits Jay Leno's Garage
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    In his quest to get his mitts on every piece of covetable sheetmetal on the planet, Jay Leno has just had a Hennessey Venom GT in his modest little garage. With 1,200 horsepower packed into a lightweight chassis supplied by the gurus at Lotus, the machine is what our supercar dreams would be made of – if only we took LSD before bed. John Hennessey, ...

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    Video: Hennessey Venom GT clears its pipes ahead of SEMA debut
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    It may look like a steroid-fueled Lotus Elise that's had a few too many trips to the gym – and we truly mean that in the very best way possible – but this latest video proves there's no mistaking the fact that it ain't powered by no wimpy four-cylinder engine sourced from Toyota. Yes, of course we already knew that the Hennessey Venom GT is ...

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    Hennessey building ZR1-powered HPE700 Chevy Camaro Convertible
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    The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is getting ready to take the stage at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, but John Hennessey and his band of tuners can't wait that long. Hennessey Performance has announced plans and specs for its upcoming, limited-edition 2011 Hennessey HPE700 Camaro Convertible. HPE had a hit on its hands when it announced the 2010 ...

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    Video: Hennessey runs its "Coupe DeThrill" down the quarter-mile
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    We think the 304 horsepower Cadillac CTS Coupe is pretty cool and the 556 hp CTS-V Coupe is an outright badass. The power pundits at Hennessey think any car or truck could use a little more oomph than it leaves the factory with. John Hennessey's crew has massaged the blown LSA motor under the two-door Caddy's bulging hood and the results scream for ...

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    Hennessey VelociRaptor APV is the Raptor-based SUV of our dreams
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    Hennessey has just pulled back the sheets on what can only be described as a raging pile of awesome – the VelociRaptor APV. It can seat up to eight, packs a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 good for a galloping 575 horsepower and if its anything like its pickup cousin, can leap small villages in a single bound. Apparently it can also withstand small-arms ...

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    2011 Hennessey Venom GT glamor shots prove poison can be very pretty
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    Hennessey has already divulged practically every piece of information we want to know about its 2011 Venom GT supercar. It's built on a heavily molested Lotus Elise chassis and driven by one of three versions of the 6.2-liter LS9 V8 used in the Corvette ZR1. The base model is supercharged and produces 725 horsepower and 741 pound-feet of torque. The ...

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    Video: Hennessey Venom GT dyno'd at 933 RWHP
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    By now we should all know that Hennessey isn't the kind of vaporware tuner that throws out a rendering, some wild projected power numbers and then drops off the face of the planet, but that didn't stop us from being skeptical when the Texas-based tuner/builder rolled out plans for its Venom GT. Originally, the car was supposed to get its power from a ...

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    Video: Hennessey builds twin-turbo Camaro with 847 rwhp
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    How much horsepower is enough? Many would say that the 725 horsepower in the Hennessey HPE700 Camaro should have enough oomph to quell just about anyone's desires for straight line speed, especially for a street car. Then again, we're talking about a car built by John Hennessey, who surely spends every waking minute concocting ideas on how to get every ...

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    Video: Hennessey gets Ford's SVT Raptor 6.2-liter rippin' on a dyno
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    The 6.2-liter V8-powered Ford F-150 SVT Raptor went on sale less than two weeks ago and Ford tells us that it already has 3,000 orders signed, sealed and awaiting delivery. While that would spell disaster for the Blue Oval if we were talking about the run-of-the-mill F-150, we're talking about a purpose-built performance truck brandishing Fox shocks and ...

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    Video: Hennessey Venom GT blasts through Merry Ol' England
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    By all accounts, the Hennessey Venom GT is an all-new level of bat-guano crazy. When everyone's favorite Texas tuner announced that it would be creating a hand-crafted, mid-engine terror, we all knew it was going to be special, even if our feeble little minds couldn't quite comprehend just how incredible the car would be. Now that the covers are off and ...

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