Cadillac Escalade HPE800 Takes On Ferrari 488 GTB: Video

This Is No Ordinary Escalade

Just about every car enthusiast in the world is familiar with the Fast and Furious scene where Paul Walker’s character Brian Spilner asks a Ferrari 355 owner what the “retail is” on his car whilst at a stoplight. Smugly, the Ferrari owner replies “more than you can afford pal, Ferrari,” leaving Spilner no choice but to roast him in a drag race in his recently built 10-second Toyota Supra.

It’s a tacky scene that has aged poorly, but we can all relate to the feeling of satisfaction one would have if they beat a smug supercar owner in their significantly less expensive vehicle.

This drag race between a stock Ferrari 488 GTB and one of Hennessey’s 800 horsepower Cadillac Escalade builds reminded us of this scene. While the tuning company organized this race for our entertainment, we imagine the eventual owner of the massively powerful Escalade will have a ton of fun surprising supercars owners at the stoplight with the SUV.

Check out the drag race in the video embedded above.

The Cadillac Escalade became an instant hit when it hit the market in 1998. Over time, the Escalade has become bigger, more opulent, and more unique from its Chevrolet and GMC platform mates. The 2020 Cadillac Escalade is right around the corner, and we can expect further evolutions (not revolutions) when it comes to luxury, technology, and content.

That said, one model that has been notably absent from the lineup is a Cadillac Escalade V-Series, or Escalade Blackwing if we want to look at Cadillac’s future direction. But Cadillac’s apprehension to offer a super fast full-size SUV at least helps keep the aftermarket interesting. In the future, however, that may not be the case. That is, unless tuning companies can find a way to bypass the incredibly robust cybersecurity measures of GM’s Global B electronic architecture.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.


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