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

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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