The ink is still drying on the all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade sales
brochures, but that hasn't stopped Texas-based Hennessey Performance
(HPE) from leaping out of the gate with its own high-performance
Hennessey to Offer 557 HP Supercharged Engine Upgrade for 2015
Texas-tuned Caddy takes aim at AMG & Range Rover high-performance
Sealy, Texas-While Cadillac has reinvented the Escalade, the preferred
mount of rock stars, pro athletes and Hollywood's red carpet elite,
Hennessey Performance (HPE) has put in overtime developing a
supercharger upgrade for its new 6.2-liter direct-injected V8 engine.
It's all the better for sneaking up on the unsuspecting Mercedes GL63
AMG or Range Rover Sport...that is, until the roar of the exhaust and
subtle Hennessey branding give you away.
"Our HPE550 Supercharged Escalade is the perfect balance of
attitude, performance and luxury. It's fast and versatile, and proudly
American," said Hennessey CEO and partner Don Goldman.
The HPE550 package serves up a stout 557 bhp and 542 lb-ft of torque
from the belt-driven supercharger producing 6 psi of boost pressure,
gains of 32 percent and 18 percent, respectively, over stock. Extra
power is nothing without reliability, so an air-to-water intercooler
system keeps charge temperatures low, and Hennessey's recalibrated
engine management computer optimizes the air/fuel ratio throughout the
rev range. HPE is proud to back its HPE550 upgrade ($15,950 installed)
with a 3 year/36,000 mile powertrain warranty.
Further upgrades available include a set of lightweight Hennessey H10
forged monoblock wheels ($6950), whose 20-in. diameter accepts the
Escalade's factory tires. The H10 wheels' reduced rotating mass allows
even more power to reach the tires-less energy spent accelerating the
wheel means more energy pushing the vehicle down the road.
While the Escalade might be the most glamorous application for our
HPE550 upgrade, it's also available for other GM vehicles with the
6.2-liter DI V8. The list includes the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali,
2014-2015 GMC Sierra trucks, and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado trucks.
Complete turn-key Hennessey HPE550 vehicles can be ordered directly
through our authorized dealers, including Sewell and Hendrick.
"The new 2015 Cadillac Escalade is the perfect platform for a
Hennessey infusion of horsepower," said founder and president
John Hennessey. "It's luxurious, spacious and cries out for
personalization and more performance. I plan on making this our next
family hauler for our five teenagers and four Labrador
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