LAS VEGAS -- What’s the fastest you’ve ever traveled on a highway? Ever hit 200 mph? How about 220.5 mph?
That’s how fast auto tuner Hennessey Performance Engineering's heavily modified, turbocharged 2012 Cadillac CTS-V moved down Texas State Highway 130.
The company said it performed the run last week while the highway was closed. Hennessey said Texas officials allowed the car to run up to such blistering speeds to help validate state camera and radar systems.
The car, dubbed 2013 VR1200 Twin Turbo Coupe, is the latest from Hennessey -- the Sealy, Texas-based auto tuning company that modifies and creates high-powered cars. The souped-up Cadillac made its public debut Tuesday at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show.
Hennessey swapped out the Caddy’s stock supercharged 6.2 liter V-8 engine and instead installed a twin turbocharged 7.0 liter V-8 engine. With the upgrade, the company says the car kicks out more than 1,226 horsepower.