For years, Cadillac has reveled in the attention and controversy that surrounds the Escalade. The 2015 model, which launches an all-new generation of the luxury SUV has already fired people up, but the latest announcement from Hennessey Performance will only fan the flames of controversy and pure lust. The Texas-based car tuner says that it has boosted performance by strapping on a supercharger that pushes 6 psi of pressure into the engine. The result is a top output of 557 horsepower and 542 lb.-ft. of torque. An air-to-water intercooler promises increased reliability.
Hennessey says that the new Escalade is “perfect” for tuning since it is big, luxurious, and comes with a big attitude. Normally the attitude enhancements for the Cadillac Escalade come in the form of large chrome spinner wheels. For performance enthusiasts, the modifications are better news than added chrome trim and a pearlized paint job for the SUV.
The base supercharger system will cost Escalade owners dearly at $15,950, meaning they will have to forego paying cash for a new subcompact. If the SUV is outfitted with 20-inch wheels, the system costs an additional $6,950. Hennessey does provide a 3 year, 36,000 mile powertrain warranty for the supercharger upgrade.
With the Hennessey supercharger installed, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade will get the kiddos to soccer practice much faster and will be more adept at surging forward to capture the best parking spots near the doors to Nordstrom’s. Interested parties will be able to purchase the supercharger kit and have it installed, or through authorized dealers they can purchase a turn-key vehicle with the system already installed.