Caddy whack: 389 km/h beast is world's fastest family car

Simon Garner, Y! Autos
Yahoo! Autos Canada

This hyper-tuned Cadillac has been revealed as the world’s fastest family car--with a top speed of 389 km/h (242 mph).

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The incredible CTS-V will outsprint any Lamborghini, Ferrari or Porsche ever built with only a handful of supercars quicker.

It is the work of Texan tuner John Hennessey - who saw a recent claim made by the boss of Bugatti as a challenge.

CEO Wolfgang Durheimer said Bugatti's forthcoming Galibier model will be the fastest four-seater in the world, capable of more than 378 km/h

So Hennessey, who runs Hennessey Performance, shoehorned a 7-litre V8 engine and twin turbochargers under the bonnet of the Cadillac.

He also fitted a number of modifications so the humble American car can cope with the engine's titanic 1,244bhp and 1,109lb/ft of torque.

The result is a madcap motor which will accelerate from 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 389 km/h.

Only a handful of million-pound motors are capable of topping this speed but the tuned Cadillac is available as a four-seat coupe, saloon and even an estate.

John said: "I’ve owned several Cadillac CTS-Vs over the past few years, all of them modified to 700bhp.

"But I wanted to build something really special and much more powerful.

"Bugatti seems to be hinting that their upcoming sedan will be the 'fastest four-seater' in the world and faster than any tuner car.

"We'd be glad to bring one of our VR1200 Twin Turbos to the VW test track at Ehra-Lessien to see which one is faster."

The Hennessey-tuned Cadillac CTS-V will be limited to just 12 models and cost around $300,000.

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