Think the Camaro ZL1 is nuts? Check this out.
Some say you can never have enough horsepower. This is absolutely true but one's budget is a key factor. You could, of course, buy a new muscle car directly from the factory and you'll easily have over 400 horsepower for less than $40,000. But, again, that's not always enough. Fortunately, the more you're willing to spend, the more power you'll get - even beyond what OEMs have to offer. And that's what Hennessey Performance counts on.
The Texas-based tuner has carved out a reputation for adding plenty of more power (and for building extreme hypercars) while still retaining the original styling without adding aerodynamic enhancements and the like. It's a winning formula that's been applied for years, including to the Chevy Camaro ZL1. Straight out of the box, the Camaro ZL1 has 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque but Hennessey has since worked its magic.
The ZL1 LE-based Camaro Exorcist earned its name because it was designed to counter the ultra-limited edition Dodge Demon. Exorcists eliminate Demons, after all. The result is a Camaro ZL1 with a new total of 1,000 hp and 966 lb-ft, thus beating the Demon's 808 hp and 717 lb-ft of twist. Zero to 60 mph now happens in less than 3 seconds and the quarter-mile sprint in less than 10 seconds.
This was accomplished thanks to a new and larger supercharger with 14 psi of boost pressure, new camshafts, long-tube stainless steel headers, ported factory cylinder heads, and a customized engine management system.
Hennessey has just released a new video showcasing the Camaro Exorcist's incredible sound as it rips around Hennessey's course. During this little spin, the driver managed a 0-60 mph time of 2.1 seconds, a quarter-mile of 9.57 seconds at 147 mph, and a top speed of 217 mph. Those are Demon-meeting and/or beating figures.
And, of course, you can't buy a new Demon anymore but Hennessey will gladly sell you a new Exorcist, though it'll cost you an additional $60k or so above the ZL1's $63,000 MSRP. To compare, the Demon was priced from about $85,000 and limited to 3,300 examples (3,000 of which were for the US). The Camaro Exorcist, however, is being capped at only 100 units.