Sure, General Motors is going through some tough times (undisputed master of understatement right here), but if the General doesn’t deliver a Z28 version of the new Camaro sometime soon, it’s not going to have any buyers left – they’ll have all bought Hennessy’s new Camaro HPE550.
While Hennessy’s Camaro HPE700 makes a goodly 525kW (700hp), it will also set buyers back a not-so-goodly AU$154,000. The HPE550 promises to be a little more affordable and almost as much fun.
With 420kW (562hp) up its arches, the Hennessy Camaro HPE550 will still be one of the most powerful cars on the road, and for US$31,000 installed (you supply the car, of course), it’s a right bargain.
The Camaro HPE550 achieves its monstrous power-figure courtesy of a Magnuson supercharger and Corsa exhaust strapped to the LS3 in the standard Camaro SS, making a ridiculous 755Nm (557lb-ft) of torque on top of those 420 killer wasps.
US owners can look forward to 0-100km times of about four seconds – a full second off the regular SS – and an 11.9 second run to 400 metres.
Of course, if you’re loaded, you can skip right past the HPE550, and even past the HPE700, as there are 635kW (850hp) and 745kW (1000hp) twin-turbo setups on offer from Hennessy as well.
HENNESSEY PERFORMANCE ENGINEERING ANNOUNCES LIMITED EDITION 562 HP HIGH PERFORMANCE PACKAGE FOR THE 2010 CAMARO
SEALY, TX – Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE), well known for their extreme performance sports cars and muscle cars, announces their Limited Edition 2010 HPE550 Camaro.
At the heart of the beast is a supercharger system added atop the LS3 V8 making 6 psi boost combined with a Corsa stainless steel exhaust system and custom engine management calibration from HPE.
This upgrade system results in 562 bhp and 557 lb-ft torque. Rounding out the package, HPE adds a set of light weight 20 inch wheels, Hennessey's Cam-Aero ™ body upgrades include: Rear lip spoiler, carbon side rocker panels and front splitter, Hennessey graphics package and premium floor mats.
Hennessey plans to offer up to 500 units for the 2010 model year. Each HPE550 will come with its own unique serial number which will be displayed on a plaque located on the dash and under the hood. Other options available from HPE include:
Larger brakes, suspension upgrades, upgraded interiors along with larger wheels and tires. HPE will also be offering more powerful engine upgrades including twin turbo systems producing up to 1000 hp.
HPE is also offering a modified version of the LS9 motor which currently powers the 638 bhp Corvette ZR1. The company has been testing their 705 bhp variant of the LS9 since February using retired GM engineer and racer, John Heinricy as their development engineer and test driver. Heinricy recently drove Hennessey's ZR1 at the Texas Mile to a record setting speed of 196.7 mph in the standing mile.
"The HPE550 upgrade package gives 2010 Camaro owners the kind of power they are going to want, especially when they roll up on a Shelby GT500 Mustang", said John Hennessey, President and CEO of Hennessey Performance Engineering.
"We will also be offering an extensive list of aftermarket performance parts and accessories for the 2010 Camaro. From mild to wild, new Camaro owners will be able to order air induction systems, exhaust and header systems as well as supercharger systems, suspension kits and more.
HPE550 buyers will also receive a 1/2-day performance driving course at Lonestar Motorsports Park – a ¼ mile dragstrip facility located adjacent to Hennessey's 24,000 square foot production facility and showroom.
The HPE550 Camaro is available from select Chevrolet dealers as well as directly from Hennessey Performance Engineering. Production will begin in May, 2009 and orders are now being taken.
Located just west of Houston Texas at the Lonestar Motorsports Park complex, HPE has been building American supercars for nearly two decades with its Veyron-beating Venom Vipers, Ford GT's and recently released Dodge Challengers.