Thursday, January 8, 2009

New Reveal : Hennessey HPE700 Camaro

As the all-new Chevrolet Camaro will be out on the streets by February, lots of tuning companies will get their hands on it. And Hennessey is one of them.

Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) has just unveiled the HPE700, which shows the love between the Camaro and the LS9. That's right, Hennessey have mated a standard 2010 Camaro SS with the supercharged 6.2L LS9 V8 from the ZR-1. As if the engine wasn't enough, HPE have tuned the engine to give an output of an astonishing 705hp and 717lb-ft torque. That should make for a pretty smokey Camaro, that can run awesome quarter-miles at the drag-strip.

Other performance modifications include 15-inch carbon ceramic brakes cribbed from the ZR1, upgraded suspension, and HRE alloy rims rapped in Michelin PS2 rubber.

Ofcourse, for such tuned Camaro, Hennessey won't leave the looks alone. For starters, the HPE700 has the controversial see-through hood from the ZR-1. Along with a body package that includes a full carbon fiber ground effects kit and a unique front fascia with fake hide-away headlights, a billet aluminum grill, and a blue side graphic. We think it looks brutal, which is beautiful, while others may not.

The HPE700 is a lot of car, and a lot of money. Hennessey have priced this 700hp monster at $109,500. But with that, Hennessey offers a 1-day performance driving course to learn owners how to control all these horses. The first orders will be accepted next week to registered bidders at the Barret-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona with regular orders being taken the following week.

However, this is not the only muscle-car with 700hp. Steve's Saleen's new company, SMS Supercars, has just tuned their own Dodge Challenger. And they also gave it 700hp, with the 570X. However, while the Camaro costs over $100,000, the SMS 570X Challenger is $30,000 less, at $70,000. What we need now, is a tuned 700hp Mustang, then we could have a 700hp muscle-car shoot-out.

Source: [Hennessey Performance Engineering]

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