Hennessey’s latest creation is built to cast out the demon.
The American tuner isn’t even waiting for Dodge to properly unveil the Challenger SRT Demon before introducing The Exorcist. Based on the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, power from the V8 engine has been increased to a ridiculous 1,000-horsepower figure with 966 pound-feet of torque. That means at least on paper, the Exorcist will almost certainly have the Demon beat no matter what Dodge ends up rolling out.
The power increase comes from a larger, higher flowing supercharger and intercooler system, producing 14 psi of boost pressure. The forced induction system is paired with an upgraded engine featuring ported cylinder heads, camshaft upgrade, long-tube stainless steel headers, high-flow air induction system and custom engine management calibration. The Exorcist is available for both the six-speed manual and 10-speed automatic Camaro ZL1.
The turnkey vehicle can be ordered directly from Chevrolet dealers and current Camaro ZL1 owners can send their vehicles to HPE for the conversion. The 1,000-hp engine upgrade and graphics costs $55,000 and includes a limited two-year, 24,000-mile warranty. Automatic-equipped vehicles will require an upgraded transmission at the cost of $9,950. There is also an optional drag pack that includes a pair of 20-inch wheels with 315/30/20 Nitto drag radial tires, drive shaft upgrade, floor jack and tool kit for $8,995. Lastly, an optional road race pack features a set of 20-inch lightweight Hennessey wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires for $6,995.
“Equipped with rear drag radial tires, The Exorcist will deliver 0-60 mph times under 3 seconds while running the ¼ mile in less than 10 seconds,” said company founder and president, John Hennessey. “However, THE EXORCIST is not just a ¼ mile racer. It’s a well-rounded super muscle car that is just as happy on a road course as it is on the dragstrip and street. Needless to say, this will leave the competition’s heads spinning.”
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