• Jan 8, 2009
Click above to enlarge the Henessey HPE700 Camaro

Following in the footsteps of such legendary Camaro tuners as Yenko Chevrolet, Hennessey Performance Engineering has unveiled the HPE700, which mates a standard 2010 Camaro SS with the supercharged LS9 V8 from the Corvette ZR1. As if that engine alone weren't enough, HPE has tuned the LS9 to produce 705 hp and 717 lb-ft torque. That should make for an awesome pavement pounder in the quarter-mile, or else a neat way to scorch the earth and create mushroom clouds of tire smoke.

Other performance goodies include 15-inch carbon ceramic brakes cribbed from the ZR1, upgraded suspension bits and HRE alloy rims shod with Michelin PS2 rubber. HPE chose not to leave well enough alone in the looks department, either. The HPE700 has inherited the controversial see-through hood from the ZR1, along with a body package that includes a full carbon fiber ground effects kit and a unique front fascia with faux-hideaway headlights and a billet aluminum grille. We like it, you may not.

The HPE700 is a lot of car, and to help drivers reign it in, a 1-day performance driving course is included in the asking price of $109,500. The first orders will be accepted next week to registered bidders at the Barret-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ with regular orders being taken the following week. See the rest of Hennessey's official details in the press release after the jump.

[Source: Hennessey Performance Engineering]


PRESS RELEASE:

HENNESSEY PERFORMANCE ENGINEERING ANNOUNCES LIMITED EDITION 705 HP LS9 POWERPLANT FOR THE 2010 CAMARO

Extreme Performance Makeover Transforms the 2010 Camaro from Muscle Car to Super Car!

SEALY, TX – Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE), well known for their extreme performance sports cars and muscle cars, announces their Limited Edition 2010 HPE700 Camaro.

At the heart of the beast is GM's new LS9 supercharged V8 tweaked as only HPE could to 705 horsepower and 717 lb-ft torque. To qualify as a supercar under the HPE banner it can't just go, it has to whoa. With optional 15 inch carbon brakes from the stunning new Corvette ZR1, light weight HRE wheels with Michelin PS2 tires and full suspension upgrades the HPE700 Camaro will be able to make full use of its new found power.

In addition to the power and handling upgrades., Hennessey will also be offering an exterior aerodynamics package to improve downforce at high speed. Penned by British designer, Steve Everitt, Hennessey's Cam-Aero ™ body upgrades include: Carbon fiber rear lip spoiler, carbon fiber side rocker panels, carbon fiber front splitter, front fascia with hideaway-look headlights and front billet grille. Completing the look of the HPE700 is a ZR1 inspired hood design with window showing off the Hennessey's tweaked LS9 powerplant.

"The HPE700 Camaro allows our customers to combine supercar power and performance with classic American muscle car looks in a modern, daily-drive usable sportscar with a backseat and a trunk!," said John Hennessey, President and CEO of Hennessey Performance Engineering. "We will be announcing other Hennessey turnkey vehicle packages for the 2010 Camaro in the near future along with an extensive list of aftermarket performance parts and accessories. But for now, the LS9-powered HPE700 Camaro, replete with ZR1 inspired looks and performance promises to be at the top of the American muscle car food chain later in 2009.

HPE700 buyers will also receive a 1-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.

Hennessey is offering the first HPE700 Camaros exclusively to registered bidders at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ. Orders can be placed at the Hennessey display at the show or by phone or email beginning Tuesday, January 13 through Sunday, January 18, 2009. On Monday, January 19, 2009 the HPE700 Camaro will be available to the general public and can be ordered from select Chevrolet dealers as well as directly from Hennessey Performance Engineering.

Base price for the 2010 HPE700 Camaro is $109,500.

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.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Ya i also hear about Hennessey HPE700, "Assuming the 2010 Chevy Camaro ever makes it to production, Hennessey is ready with a stonkin' 705 HP supercharged upgrade kit ready to hoover up $109,000".
      ===>> http://www.nopycars.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      Neat concept. Too bad John Hennessy is not the most honest businessman. Or has he shaken that reputation?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nope, he hasn't. You should see his "GT-R" package..
        It's a Cobb Access Port reflash with a HKS 570 kit he passes as his own.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looks Amazingggggggggg 700+ horseeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssss yahhh
        • 6 Years Ago
        VERY cool. This could be like the Yenko Camaros with 427s in them. THE BADDEST CAMARO EVER!


        But yeah, Hennessy is not all that great. His cars blow a lot too. I sent some of my cars to Jason Heffner to be done. He's a great guy to work with. I highly recommend him to anyone wanting to get more power form an already fast and expensive car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was talkin to Jinx. I agree with him- this looks an awful lot like his KITT Camaro he did months earlier.

        http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e103/jinxergt/jewelredz-1.jpg

        Looks like he's still crooked. Or always drinkin Hennessey.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you are 100% correct, the hennessey background is not as good as it could have been. just ask anyone in the VCA.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it looks good and is a pretty cool car, but I'd rather just have the real zr1.
      Which won't loose 35% of it's value once you get it home.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish they would ditch that hood.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hmmmm...
      very good looking

      http://www.jobstaxi.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Hennessey HPE700: bastard love child of Camaro SS and Corvette ZR1"

      It's not the car that deserves to be called a Bastard!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well done! Build the Mustang killer!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Personally i cant wait the the Henessey VOLT!
      he seems to be mucking with every car now
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thats a bargin!!! A tuned ZR1 engine in a Camaro body for the same price as the Vette. I like it.

      Also, DAAAAAMNN.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's wht I was thinking too.

        Odds are though, that price is on top of the Camaro you send them.

        Even so, that's still not too much more than you'd pay for the Vette.
        • 6 Years Ago
        thinking the same thing...

        the way I see it. ! base model Camaro with full interior upgrades.
        ls9 crate engine
        chevy parts the brakes

        you could do this yourself for 60k
        • 6 Years Ago
        Have you ever tried pricing Carbon ceramic brakes? That would be nearly half of your $60K right there.

        Check out this upgrade for the Audi R8, http://oempl.us/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=447

        I imagine the set used on the ZR1 that's from the Enzo and FXX is probably not much cheaper.

        The engine would then take up the remainder.

        Honestly, $109K plus the car is really starting to sound fairly reasonable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am not feeling that sissified blue thingy that runs from the front fender back to the door-handles. Otherwise: Daaaammnnn

      Make mine gunmetal grey.

      The Lexan sky-light looks better on the Camaro than it does on the Vette.
      • 6 Years Ago
      damn.
        • 6 Years Ago
        GADAYUUUUUMM!!!!!!!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        also say DDAAAAMMMMMNNNN!!!!. Extremely nice ride, BUT the 1st thing I do is get my heat gun out & remove that FUGLY blue accent stripe.

        Graphics are suppose to flow with the car's forms not ignore them. That LS9 badge comes off too... the ZR1 hood window tells you what is under the hood. + I like my cars to look stealth & not cluttered with "marketing dept." badging.
        • 6 Years Ago
        good thing im a registered bidder! booyahh

        wont be buying this beauty though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Slightly let down buy the name that's on it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That is a beautiful beast.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why has no one brought up the ironic fact that third party tuner models of this car are coming up before the car is actually on dealer lots.

      Has that whole 'interior component supplier' thing been resolved yet? Is the February 2009 manufacturing start date still on target?

      Are people going to be actually able to buy this car, or is GM going to go broke after March, when they go begging to the Government again?

      Isn't an LS9 3rd-party model jumping the gun a little bit?

      It would be ironic as hell if this car is built from a body-in-white, and it becomes available from a 'tuner', before GM actually get's it's rear in gear, and produces this car that has been mulled around for five long years, and now is coming into a rough market.
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