• Apr 1st 2009 at 3:19PM
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Hennessey Chevrolet Camaro HPE550 - Click above for a high-res image

The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 may be stuck on an indefinite holding pattern, but Hennessey Performance is one of the first aftermarket firms to step up and fill the void between the base SS and Henessey's own 705-hp, ZR1-powered Camaro HPE700.

The Camaro HPE550 begins life as a standard SS model, and with the help of a Magnuson supercharger and a Corsa exhaust, the blown LS3 puts out 562 hp at 6,200 rpm and 557 lb-ft of torque beginning at 4,200 rpm. Hennessey is claiming a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds (down from five seconds on the standard model) and a quarter mile pass of 11.9 seconds at 119 mph.

The entire HPE550 package, which also includes high-flow fuel injectors, an aero package and aluminum wheels, will set you back $24,950 plus shipping uninstalled, or $31,000 installed, not including the cost of the donor car. If that's not enough, you can send your new SS to Hennessey for the aforementioned HPE700 package, or go completely nuts with either the 850 hp or 1,000 hp twin turbo setup that will set you back $54,500 or $59,500, respectively – again, not including the cost of the stock Camaro SS. All the details are in the press release below the fold.

PRESS RELEASE

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.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      That price is absurd. Especially when you can get a GT500 for substantially less.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Care to 'splain yourself sir? Where's the proof. Links or it isn't true.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why'd you guys delete that guy's comment? Now mine is just hanging there not making any sense and stuff.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I know how you feel that's happened to me before
      • 6 Years Ago
      Inb4 Trishield says he'll buy one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Tough for the tuning company. If you live in texas everything is okay. But if you send anything to Hennessey make sure you stay at the hotel next door and check up daily, take pictures everyday and step of the project until the project is done.

      Otherwise you could end up in a really tough position.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The upgrade seems pricy... but the ZR1 wheels look killer on the Camaro!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Even after all that scratch, it is still a Camaro at the end of the day.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "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

      Too bad it's going to cost $15,000 more. For that amount of money, that GT500 just became a whole lot faster.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, considering you can buy an MP1900 from Magnacharger, or from a Magnacharger dealer for ~$6,500-$7,000 (full cost of kit) and install it yourself....


        Then find a nice set of rims that YOU like. I'd say total cost of about $8k-$9k for a "DIY" and you're at the same point as this package by Hennessey.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Serge

        Take a look at the market already made for the 'Vette and G8 GXP, as well as the new Camaro.

        If I bought an MP1900 package from, say, Livernois, and asked them to install it, I think it runs around $10k installed with tuning. That's pretty good, and it leaves you to find a Pedders package for your car for much less than the $24k premium hennessey wants.

      • 6 Years Ago
      How is it that GM can build the whole damn car for less than this tuner charges to simply hot-rod it? Crazy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        and aftermarket parts usualy cost more to produce.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Think about that for a while.

        Tuners have to buy the car for the market price. Then they have to rip out perfectly good factory pieces and replace them with new stuff, which costs both for the parts themselves and for the labor to install. Finally, they have to mark the final product up a bit so they can have their own profit.

        The factory gets to skip all that and build it the way they want the first time using the same process as any other model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The car that still isn't!

      That is an 'effing rendering of a car, not a real car. Another example of how seriously screwed up GM and those who choose to dance with GM are.

      Reality anybody?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Way too much money for what it is.

      Donor car + the cost of those packages means I could have had a MUCH better car for the money.

      For his 1000 HP package... is that 60K on top of the price of the donor car? For that kind of money - why not just buy a ZR-1, or a 911 Turbo? At least that way you would get your car on time and not have to worry if you are ever going to see your money again.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Jeff Johnson 4:27PM (4/01/2009)

        Way too much money for what it is.

        Donor car + the cost of those packages means I could have had a MUCH better car for the money.

        For his 1000 HP package... is that 60K on top of the price of the donor car? For that kind of money - why not just buy a ZR-1, or a 911 Turbo? At least that way you would get your car on time and not have to worry if you are ever going to see your money again.

        It's not the cost that matters to some people, it's the car they want, so they will pay for it, regardless if there are other cars for the same amount of money or less.
        It's a choice people make everyday.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So if you hand them your stock Camaro, do they give you the gutted parts after they transformed it?

      Do you get the engine back etc? One could sell it and get some money back.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hah, with that guy, you'll be lucky to get back anything at all.
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