• Apr 24, 2009

Hennessey Camaro #001: Click above for a high-res gallery

Hennessey has some interesting plans for the 2010 Camaro, including the supercharged, 562 horsepower HPE550. The aftermarket powerhouse has already taken delivery on its first 2010 model, an Inferno Orange SS model with a six-speed manual and 426 hp at its beck and call. Wait, make that 446, as Hennessey engineers have already tweaked the LS3 V8 to provide an additional 20 ponies.

Barely a day into Hennessey's ownership of the bow tie pony car, it was already at the track and ready to play. Hennessey took to the quarter mile with 6.2-liters of small block fury, and exited with a reasonably 13.6 @ 108 mph. The Camaro's 60 time was also registered at 5.2 seconds, even with an absolutely pedestrian jump out of the gates. Hennessey also mentions that they didn't even bother to let a bit of air out of the tires to increase the time, and we're guessing the time can be cut down considerably with a little practice. Hennessey is hoping to bring the HPE550 to 60 in 3.9 seconds, with a 11.9 second run in the quarter mile.

Hit the jump to check out Hennessey Camaro #001 for yourself. You'll see a nice-looking burnout to warm up the massive SS tires, followed by the glorious symphony that emanates from the tried-and-true small block Chevy V8.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      "Ah. Relief. Another Camaro story. My week is complete."
      "This car is ALMOST as hyped as the R35 GT-R."

      Based on this and similar whining, maybe you should be at one of these forums instead:

      • 5 Years Ago
      ANOTHER Hennessey blog this week, really??? Are you all on his payroll or what, because there is no way any car guy worth the air he breathes will have anything to do with this crook.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Every time AB runs a post about Hennessey 99% of the comments tear him to shreds by exposing his ethical deficiencies. It would seem then that these posts are rather poor advertising for him. Maybe that is AB's point.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So basically what you're saying is their test driver is crap, and we can comfortably knock half a second off any time they post? Gotcha.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sure does make it easier for them to advertise "after our mods we knocked almost a full second off our baseline". Doesn't it
      • 5 Years Ago
      im tired of looking at photos of this car.......

      The worst part is the more and more i look at it the more things im just not thrilled about. Good for Henessey, great for everyone that these things have FINALLY started rolling off the line
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm tired of reading these posts about people bitching about the car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why the F*CK is Autoblog still posting crap from John Hennessey?

      • 5 Years Ago
      You know, I've been reading that thread linked above (in the digg link). I kind of fear for Hennessey's life. After dealing with enough people who can just wire him $140k, he's bound to run into someone who's not going to be too happy about it and find...alternative methods of persuasion.

      Especially in Texas. (I'm from Texas, so I can say that.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thats pretty high trap speed for 13.6... seems like they could get high 12s with a good launch. Sweet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is ALMOST as hyped as the R35 GT-R.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So... how much does he pay you guys at Autoblog? He has to pay you something for yall to have your blinders on and keep posting crap about this worthless SOB..
      • 5 Years Ago
      The mags have been trapping 111mph with the SS so it is a 12 second capable car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny my fiance's 335ic in auto does that even better while she sipps on her latte.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Didn't the LS1 F-bodies run 13 flat as well? And still get 25-26 mpg hwy? Don't get me wrong though, this new car I'm sure is much more sophisticated, but still.
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