• Nov 4, 2009
Hennessey HPE700 Camaro - Click above for high-res image gallery

We like subtle and we like power. But at SEMA the two are usually mutually exclusive. Usually. After laying eyes and hands all over the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro HPE700 LS9 and talking at length with John Hennessey, we think we've found our favorite Chevy of the show.

We've been covering its development from the beginning, so just a quick recap: After moving a few vacuum lines, fabricating a custom header and spending three months working out the wiring, Hennessey and his crew shoehorned the Corvette ZR1's supercharged LS9 into the engine bay, fitted a new intercooler and pulleys and tuned the Camaro to 725 hp (at 6,400 RPM) and 741 lb-ft of torque (at 3,200 RPM).

According to the man behind the machine, the HEP700 is putting out 651 hp and around 650 lb-ft of torque to the wheels on a Dynojet, good for a 0-60 MPH time of 3.5 seconds and a quarter mile sprint of 11.3 seconds at 126 MPH. And the mods didn't end with the engine. A set of KW V3s are fitted at all four corners and coupled with the 20-inch wheels with 275/35 (front) and 305/35 (rear) rubber, contributes to a claimed skid pad of 1.01g. Six-pot Brembos clamp onto 15.1-inch discs in front, while 14.1-inch rear rotors are squeezed by four-piston calipers, helping the HPE700 stop from 60 in 104 feet.

If you're aching to get your hands on one of the 24 ZR1-powered Camaros, you'd better drop a dime post haste -- there are only five remaining, each carrying a price tag of $119,500.



Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Talking at length=swinging from his nuts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      WHERE THE HELL IS MY HOOD WINDOW.

      I was under the impression that this would have a hood window....crap :
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was gonna "lol" until I realized the hood came stock...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Forget the hood window that looks like its my hood!... HENNESSEYYYYYY!!!!!!!!

      • 5 Years Ago
      Kind of a cool concept but...from an A-HOLE tuner company. I would rather have a Lingenfelter car anyday over this. I will take quality engineering and a warranty to boot over this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh wow how rare! ANOTHER Camaro concept. Regardless, it looks nice (still appears huge for a coupe), awesome motor but 100k? I think the smart money would have someone like Trepanier or Posie's make them something original for that kind of coin.

      What happened to innovation at SEMA? Did Chevy buy everyone out or are they running a buy one get one free special? It's starting to look like a bad episode of Unique. Hopefully the upcoming Riddler will show some creativity.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why is everyone hating on the amount of Camaros, the Challenger had alot last year, and the Mustang will have alot like always.
      • 5 Years Ago
      sooooooo wat ur saying is pretty much a limitied edition zr-1...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Love the car, hate the tuner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't turn a Homaro into a house wife
      • 5 Years Ago
      so who do the parts actually belong to?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Boooooo Hennessey!

      Now we have Damon Lavrinc from Autoblog posting for Hennessey along with Drew Phillips, Jeremy Korzeniewski, John Neff, Jonathon Ramsey, ... pretty much all of Autoblog is doing Hennessey's bidding! These people will simply tell you they're just doing their jobs but they are really doing a huge disservice to all Autoblog readers by making us potential victims of fraud.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And thankfully ROB, they don't listen to you and the others that have never even seen a Hennessy car in person, let alone owned one.

        BTW, there aren't "hundreds" dissing every post. Stop exaggerating. It's the same handful of crybabies.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "potential victims of fraud."

        Get real. Like you or 99% of the people reading here can afford one of these cars. I will likely never buy his product even if I could afford one, but I don't mind taking a look at the specs and pics.

        Not one person whining here about Hennessey is reporting any first hand knowledge, it's all recycled internet forum stories.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "...the 24 ZR1-powered Camaros..."

      That description is probably not too far off....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Can't you buy that as a crate motor?
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL. I can just see those 24 vettes, gutted and left by the side of the road.

        Tis truly sad.

        And there is at least one awesome victimless LS9 powered Camaro at SEMA "ZR1 Camaro"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy Christ, a muscle car that quotes skidpad numbers. That's miles more impressive than the power it makes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      22,800 for the LS9 motor at summit racing. So we're paying an additional 50-70k for a motor drop, body kit and a paint job? Oh wait no, its all about exclusivity right? Rubish...If we are going to get tons of coverage on these worn out domestics, can we get a few more foreign cars in addition?
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