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The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is getting ready to take the stage at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, but John Hennessey and his band of tuners can't wait that long. Hennessey Performance has announced plans and specs for its upcoming, limited-edition 2011 Hennessey HPE700 Camaro Convertible.

HPE had a hit on its hands when it announced the 2010 HPE700 Camaro. That 725-horsepower coupe was limited to just 24 examples and they were all quickly spoken for. Since Chevrolet is bringing out the droptop Camaro, Hennessey has decided to produce another 24-car limited-edition run with the 2011 model. The 2011 Hennessey HPE700 will be available in both coupe and convertible form, and the cars stats are staggering.

The HPE700 ditches the LS3 mill found in the standard Camaro SS and in its place sticks the supercharged LS9 from the Corvette ZR1. Hennessey says the motor has been tweaked to produce 755 hp and 763 pound-feet of torque. The 6.2-liter V8 is able to hit those numbers thanks to revised boost levels and a more robust fuel system. Thanks to all that power, Hennessey has listed a 0-60 mph time of just 3.3 seconds. A trip down the quarter-mile happens in 10.9 seconds at 130 miles per hour. Those figures are for the hardtop version when fitted with optional Nitto drag radials.

It's not just a straight-line shooter though, as Hennessey adds more than power to its HPE700. The car is fitted with lightweight HPE wheels, 15-inch brakes with six-piston front calipers, larger sway bars and an adjustable coilover suspension setup. The exterior is fitted with numerous carbon fiber trim pieces. Inside, the HPE700 Camaro receives Hennessey logos on the headrests and floor mats, an HPE race shift knob and upgraded shifter, a numbered dash and hood plaque and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel.

Currently, there is no set allocation plan for the coupe and convertible in the 24-car run. Pricing has been set at a stout $132,500, but that includes the cost of the base vehicle. It also includes a one-day performance driving course at Lonestar Motorsports Park. The quarter-mile dragstrip, which has been featured in many of Hennessey's videos, is located next door to the company's production facility and showroom.

Full details can be found in the press release after the jump.

[Source: Hennessey]

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LS9-Powered Camaro Goes Topless

New 2011 Hennessey HPE700 Camaro Gets Convertible Option and 755 Horsepower

SEALY, TEXAS – With the limited production run of Hennessey's 2010 HPE700 Camaro long since sold-out, the company has announced they will build another 24 units for the 2011 model year. This latest run of HPE700's will include the addition of the new convertible model (from Chevrolet) and an increase in power from its supercharged 6.2L LS9 V8 – the same engine found in the Corvette ZR1.

The 2011 HPE700 gets its additional power from revised boost levels and a more robust fuel system, delivering 755 bhp and 763 lb-ft of torque. This 30 horsepower increase over 2010 will also help move the convertible's extra weight, while the large 15 inch brakes from last year remain to bring it back to a stop quickly.

As the Camaro convertible arrives in showrooms in the spring of 2011, the 6-speed manual SS model will become available alongside its hardtop brethren to become the basis for the HPE700 LS9 Camaro transformation.

HPE founder and president, John Hennessey said, "We have already sold a several of our 2011 HPE700's in hardtop form, increasing the potential for the convertible LS9 Camaro to become an even rarer option than before". "I expect that we will sell all 24 units just as we did in 2010. However this time we will probably sell-out even sooner as the convertible option will certainly be attractive – especially with 755 horsepower".

In addition to the upgraded LS9 engine, the HPE700 also includes an adjustable coilover suspension, larger sway bars, HPE lightweight wheels, larger 15-inch brakes with 6-piston front calipers, stainless steel long tube headers, painted hockey stripe, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, CarbonAero™ carbon fiber body kit and more to complete the car's distinct look and performance characteristics.

As with the 2010 model year, the 2011 HPE700 LS9 Camaro will be limited to just 24 units, with no set allocation between coupe and convertible. Pricing for the complete HPE700 upgrade, including the base vehicle, is $132,500 and can be ordered directly through HPE or one of Hennessey's authorized Chevrolet dealers.

2011 Hennessey HPE700 LS9 Camaro Specifications

• 755 bhp @ 6,400 rpm
• 763 lb-ft Torque @ 3,200 rpm

Performance (Hardtop):
• 0 - 60 mph: 3.3 sec. *
• 1/4 mile: 10.9 @ 130 mph *
• Skidpad: 1.01 g
• 60 - 0 mph braking: 104 ft.
Note: * with optional 305/35-20 Nitto Drag Radial Tires

2011 HPE700 Camaro Includes:
• Base 2011 Camaro SS with 6-speed Manual Transmission (convertible or hardtop)
• LS9 6.2 Liter Supercharged Engine with Intercooler
• HPE Cold Air Induction System
• Supercharger Pulley Upgrade
• High-Flow Fuel Injectors
• Fuel System Upgrade
• Intercooler System Upgrade
• CarbonAero ™ Bodywork: Front Spoiler, Rear Bumper Diffuser & Side Rocker Panels
• Long Tube Stainless Steel Headers
• HPE Extreme Duty Clutch & Flywheel Upgrade
• HPE Race Shift Knob and Shifter Upgrade
• HPE Light Weight Alloy Wheels
• 20 x 10.5 inch (rear); 20 x 9.5 inch (front)
• Pirelli P-Zero Tires, 275/35-YR20 (front); 305/35-YR20 (rear)
• Brembo Front Brake Upgrade: 6-Piston Calipers with Light Weight 15 inch Cross-Drilled Rotors
• Brembo Rear Brake Upgrade: 4-Piston Calipers with 14 inch Light Weight Rotors
• KW / HPE Variant 3 Adjustable Coil-Over Suspension Upgrade
• KW / HPE Front & Rear Sway Bar Upgrades
• Painted Hockey Stick Side Stripe with LS9 logo
• Hennessey Embroidered Head Rests & Floor Mats
• Limited Edition HPE700 Dash Plaque & Hood Plaque
• HPE700 & Hennessey Logos Painted on Rear Deck Lid
• Hennessey Letter of Authenticity
• HPE700 buyers will also receive a 1-day performance driving course at Lonestar Motorsports
Park – a 1/4 mile dragstrip facility located adjacent to Hennessey's 30,000 square foot production
facility and showroom.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Your right that will get you voted down, but it doesn't matter if he takes other engines, they build them all the same anyhow. The same parts, The same illegals with instruction booklets, The same everything. But this guy is making lots of money doing what he does, people obviously don't hate him. Yet people still feel the need to post on a Hennessey article nothing but trash. If you don't like him or what he does, then just pass the post. I guess that just seems WAY too easy.

      I think by now most people get tired of reading posts from bitchy little girls about how big of a con man John is. The auto industry is the same way is it not? They build a car for $10,000 and sell it for $25,000. Think about that!
        • 4 Years Ago
        My comment has nothing to do with the price. You are tired of hearing it from people like me, and I'm tired of Autoblog acting as if John is someone anyone (without doing research) should do business with. If you have done your research and read about what has happened, and still would do business with him, then more power to you.

        I'm not judging you, I'm judging the man and what he has said/done. I've been a daily here for years, but I don't comment on the articles. I don't beat a dead horse. But thank you for calling me a bitchy little girl for having an educated opinion. Also, you could just not comment about me, or would that be WAY to easy?
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL, or buy the real ZR1 for less. They are selling for around 112.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This should surprise no one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're right, and it doesn't.
      • 4 Years Ago
      yeah, a $133,000 camaro convertible. Good luck with that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing. So, why is this thing worth more than twice the price of a stock Camaro ragtop?
        • 4 Years Ago
        i was thinking the same. Although it looks pretty good and it has loads of power but its still a camaro

        they are only building 24 which sounds about right
        • 4 Years Ago
        Go price out a LS9 crate engine, then add in the cost of the suspension upgrades and the install cost and you'd be able to buy a 2nd Camaro for that price easily.

        Then account for the fact that it's built buy a renowned tuner and is also a limited edition and there you go.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nieman Marcus is upset that someone has a higher price-tag than theirs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the exterior of the new Camaro(not the inside tho) but this model is ugly. Those wheels are awful too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So when is Hennessey going to learn that you can buy a brand new 6.2L LS3, put forged internals in it (that can handle more power then the LS9's stock titanium parts) and slap almost the same blower on it for about half the cost of an LS9 crate?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ugly. This thing looks like a block. The half hockey stripe doesn't help either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty much tired of seeing auto websites post stories for this scum bag. A simple google search will show up he is a crook. Stop supporting his business.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know I'm going to get down rated for this, but here goes anyway.

      Autoblog is the first site I visit when I turn on my computer. As a car nut, it provides me with the fix I need multiple times a day. But, the more Hennessey articles they print, the more it makes me think they don't care about what really drives a car nut. All that matters is page views.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It IS a sweet looking ride in both color and appearance. I just wonder if this kind of thing is reaching the point where horsepower and torque figures are going beyond impressive and into the realm of silly? For moist locations, isn't this sort of like lugging around a gun that's too big to shoot anywhere?
      • 4 Years Ago
      As cool as a concept as it is, I would rather take my money elsewhere than to John Hennessey based on everything I've been hearing for several years.

      But...that LS9 is one hell of a piece of machinery. :)
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