General Motors has more adaptable parts then a bin full of Legos. Hennessey Performance Engineering decided to give a little more speed to the Chevrolet Camaro. So it grabbed a Corvette ZR1 supercharged LS9 V8 off the shelf and stuffed it into a Camaro SS body.

It’s called the HPE700, and it puts out 705hp and 717lb-ft of torque (the ZR1 only makes 638 horsepower 595 lb.-ft. of torque.) What Hennessey has done in making the HPE700 surpassed a Camaro Z28. This is like a decedent of the ultra-rare 1969 Camaro ZL1 factory drag racer, which came with a 427 V8 that was actually rated around 500 hp.

The HPE700 comes with other performance as well such as 15-inch carbon ceramic brakes, suspension upgrades and Hennessey’s alloy wheels with Michelin PS2 tires. Although not a performance part, the car also gets the nifty see-through hood from the ZR1.

Like the Camaro ZL1, this speed doesn’t come cheap. Hennessey will build one for $109,500, but that also comes with a one day performance driving course to learn how to tame this beast.

Press release after the jump.



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.

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