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Video of the Day: Hennessey's 2017 Camaro ZL1 Exorcist Tops Out at 217 MPH

Video of the Day: Hennessey’s 2017 Camaro ZL1 Exorcist Tops Out at 217 MPH

1,000 horsepower gets this 4,100-pound car moving fast!

It’s been almost a year since Hennessey Performance debuted its Exorcist package for the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Originally billed as the ultimate competitor to the then-new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the Exorcist was designed to out-power the 840-horse monster of a Mopar.

While the pair hasn’t officially met on the drag strip yet, Hennessey has just proved the Exorcist’s top speed on the mile-long straight at Continental Tire’s Uvalde Proving Grounds. Turns out, the extra 350 horsepower delivers more top-end speed. Who knew?

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The 2019 Chevy Camaro Won't get a Seven-Speed Manual; Will Be Offered with 10-Speed Auto

The 2019 Chevy Camaro Won’t get a Seven-Speed Manual; Will Be Offered with 10-Speed Auto

Its six-speed manual will happily solider on, too

Chevrolet is preparing a mid-cycle refresh for its sixth-generation Camaro for 2019, but there appears to be confusion regarding its transmission options. In January 2018, a California Air Resource Board document was discovered by Auto Guide showing the presence of M6, M7, and SA8 transmission codes available for the upcoming Camaro. That indicated both a six-speed and seven-speed manual transmission as being offered, along with the familiar eight-speed automatic.

However, Chevrolet apparently rescinded the document in recent days and filed new paperwork that dropped the M7 code and added the SA10 designation.

That means Chevy is apparently foregoing the seven-speed manual for its new 10-speed automatic already used in the Camaro ZL1. That means a few things: One, this concerns only the Camaro SS, V-6, and turbo-four; two, that the six-speed manual will remain as the only manual gearbox option; and three, that Chevy is dropping the idea of the seven-speed manual for Camaro use.

Of course, we already had our doubts about the seven-speed working with the Camaro. See, Chevy’s seven-speed manual is exclusively used in the C7 Corvette Stingray – a vehicle that uses a torque tube and a rear-mounted transaxle. That means the Corvette’s transmission doesn’t bolt to the engine, but rather sits nearly between the rear tires and connects to the rear differential. Corvette does this for improved weight distribution. The Camaro, on the other hand, uses a more traditional driveline configuration with the gearbox mounted to the engine block. Reconfiguring the M7 for Camaro duty would involve extra engineering hours.

The 10-speed automatic, however, is already used on the Camaro and would easily work with the Camaro SS’ naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT1 V-8, along with the 3.6-liter V-6 and 2.0-liter turbo-four, as well.

So, while there was a glimmer of possibility for the Corvette’s seven-speed manual transmission in the 2019 Camaro, that hope is now gone. Its replacement, though, is far better. The 10-speed auto is a far smoother transmission than the eight-speed currently used in the Camaro. Combine that with the current six-speed manual that comes standard, and the 2019 Camaro will have two solid transmission choices that everyone should be happy with.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1

The beast in the metal, and now you can have it on your desktop too!

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Video: New Corvette ZR1 Proves Its Worth With New Lap Record At VIR

Video: New Corvette ZR1 Proves Its Worth With New Lap Record At VIR

Say hello to the fastest production ’Vette ever made

The ZR1 is a beast of a car, one which carries a reputation as a full-fledged track tool capable of slaying much more expensive machinery. Now, Chevy has the lap times to prove it thanks to a new fastest lap record at the Virginia International Raceway.

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Chevy Taking Aim at the Porsche 911 GT2 RS; Thinks Camaro Can Make Sub-7:00 Nurburgring Lap Time

Chevy Taking Aim at the Porsche 911 GT2 RS; Thinks Camaro Can Make Sub-7:00 Nurburgring Lap Time

The future’s looking for bright for the Bowtie’s resident pony car

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS remains the only rear-wheel drive car to post a sub-seven-minute lap time around the Nurburgring. It could soon have company, though, if the Chevrolet Camaro has something to do about it. Chevrolet is setting lofty goals for future variations of its resident car, including becoming only the second rear-wheel-drive car to break the seven-minute barrier around the Nordschleife.

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First-Production Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Fetches $925,000 at Barrett-Jackson Auction

First-Production Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Fetches $925,000 at Barrett-Jackson Auction

We barely missed on our prediction!

The first-production Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, a.k.a. the fastest and most powerful Corvette in history, went up for auction at the Barrett-Jackson event over the weekend. Based on how much previous first-production Corvettes fetched in similar auction settings — the first-production Corvette Z06, for example, sold for $800,000 — we expected the ‘Vette ZR1 to sell in the neighborhood of $1 million. It never reached that amount, but we were still pretty close because the first-production ZR1 sold for a whopping $925,000.

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Video of the Day: Watch Hennessey Turn a Stock 2018 Chevy Camaro ZL1 into the Exorcist!

Video of the Day: Watch Hennessey Turn a Stock 2018 Chevy Camaro ZL1 into the Exorcist!

This is how you turn an 840-horsepower beast into the devil’s muscle car

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Exorcist came into our lives in April 2017. It packed ungodly amounts of power under its hood, allowing it to hit speeds that the devil himself would be proud of. The sinful beast comes to us by way of Hennessey. To give us an idea of how it came to life, the American tuner has released a time-lapse video chronicling the creation of the Exorcist from its not-so-humble Camaro ZL1 roots.

To be clear, the Camaro ZL1 is potent in it of itself. It comes with a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that pumps out 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a tick over three seconds before hitting a top speed of 186 mph. Impressive, right?

Apparently, Hennessey shrugged its shoulders at the Camaro ZL1’s capabilities. Knowing it had something better to offer, the tuner decided to swap in a bigger supercharger compared to the stock unit. On top of that, Hennessey also installed a new camshaft, added long-tube headers, freed up the flow of air through the engine, and recalibrate the engine with some fancy computer work. The result is a car that saw its output increase to a demented 1,000 horsepower.

Turning a Camaro ZL1 into the Exorcist obviously takes time. That doesn’t appear to be the case in the time-lapse video, but judging by how many people came in and out of the shot and how many times the car was lifted, brought back to the ground, lifted again, and brought back down again, it’s safe to assume that the engineers over at Hennessey had their work cut out for them.

It all ends well, though, because the Camaro ZL1 Exorcist is madness personified.

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First Corvette ZR1 Heads to Auction Next to the First Ford GT to be Auctioned for Charity

First Corvette ZR1 Heads to Auction Next to the First Ford GT to be Auctioned for Charity

Two prized American performance cars will find new owners at the Barrett-Jackson auction

The first-production 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will go up for auction at Barrett Jackson’s 47th Annual Scottsdale Auction on January 20 at WestWorld Arena in Scottsdale, Arizona. Joining at as an auction headliner is a Ford GT that’s the first of its kind to be donated for a charity auction. You don’t need to tell me that bids are going to fly once these two prized exotics hit the stage. The only question is, “how much will each car fetch?”

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Genovation GXE, the Electric Corvette, Gets More Power for its Pre-Production Debut at CES

Genovation GXE, the Electric Corvette, Gets More Power for its Pre-Production Debut at CES

It’s now more powerful than the new ZR1!!!

Will wonders ever cease? It certainly doesn’t seem like it. Remember that electric Corvette from Genovation Cars that hit 200 mph in 2016 before being show off at Pebble Beach? Well, it will make another public appearance at the 2018 CES show in January, but this time with 800 horsepower and more than 700 pound-feet of torque on tap – figures that promise to push it to the 220-mph mark and all without the use of any dino juice… Oh, what a time to be alive.

Based on the C7 Corvette that’s about to be retired to make way for a new generation, the GXE was originally rated at just 492 kilowatts or around 660 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of twist. Those aren’t bad figures for an electric beast, that’s for sure. We’re not sure how Genovation did it, but it’s managed to provide the world with updated specs that now include an extra 140 ponies and at least 100 more pound-feet of torque. Those figures are pretty staggering, but even more so, when you consider the Corvette ZR1 delivers just 755 ponies and 715 pound-feet. Of course, this news also comes with more goodies too, including an updated specs sheet that promises a 60-mph sprint in less than three seconds and a top speed that peaks more than 220 mph.

There is a downfall, however, as that GXE Electric Vette won’t get you very far and you better not expect a fun day at the track. Despite the fact that battery technology is on the up and up, this baby only gets 130 miles or so from its 60-kWh battery pack, and there’s no word on charging time, either. So, when you shell out the $750,000 for one of those 75 models being created don’t expect to do a whole lot with it outside of some occasional playing or trotting back and forth around town.

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More CAD Images Show the Mid-Engined, C8 Corvette's Twin-Turbo, DOHC, LT7 in All its Digital Glory

More CAD Images Show the Mid-Engined, C8 Corvette’s Twin-Turbo, DOHC, LT7 in All its Digital Glory

Chevy Tries So Hard to Keep the C8 Mid-Engined Vette a Secret, and yet, here we are…

The last time we saw CAD images for the mid-engined, C8 Corvette, Chevy lost its mind, sending out letters that asked publications to remove the images and it even used the digital copyrights act to have the images removed from another publication’s Facebook page. What Chevy doesn’t realize is that the mid-engined beast we’ve all been waiting for is the world’s worst-kept secret and, as evidence, we’re looking at more CAD images right now. The thing is, however, that we’re looking at a completely different engine setup this time around. Keep reading to learn more about it.

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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 By Hennessey

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 By Hennessey

When a 755-horsepower Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 just isn’t powerful enough

The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever created. It has 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque on tap, and when used to its potential, it’s capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in a staggering 2.6 seconds. These numbers are more than enough to leave people breathless, but one tuning company isn’t impressed. Not one bit, actually. Welcome, then, to the world of Hennessey, where 755-horsepower cars are shrugged off in favor of tuned versions of the same car, dialed up to as much as 1,200 horsepower.

There’s nothing surprising or shocking about this because we’re talking about Hennessey. This is the same outfit that gave birth to the mental Venom GT. It’s also the same company that served up an even more monstrous follow-up in the Venom F5. Oh, and we can’t forget about its tuning programs. There’s been a lot of them. But now, it’s the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1’s turn in the spotlight, and in true Hennessey fashion, it doesn’t disappoint. Not by a long shot.

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Leaked CAD Images Show Off Parts of the Mid-Engined Corvette

Leaked CAD Images Show Off Parts of the Mid-Engined Corvette

The next-generation ’Vette just got a little bit more interesting

At first glance, they look like colorful spaceship renderings done by someone with far too much time on his hands. They’re not spaceships, though, because they’re actually CAD renderings of the next-generation engine that will be used on the new Chevrolet Corvette. I know, right? It’s not exactly the cleanest of presentations, but thanks to some expert sleuthing from members of Corvetteforum.com, they’ve uncovered what they believe to be the bones of the new powertrain.

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GM Parts Center Compares The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE To Santa's Sleigh

GM Parts Center Compares The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE To Santa’s Sleigh

One is for St. Nick, the other is for St. Hick – who will come out on top?

The weather is getting frosty, and Christmas is nearly upon us. But while the kiddos are eagerly awaiting the sound of reindeer hooves on the roof, folks like you and me tend to prefer the sound of internal combustion on the pavement. Thing is, no one has really done an in-depth comparison to find out which is best – Santa’s sleigh, or a fire-breathing sports car. Luckily, GM Parts Center is stepping up to answer this oft-asked question in the following comparison chart.

Take a gander, and you’ll find the usual specs lined-up side-by-side for quick assessment, including motive power, peak output, 0-to-60 mph times, top speed, and cargo space, among others. However, GM Parts Center doesn’t declare an outright winner, so we’ll leave that up to you after weighing the pros and cons of both vehicles.

Of course, we couldn’t help but chime in with our own observations as well, pointing out the most important differences we could find. For example, one is good for milk and cookies, the other is good for donuts. One requires a big white beard, the other requires a big mullet. One is preceded by the sound of jingle bells, the other by the sound of jingling shotgun shells. One is great for stuffing stockings, the other is great for stuffing your sister. Just kidding, Bow Tie fan boys!

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Hennessey is Ready to Tune the Hell Out of Your 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1

Hennessey is Ready to Tune the Hell Out of Your 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1

There are three programs to choose from. All of them are mental.

There’s something to be said for a Chevrolet Corvette that’s considered the fastest and most powerful of its kind that has ever been created. That’s the distinction the new Corvette ZR1 comes with. It has 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds. Those are impressive numbers, but not quite good enough for a company like Hennessey. The American tuning shop that’s responsible for some of the most extreme tuning programs in the business has developed not one, not two, but three programs for the Corvette ZR1, topping out with the HPE1200 kit. Care to venture a guess what the “1200” in that kit’s name means?

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