The Chevy Camaro ZL1 is a mean piece of hardware straight out of the box. With 650-retina flattening horsepower and just as much torque, the ZL1 is a magnificent performer. If that doesn’t trip your trigger, if you feel the need for a bit more speed, and your checkbook allows it, then you can call Hennessey Performance Engineering in Sealy, Texas, for Camaro ZL1 transmogrification into a beast called The Exorcist (Exorcists are for ridding oneself of Demons).
A Camaro ZL1 Exorcist is changed from stock in many ways. The 6.2L V8 LT4‘s standard 1.7-liter supercharger is swapped for a massive 2.9-liter unit, along with a high-flow induction system, billet throttle body, a Hennessey Performance camshaft, ported cylinder heads, and the list goes on.
After all the new goodies have been installed, HPE dyno tunes and road tests your new beastie, slaps on new serial numbered dash and engine plaques, exterior badges, some spiffy new Hennessey floor mats, and sends it to you complete with a two-year, 24,000-mile limited warranty.
The net result of all this newfound power is startling. Right at 1,000 horsepower and 883 pound-feet of torque, zero-to-60 in just 2.1 seconds, with the quarter mile screaming by in a scant 9.57 seconds at 147 miles per. That’s right, your street-going Camaro ZL1 Exorcist drops into the nines at almost a buck fifty in the quarter. Top speed, should you ever find somewhere to air it out completely, is an eye-watering 217 miles per hour.
As you are reaching for your phone and checkbook, you need to know all of this comes at a rather substantial price. A Camaro ZL1 starts at $63,000 not including freight, tax, dealer’s fees, or any options. The Exorcist will set you back $120,000. If that doesn’t make you flinch, you better hurry, as Hennessey plans to build just 100 copies of the Exorcist.
If the 1,000-horsepower insanity of the Exorcist isn’t quite nutty enough for you, for the collection-plate-emptying sum of $200,000, you can have Hennessey’s Camaro ZL1 Resurrection that lays down an absolutely heavenly 1,200 ponies.