Right out of the box, the Chevy Camaro ZL1 is certainly no slouch, throwing down 650 supercharged ponies with all the performance goodies to match. However, when it comes to horsepower, some folks always want more, and to that end, Hennessey Performance offers this – the Exorcist.
Originally designed to bring the heat to the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the Exorcist Hennessey Camaro ZL1 ups the ante with even more muscle – 1,000 horsepower to be exact, with 883 pound-feet of torque. Making those numbers possible is a long list of upgrades and parts, including a new high-flow supercharger and air induction system, a custom Hennessey camshaft, ported heads, an auxiliary fuel system, upgraded valve train, new lifters and pushrods, and an oversized heat exchanger. The upgraded engine exhales through long-tube headers and a high-flow cat, with Hennessey tuning the setup on their dyno to extract every last pony available.
Put it all together, and Hennessey claims the Exorcist Camaro ZL1 will sprint to 60 mph in a mere 2.1 seconds, while scorching the quarter mile in 9.57 seconds at 147 mph and going on to a top speed of 217 mph.
Now, the Texas-based tuner is taking its handiwork for a spin around the local test track, wringing out the V8 down the straights to see how it goes. As one might expect, the 1,000-horsepower Exorcist Hennessey Camaro ZL1 goes quite well indeed, barking a thunderous V8 exhaust note as the technician behind the wheel buries the throttle to the carpet. The test drive includes a run from 60 mph to 140 mph, which the tuned-up Camaro blitzes with ease, as well as a run from a dig to about 90 mph, done in a blink of an eye.
If you love horsepower and the Chevy Camaro, this video is sure to delight. Make sure to crank the volume for the acceleration tests: