As you may know already, yesterday we showed you a limited edition of the Neiman Marcus 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible. Today, another limited edition of the Camaro Convertible, this time from Hennessey was unveiled. Dubbed 2011 HPE700 Camaro, this edition will be built in a very limited edition of just 24 units.
What is more interesting is that under the hood we will find an impressive 6.2-liter LS9 V8 engine (same found on the Corvette ZR1) and capable to deliver 755 bhp and 763 lb-ft of torque. The car comes with a 30 hp increase over the 2010 coupe model, but also with larger 15 inch brakes with 6-piston front calipers.
Regarding its performances, the car can hit 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds and it runs the quarter mile in 10.9 seconds at 130 mph.Furthermore, the HPE700 also includes an adjustable coilover suspension, larger sway bars, HPE lightweight wheels, stainless steel long tube headers, painted hockey stripe, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, CarbonAero carbon fiber body kit and more.
The 2011 HPE700 LS9 Camaro comes with a price tag of $132,500 and can be ordered directly through HPE or one of Hennessey's authorized Chevrolet dealers.
Designing a convertible may come with sacrifices especially to the stability and handling of the car. For instance, cowl and steering wheel shake have become synonymous to convertible cars of whatever model.
However, the design team for the 2011 Camaro convertible has amazingly overcome that structural “curse” that plagued all designers when it comes to convertibles. What they did, the engineer who led the design explained, was to reinforce the suspension of the Camaro convertible so that it retains the cruising capabilities and stability of the Camaro coupe.
This runs contrary to the common engineering practice of softening the suspension up when designing open cars. In other words, Al Oppenheiser said, the team has tweaked the suspension of the convertible model to closely mirror the suspension elements in the coupe version.
This resulted to similarities in the handling and performance of the coupe version of the 2011 Camaro, a goal that Oppenheiser said dominated the development team’s effort from the onset. The result is a convertible that preserves nearly all the acceleration, road-holding and performance capabilities of the Camaro coupe.
Aside from preserving the suspension of the coupe version, the development team also added in structural tweaks that prevent cowl and steering wheel shake. This is achieved by adding a hydrofromed tube in the A-pillars, as well as reinforcing the windshield header bracket, the front hinge pillar and the rockers.
The structural changes to the Chevrolet Camaro convertible body give it superior bending and torsional stiffness compared to its closest competitor. It also offers better torsional stiffness than the BMW 3-Series convertible.
Chevrolet Camaro can hold its own against its competitors when it comes to bending torsional stiffness, thanks to the structural improvements introduced in the convertible model. It also beats the BMW 3-Series convertible in terms of torsional stiffness.