Hennessey announces HPE550 Chevrolet Camaro

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 1, 2009

Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE), a tuning specialist based in Texas has announced its intention for an extensively revised 705hp (526kW) variant of the latest 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, which it intends to showcase early in 2010. For those who find 700+hp extreme, Hennessey also offers a tamer 562hp (419kW) variant.

It is called the HPE550, a limited edition Camaro that has joined other powerful bespoke cars such as the recently introduced Godzilla 700 Nissan GT-R and a series of "Venom" Dodge Vipers, and appropriately fits in the vacancy left by the shelved Z28.

The car will come with the regular LS3 V8 from the top-of-the-range SS model but with the addition of a Manguson supercharger and stainless steel Corsa sports exhaust system, power yield has raised to 562hp (419kW) at 6200rpm and torque rated at 557lb-ft (754Nm) at 4200rpm. Continued after the jump! Included in the revisions are new fuel injectors, high-flow intake, aluminum wheels and bespoke aerodynamic pack.

HPE550 Camaro can reach 60mph from standstill in 3.9 seconds and finish the quarter mile in 11.9 seconds at a 119mph trap speed, according to the tuner. Of course, the high performance ratings also come with high price tags.

The kit alone, excluding installation, costs $18,950 on top of the $31,000 base price of the Camaro SS. The installation fee is $24,950 which includes a half-day performance driving tutorial at the drag strip of Lonestar Motorsports Park located near the tuner's Houston workshop.

Press Release

Hennessey Performance Engineering Announces Limited Edition 562 hp High Performance Package For The 2010 Camaro

Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE), well known for their extreme performance sports cars and muscle cars, announces their Limited Edition 2010 HPE550 Camaro.

At the heart of the beast is a supercharger system added atop the LS3 V8 making 6 psi boost combined with a Corsa stainless steel exhaust system and custom engine management calibration from HPE. This upgrade system results in 562 bhp and 557 lb-ft torque. Rounding out the package, HPE adds a set of light weight 20 inch wheels, Hennessey's Cam-Aero ™ body upgrades include: Rear lip spoiler, carbon side rocker panels and front splitter, Hennessey graphics package and premium floor mats.

Hennessey plans to offer up to 500 units for the 2010 model year. Each HPE550 will come with its own unique serial number which will be displayed on a plaque located on the dash and under the hood. Other options available from HPE include: Larger brakes, suspension upgrades, upgraded interiors along with larger wheels and tires. HPE will also be offering more powerful engine upgrades including twin turbo systems producing up to 1000 hp.

HPE is also offering a modified version of the LS9 motor which currently powers the 638 bhp Corvette ZR1. The company has been testing their 705 bhp variant of the LS9 since February using retired GM engineer and racer, John Heinricy as their development engineer and test driver. Heinricy recently drove Hennessey's ZR1 at the Texas Mile to a record setting speed of 196.7 mph in the standing mile.

"The HPE550 upgrade package gives 2010 Camaro owners the kind of power they are going to want, especially when they roll up on a Shelby GT500 Mustang", said John Hennessey, President and CEO of Hennessey Performance Engineering. "We will also be offering an extensive list of aftermarket performance parts and accessories for the 2010 Camaro. From mild to wild, new Camaro owners will be able to order air induction systems, exhaust and header systems as well as supercharger systems, suspension kits and more.

HPE550 buyers will also receive a 1/2-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. The HPE550 Camaro is available from select Chevrolet dealers as well as directly from Hennessey Performance Engineering. Production will begin in May, 2009 and orders are now being taken.

Located just west of Houston Texas at the Lonestar Motorsports Park complex, HPE has been building American supercars for nearly two decades with its Veyron-beating Venom Vipers, Ford GT's and recently released Dodge Challengers.

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