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Friday, January 9, 2009

Hennessey 700Hp LS9 Camaro

SEALY, Texas — Hennessey Performance Engineering has introduced a limited-edition 2010 Chevrolet Camaro fortified with a 705 horsepower version of the supercharged LS9 V8 engine from the Corvette ZR1.

Hennessey calls its creation the HPE700 Camaro and claims that it's a "modern, daily-drive usable supercar." That might be a relative term, as this 2010 Camaro makes 717 pound-feet of torque.

Suspension upgrades are part of the package as well and the carbon-ceramic brakes from the ZR1 are optional as well. Lightweight HRE wheels and Michelin PS2 tires complete the functional upgrades.

Aerodynamics changes are the work of British designer Steve Everitt and include carbon fiber all over: rear lip spoiler, side rocker panels, a front fascia and splitter and a front billet grille. The hood design was inspired by the ZR1 with a window through which the LS9 power plant can be ogled.

A one-day performance driving course at Lonestar Motorsports Park, next door to the Hennessey production facility/showroom in the Houston area, is tossed in with the purchase of the HPE700.

The limited-edition Camaro is available directly from HPE or from some Chevrolet dealers. Orders will be taken starting next month, and production starts up in the spring.

Inside Line says: GM certainly doesn't have the money to give the Camaro the engines it needs, so it was only a matter of time before the aftermarket stepped in to do it.