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by George Skentzos

The Camaro Z28 has been unofficially brought to life with renowned powerhouse Hennessey shoehorning the Corvette ZR1’s supercharged LS9 engine into the new 2009 Chevrolet Camaro.

This abomination of power has been dubbed the Limited Edition 2010 HPE700 Camaro, with 700 naturally representing horsepower – up from the standard 638hp (476kW) in the ZR1.

Together with peak torque of 971Nm at 4,400rpm, Hennessey expects zero to 60mph to come up in just 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 323km/h and quarter-mile time of just 11.3 seconds at 125mph.

Hennessey slips ZR1 LS9 into Camaro

Along with the engine, the HPE700 Camaro also borrows the ZR1’s optional 15-inch carbon brakes, light weight HRE wheels with Michelin PS2 tires and full suspension upgrades.

“To qualify as a supercar under the HPE banner it can’t just go, it has to whoa.”

The exterior has been similarly upgraded using a combination of GM Performance accessories and unique body panels penned by British designer, Steve Everitt, dubbed the Hennessey Cam-Aero package.

Hennessey slips ZR1 LS9 into Camaro

This package includes a carbon fibre rear lip spoiler, carbon fibre side rocker panels, carbon fibre front splitter, front fascia with hideaway-look headlights and front billet grille.

In keeping with the ZR1 theme, Hennessey also plans to fabricate a window into the bonnet of the HPE700 Camaro to show off the tweaked LS9 powerplant.

“The HPE700 Camaro allows our customers to combine supercar power and performance with classic American muscle car looks in a modern, daily-driver usable sportscar with a backseat and a trunk!,” says John Hennessey, President and CEO of Hennessey Performance Engineering. “We will be announcing other Hennessey turnkey vehicle packages for the 2010 Camaro in the near future along with an extensive list of aftermarket performance parts and accessories.”

Disturbingly, customers can also opt for one of two Twin Turbo Upgrades which will see power jump to 600kW and 745kW respectively.

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Just 24 of the Limited Edition 2010 HPE700 Camaros are planned to be produced, with 11 already accounted for.

Source: Hennessey Performance via AutoBlog




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