Hennessey to build “Final Edition” of 1000-hp Exorcist Camaro ZL1


With all the attention the restyled Ford Mustang and the outgoing Dodge Challenger have been receiving, the moribund Chevrolet Camaro has to be feeling a little left out.

Texas tuner John Hennessey is trying to do something about that. He’s building 57 examples—that’s when the Camaro debuted, 57 years ago in 1966 as a 1967 model, or at least we assume that’s the math Hennessey is using—with a healthy 1000 horsepower. It is, Hennessey says, “the Z/28 Camaro [that] GM refused to build.”

It’s called the Exorcist Final Edition—there was a not-so-final edition before this one that came out in 2018, though the specs are the same: 6.2 liters; 966 lb-ft of torque at a loping 4500 rpm; 0-to-60 mph in 2.1 seconds; a quarter-mile run of 9:57 seconds at 147 mph, and a top speed of 217 mph. “Performance is jaw-dropping,” the press release posits.

The Exorcist’s soul-wrenching attitude comes from a high-flow supercharger, a custom camshaft, ported heads, high-flow catalytic converters and, we especially like this, “All Necessary Gaskets & Fluids.” Sure hope so!

hennessey custom camaro exorcist front three quarter action

“Our comprehensive upgrade to the Camaro ZL1 is one of my all-time favorites. The chassis, suspension, and powerplant work seamlessly together, so all the driver experiences is raw, unbridled horsepower. There’s nothing else like our Exorcist,” if John Hennessey does say so himself, “so we’re eager to share this special limited edition with fans of this iconic car before it’s gone forever.”

Price is listed as “inquire,” and having done so with Hennessey, we can report that the retail price for the package is $54,950 on top of the cost for the donor Camaro ZL1. Current MSRP for that model starts at $75,395, which the Hagerty mathematics division informs us totals $130,345.




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    Little doubt that the 57 owners will eventually make a profit on their “investment”. As a child of the fifties and sixties, I find the costs of cars these days increasing dramatically (unlike my 401K)! I can’t imagine what it feels like to go from zero to sixty in 2 seconds!! I guess that’s what you’re paying for…

    I’ll bet 70% of that is labor. And 30% is parts. You must have deep pockets to buy one. All businesses are not what they once were. This I know. I’m a master transmission man understanding hydraulics and what makes them function and tick and understand the week links are. Rick’s transmission. A.P. Mi.

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