Hennessey Performance specializes in speed, but typically that speed involves machines that look fast, like the Venom F5, Exorcist Camaro or VelociRaptor. Continue reading WATCH THIS 800-HP HENNESSEY ESCALADE SMOKE A CAMARO ZL1 IN A DRAG RACE
Chevrolet must have one hell of an overtime budget for its performance-vehicles department. In just the past few years, there have been SSs, Stingrays, 1LEs, Z51s, Z06s, ZR1s, ZL1s, and even V-6 models that have consistently rewritten the bang-for-buck equation. (To say nothing of fellow General Motors brand Cadillac and its immensely talented V models.) Now comes this particular Camaro, one that combines two of those acronyms but wears an invoice price that doesn’t seem adequate to cover the sum of its parts.
Hennessey Performance pre-empted next week’s launch of the hotly anticipated launch of the Dodge Demon drag racing-optimized muscle car with the announcement of the 1,000-horsepower Exorcist Chevrolet Camaro.
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is already a pretty wild muscle car, with a supercharged 6.2-liter 640 horsepower V8 that must sound like Satan’s metal concert. And now, since you definitely want to blast your ears even further with orgiastic fury, Chevy’s lopped the roof off.
With the arrival of the sixth-generation Camaro, you knew Chevrolet would want to make a big splash with the car at the 2015 SEMA show. We’ve already seen the Camaro SS Red Accent Package concept (a silver convertible with, yes, red accents), the thematically opposite Camaro SS Black Accent Package concept (a red coupe with black), as well as a Camaro Red Line series (a silver coupe with red-and-black accents). Chevrolet’s philosophy, however, seems to be: Why stop at three? So the company sent forth to SEMA another four Camaros, and again they’re known mostly by their color schemes.
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro’s story is one of proximity. With a platform shared with the Cadillac ATS, there’s an implied closeness to that BMW 4-series competitor. Prod the gas pedal of the Camaro SS, and the Corvette Stingray’s syncopated exhaust note tickles the eardrums, drawing parallels with America’s sports car. And being smaller than its predecessor, the interior envelops the driver in such a way that the clipped exterior dimensions seem to shrink even more the quicker you go. This is a Camaro that finds itself closer to the sports-car end of the spectrum than ever before.