It is commonly held within the automotive industry that a performance car has not truly recieved its come uppance until Hennessey Performance Engineering has released an underwear-soiling engine upgrade for it. Thus, it seems, the 2010 Chevy Camaro has officially arrived (granted, it “arrived” back in January, but hey, cut us some slack).
Officially dubbed the Limited Edition 2010 HPE700 Camaro, Hennessey’s monster pony is powered by a beefed up verison of Chevy’s famed LS9 supercharged V8 and puts out a whopping 705 horsepower and 717 lb-ft torque. Continuing the familiar theme, the HPE700 Camaro also comes outfitted with a massive set of 15″ carbon brakes and a hood window, both of which have been seen before on the Camaro’s big brother, the Corvette ZR1. In terms of body modifications, Hennessey’s “Cam-Aero” (rimshot) package adds a carbon fiber rear lip spoiler, rocker panels, front splitter, and front fascia, as well as what is described as “hideaway-look” headlights and front billet grill.
While we’re not crazy about seeing the purity of the ZR1 compromised by sharing some of its more trademark features with the Camaro, we’ve turned into major 2010 Camaro fanboys recently, so we were able to let it slide. Unfortunately, the 2010 HPE700 Camaro still managed to jump the shark – on the last page of the order form, right where it says “Total Amount Due: $109,500.” Granted, Hennessey does throw in a complimentary 1-day performance driving course at quarter-mile dragstrip right next door, but that’s still a pretty big chunk of change for a car that – as much as we hate to admit it – is still the king of the trailer park.