Now that we’ve covered the 2010 Hennessey HPE700 Camaro and feel as though we have sufficiently atoned for our sins of negligence, we bring to you the newest addition to the HPE stable: the 2010 Hennessey HPE550 Camaro. 200 horses less powerful and about $40,000 cheaper, the HPE550 Camaro bridges the gap between the factory SS and the HPE700, essentially taking the place of the now-cancelled Camaro Z28.
A stock SS at its core, Hennessey outfits the Camaro’s factory-fresh LS3 V8 with a Magnuson supercharger and a Corsa exhaust, boosting engine output to 562-horsepower and 557lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a less extensive version of the HPE700’s package, the HPE550 Camaro also comes with Hennessey’s exclusive Cam-Aero kit which includes a Hennessey graphics package, lightweight 20″ wheels, as well as a carbon fiber rear lip spoiler, rocker panels and front splitter. Now, thanks to the combination of the blown engine and a slick new speed suit, Hennessey claims the HPE550 Camaro can make the sprint from 0-60 mph in a mere 3.9 seconds, and lap a quarter mile in a mere 11.9 seconds.
“The HPE550 upgrade package gives 2010 Camaro owners the kind of power they are going to want, especially when they roll up on a Shelby GT500 Mustang**,” explained HPE CEO John Hennessey (whom, for whatever reason, we picture leaning against the HPE550 with a cigar and a nearly-empty glass of Scotch in his hand). “We will also be offering an extensive list of aftermarket performance parts and accessories for the 2010 Camaro. From mild to wild, new Camaro owners will be able to order air induction systems, exhaust and header systems as well as supercharger systems, suspension kits and more.”
**Although we have recently spoken out in favor of the new Camaro, we are Mustang enthusiasts at our core and as such, we feel obligated to point out that while the HPE550 may prove capable of giving the Shelby GT500 a run for its money, the Shelby is ready to throw down on the track fresh from the factory. No cute little aftermarket packages necessary.