Demon, meet Exorcist: Hennessey’s 1,000-horsepower Camaro

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Exorcist Hennessey 1,000-horsepower Camaro

We’ve got roughly another week before Dodge reveals its hellish Challenger Demon, but Hennessey has already produced a rival. It’s called the Exorcist, and both the name and Hennessey’s press release make it clear the car is designed to be the anti-Demon. That may not come across visually, since on the surface it’s just a standard Camaro ZL1 with decals. But underneath is an LT4 V8 tuned to 1,000 horsepower and 966 lb-ft of torque.

Camaro ZL1To hit those lofty outputs, Hennessey ditched the standard supercharger for a bigger one and added an upgraded intercooler. The company also fitted a more aggressive camshaft, ported heads, long-tube headers, and tuned the ECU. Coupled with drag tires, Hennessey claims the Exorcist is good for a 0-60 mph time of under 3 seconds and a quarter-mile time of under 10 seconds. And Hennessey will sell you a set of drag radials to help you achieve those times, but like the rest of the package it’ll cost you.

The Camaro ZL1

The complete package, including the Exorcist decals, rings in at $55,000 – and that’s on top of the Camaro ZL1 you have to supply. Unless you already have one or picked up a used or discounted example, the least you’ll pay for an Exorcist is just over $118,000. And if you want Hennessey to upgrade an automatic, you’ll be spending another $9,950 to upgrade the transmission.

Exorcist Hennessey

On the plus side, the Exorcist upgrade does come with a 2 year/24,000 mile warranty. It’s also going to be an exclusive vehicle, with only 100 built each year. The company offers a couple of options, too. For $8,995 you can get a drag pack with two wheels shod in Nitto drag tires along with a floor jack, tool kit, and upgraded driveshaft. And if track driving is more your style, the road race pack comes with a set of lightweight wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires for $6,995.

Exorcist Hennessey Drift

The Hennessey Exorcist is certainly an impressive machine. And the video of it smoking tires is certainly entertaining. However, it’s probably still worth waiting a week before ordering one to see what the Challenger Demon will be like. And if you’re a bow-tie booster, you may still want to wait, since the ZL1 1LE is on its way and will likely be the better road course toy – though the Exorcist would likely stomp it on the drag strip.

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