Admittedly, we here at ESM don’t do a ton of features on American muscle cars… but we’re still big fans.
So when we heard Hennessey Performance was pushing out a car called “The Exorcist”, we had to do some research and find out what it’s all about.
Created to excise the newly created Dodge Demon, the ZL1 based Exorcist has some pretty amazing numbers where the Hennessey team “radically increased the Chevy’s LT4 V8 engine’s power to 1000 bhp @ 6,400 rpm and 966 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm”.
According to the official press release:
“Equipped with rear drag radial tires, The Exorcist will deliver 0-60 mph times under 3 seconds while running the ¼ mile in less than 10 seconds,” said company founder and president, John Hennessey. “However, THE EXORCIST TM is not just a ¼ mile racer. It’s a well-rounded super muscle car that is just as happy on a road course as it is on the dragstrip and street. Needless to say, this will leave the competition’s heads spinning.”
And here are the options for those interested in ordering one for themselves:
THE EXORCIST TM is available as a new turnkey vehicle from Hennessey and can also be ordered directly from Chevrolet dealers. ZL1 Camaro owners can also send their vehicles to HPE for the conversion. The base cost for THE EXORCIST upgrade, including the 1000 hp engine upgrade and graphics is $55,000 and includes a limited 2 year / 24,000 mile warranty. Automatic equipped vehicles will require an upgraded transmission at the cost of $9,950. The optional drag pack includes a pair of 20 inch wheels with 315/30-20 Nitto drag radial tires, drive shaft upgrade, floor jack and tool kit at the cost of $8,995. The optional road race pack includes a set of 20 inch light weight Hennessey wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires at the cost of $6,995.
THE EXORCIST Upgrade Includes (from HennesseyPerformance.com):
- High-flow Supercharger System
- Custom HPE Camshaft
- Ported Cylinder Heads
- Upgraded Valve Springs and Retainers
- Upgraded Intake valves & Exhaust Valves
- Upgraded Lifters and Pushrods
- High Flow Intercooling System
- Intercooler Heat Exchanger Upgrade
- Long-tube Stainless Steel Headers
- Stainless Steel Midpipes
- High Flow Catalytic Converters
- All Necessary Gaskets & Fluids
- Professional Installation
- HPE Engine Management Calibration
- Dyno Tuning & Road Testing
- Serial-Numbered Dash & Engine Plaques
- Hennessey Exterior Badging
- Hennessey Premium Floormats
- 2 Year / 24,000 Mile Limited Warranty
- 20 inch Rear Drag Radial Tires
- Hennessey H10 Monoblock Wheel Upgrade
- Automatic Transmission Upgrade
- Track Tool Kit
But will it beat the Dodge Demon? Everything on paper says yes, but this video from PhotoMikes Garage says otherwise:
To be honest, between the two cars, we’d probably go with THE EXORCIST for two reasons: 1) We’re big fans of John Hennessey and 2) we just want to own a car that is called “THE EXORCIST”.
We’d probably order one without the red stripes and just keep it all black so people would think it was a stock ZL1 Camaro.
For more information on all of Hennessey Performance’s complete line of products and cars, you can check out their website at http://hennesseyperformance.com.