Hennessey Turns the 2014/2015 Camaro ZL1 into a Hellcat Hunter
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is the quickest and most powerful Camaro of all time, but with “only” 580 horsepower, the ZL1 falls well short of the new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Fortunately for those Camaro ZL1 owners who want to be able to outrun the Hellcat Challenger, the Hennessey Performance of Texas has rolled out their new HPE750 package for the Camaro ZL1. This upgrade package increases the output to 750 horsepower, which should be more than enough to keep up or beat the supercharged Challenger.
The Hennessey HPE750 Camaro ZL1
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is the most powerful GM muscle car ever with 580 horsepower from the supercharged 6.2L V8. The new Hennessey HPE750 package for the 2014 Camaro ZL1 features unique cylinder heads, a new induction system, a new camshaft, stainless steel headers, high flow catalytic convertors, a Hennessey supercharger pulley upgrade package, a larger intercooler, a revamped fuel system and a custom tune with dyno and road testing in addition to all of the items needed to safely install this components.
This package also comes with exterior badging, Hennessey branded floor mats and serialized dash and engine plaques for unique aesthetics which help this 750 horsepower package to stand out from the 2014 and 2015 Camaro ZL1 models with “only” 580 horsepower.
Hennessey HPE750 Camaro Versus the Hellcat Challenger
When you pit the new Hennessey HPE750 version of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 against the new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Camaro has the obvious advantage in pure power. We will have to wait for a real world run to see how the two would fare in a head to head race, but we can surmise that the Hennessey tuned Camaro is almost guaranteed to be faster than the Hellcat Challenger on a long run.
Hennessey previously used their HPE700 Camaro ZL1 package to go 203.9 miles per hour on a Texas toll road to test the new camera system while the Hellcat Challenger has a top speed of just 199 miles per hour. Based on the top speed of the HPE700 Camaro, there seems to be a reasonably good chance that the HPE750 ZL1 will outrun the blown Challenger on a long highway run. Also, with less weight and more power, the HPE750 Camaro should be able to turn out better quarter mile times than the Challenger, but that win will have to be claimed once the built Camaro has turned in official drag strip test times.
Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to locate the pricing on the Hennessey HPE750 package for the 2014 Camaro ZL1, but Im guessing that it will very quickly close the narrow price gap between a stock ZL1 and a stock Hellcat Challenger. Even though it is likely pretty expensive, this new Hennessey package solves the problem of racing a Hellcat Hemi Challenger with their Camaro without the fear of being beaten up.