Watch as Hennessey Exorcist summons an unholy 350 km/h run

4 years, 11 months ago - 22 February 2018, Autoblog
For speed that makes your head spin, better call the Exorcist — the 1,000-horsepower Hennessy Exorcist Camaro. Hold the green pea soup, please.

After all, that'd make quite a mess at 350 km per hour, which is the terminal velocity recorded by Brian Smith, director of the Ford Performance Driving School (yes, we see the irony here, too) at the 8.5-mile oval at the Continental Tire Proving Grounds in Uvalde, TX, in a brand-new Exorcist.

At such high speeds, you can't rely on a car's stock speedometer for accuracy. So, Hennessey validated the Exorcist Camaro ZL1's 217-mph run with a Racelogic Video VBox GPS data logger. That top speed is higher than the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 – not to mention the McLaren 720S, Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Ferrari 812 Superfast, Lamborghini Huracan, as helpfully pointed out by John Hennessey – and unlike your typical supercar, it's capable of such ludicrous velocity with four passengers on board.

"It's kind of like having a new ZR1 Corvette with room for 4 people – but faster," says Hennessey. Not just faster, either, but also much more powerful. Hennessey reports an even 1,000 horsepower, 883 pound-feet of torque, a 0-60 time of 3.0 seconds and a quarter-mile run of 10.0 flat. And the modifications to the ZL1's V8 engine, which include a larger 2.9L supercharger, CNC ported cylinder heads, camshaft and valvetrain upgrades, and long-tube stainless steel headers, are covered by a three-year/36,000 mile warranty.

The Camaro's 10-speed automatic transmission, 20-inch forged wheels, and Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires were left stock for this test. The 217-mph top speed was achieved in ninth gear. Want one? You'll have to fork over $119,950 for the privilege of owning one of the 100 planned Exorcist units, 20 of which have already found homes.