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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Hennessey Just Blasted the 2016 Camaro Up to 202 MPH


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Last year, Hennessey Performance grabbed headlines when it built a pumped-up 2015 Ford Mustang and blasted it all the way to 207.9 mph at Continental Tire’s proving grounds in Uvalde, Texas. 
Fast forward to 2016 and the Texas tuning company is back to tackle the 200 barrier once again, but this time with the Mustang’s pony car arch rival—the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. So did they succeed? Yes, quite.


John Hennessey outfitted his very own 2016 Camaro SS with what he calls his “HPE600” upgrade, which packs on ported cylinder heads, a new camshaft, pushrods, stainless steel headers and mid-pipes, high-flow catalytic converters, along with upgraded valves, springs, and titanium retainers. On top of that, a 150-shot of nitrous was added to the mix. Much speed ensues. Take a look.
We think you’ll agree—that’s one heck of an engine note. The Hennessey Camaro test car rocketed to 202.1 mph, a tad bit off the high-flying Hennessey Mustang GT, but not by much. In the process, Hennessey becomes the first tuner to take the 2016 Camaro past the 200 mph barrier.

While you can’t buy that kit outright, Hennessey has announced it will sell a similarly speedy “HPE750” upgrade for the Camaro SS, which adds a TVS supercharger to the car’s LT1 V8. The result is a claimed 202 mph top speed, zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, and a sizzling quarter mile pass of 10.7 seconds. It all comes courtesy of a bombastic 751 horsepower and 643 lb.-ft. of torque. Yikes.

Need even more? Strap yourself in. Hennessey does build a 1,000-horsepower kit for the new Camaro, but that’ll require a beefy 416ci stroker motor for the job.

Photo Credit: Hennessey Performance