Hennessey Performance’s self-proclaimed Dodge Demon rival, the Exorcist, recorded 349kph during a top speed test at Continental’s Uvalde proving grounds in Texas.
To get there, Smith made full use of the Exorcist’s highly-tuned, 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine, which develops 1000bhp at 6,500rpm and 883lb ft of torque at 4,500rpm. All of a sudden Chevrolet’s flagship Demon looks a little meek compared to the Exorcist, making do with just 828bhp and 770lb ft of torque.
The Exorcist’s huge performance comes courtesy of a comprehensive overhaul of the LT4 engine borrowed from the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. A new high-flow supercharger, exhaust manifold and camshaft account for the major upgrades on a long list of uprated parts.
The extra 360bhp and 233lb ft of torque, over the ZL1, cuts the 0-6100kph time from 3.5 seconds to less than 3 seconds. Even more impressive though is the quicker quarter-mile drag time, which stands at 10 seconds, some 1.4 seconds quicker than the ZL1. However, the Exorcist’s mind-boggling quarter-mile time would likely have been set on the optional 20-inch Drag Radial tyres.
Available with an optional drag strip delivery – literally, the car is delivered to you at a drag strip – the Exorcist is being built in limited numbers: only 100 units will make production. On top of the Camaro ZL1’s $68,000 purchase price, the Hennessey upgrade will cost a further $61,100 (or $71,000 for the auto), so heavenly salvation won’t come cheap.
This article originally appeared at evo.co.uk
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