Is the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 truly worth the wait? We posed that question to you earlier this week, but now there’s another tuned Camaro that will eclipse the forthcoming muscle coupe. The maniacs at Hennessey Performance Engineering recently squeezed out more than 1000 horsepower from its new Chevrolet Camaro HPE1000.
Let’s start with what’s packed under the hood of each HPE1000. Hennessey strips out the stock 6.2-liter V-8 from a Camaro SS, replacing it with a 7.0-liter LSX engine motor block from GM’s Performance Parts line. From there, things go wild — forged aluminum pistons are added, along with a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods. HPE adds a custom camshaft, and also tosses in high-flow cylinder heads, a custom intake manifold and throttle body, and an upgraded fuel injection system. All those modifications allow Hennessey to strap a pair of ball-bearing turbochargers onto the LSX, creating one wicked machine.
According to the company, the HPE1000 allows this Camaro to throw down 1000 horsepower and 1000 pound-feet of torque, but those are theoretical numbers. To gain some data rooted in reality, Hennessey tuned the Camaro to run on C16 race fuel, dialed the boost control up to 21 psi, and strapped it to the dyno.
As the video on YouTube shows, the result is nothing short of amazing. The twin-turbo muscle car managed to throw down 1021 horsepower at the rear wheels. Likewise, torque measured at the rear wheels came in at an astounding 1027 pound-feet.
Sound like the perfect badass bow tie? Perhaps, but there are a few caveats. HPE was running C16 race fuel, which runs roughly $6-$10 a gallon, depending on your location. Additionally, requesting the C16 calibration on the HPE1000 also means you surrender Hennessey’s one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. And the whole HPE1000 conversion will run you nearly $65,000 on top of the cost of a donor Camaro SS.
As always, power comes with a price. Is 1021 horsepower worth almost $100,000? You be the financial planner. Make or break a business case in the comments section below.