You’ve seen supercharged Camaros from Hennessey before, but how’d you like to both see and hear the new 602-horsepower Camaro Convertible the company has built? Keep reading.
“We were excited to receive one of the first 2011 Camaro SS convertibles from Chevrolet,” said Hennessey founder and president John Hennessey. “It was only natural that we would take the new Camaro SS convertible and upgrade it with our very popular HPE600 Supercharged upgrade. If having a 602 horsepower Camaro is cool and fun to drive then being able to drop the top takes the sensation of speed and the classic sound of American-muscle to a whole new level.”
Officially named the HPE600 Supercharged Camaro Convertible, it’s a recipe Hennessey’s cooked with before. Take one otherwise stock 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible and add an Eaton TVS2300, big injectors, a cold air intake, a high-flow exhaust and a tune and you’ve got 602 horsepower at 6300 RPM and 605 pound-feet of torque at 3800 RPM. Hennessey says the car will hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and cross the quarter-mile in 12.0 seconds flat at 118 mph. That’s a full second faster to 60 mph than a stock SS Convertible and 1.2 seconds quicker through the quarter-mile with a 9.2-mph faster trap speed.
Naturally, there’s some dress-up to go along with your hop-up. Like any good tuner car, the HPE600 gets custom badges, floor mats, headrest embroidery, engine cover and, of course, serial-numbered dash and engine plaques. Hennessey also supplies a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty. All of this comes standard and will run you a total of $56,495, which includes the purchase price of a new base Camaro SS Convertible.
Of course, there are always options. Hennessey will happily sell you sill plates, side sills and a front splitter all made out of carbon fiber. You can also spec custom 20-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero rubber size 275/30R20 front and 305/35R20 rear. A Hennessey/KW Variant 1 suspension kit is also available that will lower the car one inch, and then there’s those requisite blue hood stripes. All told, the car you see in the pictures will run you an eye-opening $74,950.
Now then, you’re probably more interested in seeing and hearing this thing perform than reading about it, so enjoy the video below courtesy of Hennessey.