Hennessey’s 1,200-HP Camaro ZL1 1LE is Dubbed the Resurrection
The follow-up to the Exorcist is even more sacrilegious.
If you're John Hennessey, you can't show up to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show floor without an eye-watering, high-horsepower special. And wouldn't you know it, the Texan and his gang of tuners showed up to SEMA with the Camaro to end all Camaros. The Hennessey Resurrection, the company's latest, greatest, 1,200-hp monster, is based on the hardened, lightened, more focused Camaro ZL1 1LE and has an extra 200 hp more than the already ridiculous Hennessey Exorcist that made its debut in 2017.
A little refresher on what the 1LE package adds to the Camaro ZL1: Instead of Chevy's MR dampers, customers will get DSSV spool valve dampers by Multimatic, lighter wheels, no back seat, a wing co-developed with Chevy's racing partner Pratt and Miller, a wicked-looking front-end aero package, but no extra power. Hennessey's team clearly took issue with this, and thought nearly doubling the 1LE's original horsepower output to 1,200 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque was the best way to rectify this problem.
The team took out the supercharged LT4 V-8 that originally powered the ZL1 and replaced it with the LT5 engine—the 755-hp beating heart from the C7 Corvette ZR1. They then fitted CNC billet aluminum throttle bodies, a 2.65-liter supercharger, a custom carbon-fiber hood that apes the look of the one on the C7 ZR1, and a host of other high-power upgrades. The Resurrection can be had with either the six-speed manual or the 10-speed auto, both of which will get upgrades to handle the extra oomph.
Hennessey says its latest creation will do 0-60 in less than 2.3 seconds, has a top speed in excess of 220 mph, and that all this excellence costs a cool $200,000 including the stock Camaro ZL1 1LE. If you're at SEMA this year you can see the Resurrection at the Shell Pioneering Performance Experience (booth 60003).