It’s a bit hard to tell if John Hennessey is trying to make a play on the Stig by dressing the AC/DC-listening bad boy in this promotional video similarly to the faceless Top Gear star, but as soon as he, she, or it presses the starter button, it’s instantly apparent that there’s nothing funny about what’s going on under the hood. Instead of the loud and bass-heavy burble of a good old American V8, we hear a roar of thousands of explosions trying to rattle the modified engine block apart.
If it isn’t the gatling gun roar that shakes the soul out of your body, then it’s the very name of the Exorcist Camaro ZL1 by Hennessey that will do the trick. Interestingly, the Exorcist seems to confirm a trend that’s been taking place in the muscle car world: the use of otherworldly names to designate cars with otherworldly power.
The Hellcat name only dips its toes into the dark side, perhaps drawing comparisons to Satan’s escaped feline pet. Then Dodge had to go ahead and talk big about the upcoming Demon. And now? Well now Hennessey is helping Chevy catch up with the Exorcist. Drawing from his extensive experience as the craziest tuner in Texas, Hennessey cranks the volume up to 1,000. Thanks to a larger supercharger and a reworked engine, the 650-hp ZL1 now makes an even 1,000 horsepower and 966 lb-ft of torque. ZL1 buyers can either walk into a Chevy dealership and order straight from there or send their Camaros to Hennessey himself for the tune, but either scenario will cost $55,000.
Even though the modification is available for both the six-speed manual and 10-speed automatic versions, going the latter route will require an additional $9,950 for an upgrade to an automatic gearbox that can handle the power. Hennessey claims the Exorcist will hit 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds and is good for the quarter mile in under 10. The catch? Just like a special edition supercar, Hennessey is limiting production to only 100 units per model year. Hurry in and order.