Fans of horror movies might get thrilled when seeing this video, but we actually sense that Hennessey is mostly playing a rant on the upcoming arrival of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
Dodge has had it coming its way actually – instead of giving a teaser, then bang surprise everyone with the New York Auto Show arrival of the real thing, they’re fizzling the introduction with a seemingly never ending marketing campaign. So the competitors – especially those working in the aftermarket industry, have had plenty of time to come up with a solution. For example Hennessey (always a soft spot for us, these speed freaks!) is presenting The Exorcist – an enormous 1,000-horsepower (746-kilowatt) version of the brand new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and the tuner even tells us in the face: this “latest creation is built to cast out the demon.”
The Exorcist naturally has an extensively tweaked 6.2-liter supercharged V8 – bigger supercharger and updated intercooler for 14-psi of boost, but there’s also ported cylinder heads, new camshafts, revised exhaust, better flowing induction system, and bespoke engine management. The powertrain also comes with an enormous 966 pound-feet (1,310 Newton-meters) of torque – and we recommend opting for the 10-speed automatic. Hennessey has estimated The Exorcist will reach 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in no more than three seconds and deliver the quarter mile in under 10 seconds with a set of drag radials. The upgrade costs $55,000, the automatic is another $9,950 and an optional $8,995 grants a drag pack with 20-inch wheels, drag radials, an upgraded driveshaft, floor jack, and tool kit.