31st October 2009

2010 Hennessey HP700 Camaro to make official debut at SEMA

2010 Hennessey HP700 Camaro to make official debut at SEMA

by Drew Phillips (RSS feed) on Oct 30th 2009 at 8:01PM


2010 Hennessey HPE700 Camaro – Click above for high-res image gallery

We’ve seen the pictures. We’ve seen the videos. Now we’re finally going to see the Hennessey HPE700 Camaro in person when it makes its official debut at SEMA next week. There’s a lot to love with Hennessey’s halo musclecar, starting with the LS9 V8 from the ZR1 packing 725 horsepower and 741 lb.-ft. torque (up from the initial figures, 705 and 717 respectively). Those numbers are good for a 0-60 time of just 3.5 seconds, and the trip back to a complete stop takes just 104 feet thanks to 15-inch Brembo brakes. Then there’s the subtle Cam-Aero carbon fiber body kit that adds a front splitter, side skirts, rear bumper, and a diffuser, with the look is finished off with a set of Hennessey’s three-piece, 20-inch wheels.

Expect plenty of photographs and our first person impressions when we come face to face with the HPE700 Camaro next week. Until then, check out the new high-res photos in the gallery below or read the official press release and the full specs list after the jump.

[Source: Hennessey Performance Engineering]

PRESS RELEASE:

LAS VEGAS, NV – Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) is set to debut the company’s limited edition, Corvette ZR1 inspired, 2010 HPE700 LS9 Camaro on Tuesday, November 3 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Powered by Hennessey’s tweaked LS9 engine, the supercharged HPE700 Camaro cranks out 725 bhp and 741 lb-ft of torque twist. 0 to 60 mph is achieved in just 3.5 seconds. The HPE700 LS9 Camaro will be on display in the Mobil 1 booth (#24466).

The HPE700 LS9 Camaro is able to whoa as well as it can go with massive 15 inch Brembo brakes with 6-piston calipers in front and 4-piston calipers in rear. Ride quality and handling are also improved with the addition of KW Variant 3 coilover suspension with upgraded sway bars. Combined with Hennessey’s own light weight 3-piece 20 inch wheels shod with Michelin PS2 tires, the HPE700 Camaro is capable of generating 1.01 g on a 200 ft. skidpad. Rounding out the package is the ZR1-inspired Cam-Aero ™ carbon fiber body upgrades consisting of a front splitter, side skirts and rear bumper with diffuser.

Production has been limited to just 24 examples. “This may be one of the most special vehicles our company has ever built”, said company founder and president, John Hennessey. “Time will tell, but I would venture to say that the 2010 HPE700 LS9 Camaro may go down in history as one of the most significant modern muscle cars ever built”.

Cost for the HPE700 LS9 Camaro is $119,500 which includes one day of driving instruction at Hennessey’s Lonestar Motorsports Park race track facility.

About Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE)
HPE has been making fast cars go faster since 1991. Founded by John and Hope Hennessey, the company now operates from it’s 30,000 square foot workshop and showroom facility situated on 143 acres near Sealy, Texas (about 45 minutes west of Houston). HPE offers a wide variety of dyno proven, track tested parts and upgrades for a variety of modern performance vehicles. HPE is also the only tuner in North America that has its own private test track – Lonestar Motorsports Park.


2010 Hennessey HPE700 LS9 Camaro Specifications

Power:
• 725 bhp @ 6,400 rpm
• 741 lb-ft Torque @ 3,200 rpm

Performance:
• 0 – 60 mph: 3.5 sec.
• 1/4 mile: 11.3 @ 126 mph
• Skidpad: 1.01 g
• 60 – 0 mph braking: 104 ft.

2010 HPE700 Camaro Includes:
• Base 2010 Camaro SS with 6-speed Manual Transmission
• Your Choice of Exterior Factory Colors: Cyber Gray Metallic, Aqua Blue Metallic, Inferno Orange Metallic, Imperial Blue Metallic and Red Jewel Tint Coat
• LS9 6.2 Litre Supercharged Engine with Intercooler
• Mobil 1 Oil & Filter
• Cam-Aero ™ Body Components: Front Spoiler, Rear Bumper Diffuser & Side Rocker Panels
• Long Tube Stainless Steel Headers
• HPE Extreme Duty Clutch & Flywheel Upgrade
• HPE Race Shift Knob and Shifter Upgrade
• HPE Light Weight Alloy Wheels
• 20 x 11 inch (rear); 20 x 10 inch (front)
• Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Tires, 275/35-YR20 (front); 305/35-YR20 (rear)
• Brembo Front Brake Upgrade: 6-Piston Calipers with Light Weight 15 inch Cross-Drilled Rotors
• Brembo Rear Brake Upgrade: 4-Piston Calipers with 14 inch Light Weight Rotors
• KW / HPE Variant 3 Adjustable Coil-Over Suspension Upgrade
• KW / HPE Front & Rear Sway Bar Upgrades
• Painted Hockey Stick Side Stripe with LS9 logo
• Hennessey Embroidered Head Rests & Floor Mats
• Limited Edition HPE700 Dash Plaque & Hood Plaque
• HPE700 & Hennessey Logos Painted on Rear Deck Lid
• Hennessey Letter of Authenticity
• HPE700 buyers will also receive a 1-day performance driving course at Lonestar Motorsports Park – a 1/4 mile dragstrip facility located adjacent to Hennessey’s 30,000 square foot production facility and showroom.

Options:
• Connolly Leather Interior with Custom Colors
• 850 hp Twin Turbo Upgrade
• 1000 hp Twin Turbo Upgrade

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31st October 2009

Why Ford, Nissan and GM Shouldn’t Go Nuts With Small Cars

Would you buy a Nissan subcompact like the March/Micra replacement? Would you buy that Nissan subcompact with a three-cylinder engine and CVT?

You might remember that Nissan revealed details of its new V-Platform for the b-segment just before the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. It announced plans to build two models off the V-Platform in North America beginning in early 2011. Production of V-Platform models (Nissan has three, so far) will begin in March 2010, with the growth markets, China, India and Thailand leading the way.

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31st October 2009

GM CEO says Volt on track for end of 2010

Washington — General Motors Co. CEO Fritz Henderson told Michigan members of Congress that the automaker must increase market share and said the Chevrolet Volt is on track for production in late November or December 2010.

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30th October 2009

Hyundai marketer Ewanick goes face to face with the customer

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30th October 2009

Laps for Charity event scheduled for Sept. 26

The Texas chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities will host Laps for Charity II on Sept. 26 (Saturday) at Texas Motor Speedway.

For a $30 donation, fans can drive their personal vehicles on the 1.5-mile oval for three laps — rain or shine — as they follow the lead of a TMS pace vehicle. Eighteen car clubs are scheduled to participate beginning at 5 p.m. and the laps for the general public will be from 7-10 p.m. Participants can also take a photo of their vehicle in Victory Lane for an extra $10 donation.

Special VIP packes are also available that include a reserved time for a five-lap driving session, photo in Victory Lane, two event t-shirts, a two-week trial membership to The Speedway Club at TMS and dinner for two in The Speedway Club that evening for $250. A limited number of VIP packages are being offered and they must be purchased in advance by calling Speedway Children’s Charities at 817-215-8421.

For more information about the Laps for Charity event, visit www.scctexas.org or call 817-215-8421.

– TMS release

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30th October 2009

News & Rants: Mom Wants 2010 Acura ZDX to be a Family-Mobile

Acura’s new crossover is designed to be a sports coupe on a crossover frame. While it technically seats five, all of the focus is on the front seats. It has what I’m calling, 2½ doors, which is two regular-looking front doors and two teeny, sneaky almost-doors in the rear. At first look, I thought it was a two-door vehicle. The rear-door handles are hidden and set high up at the very edge of the window. I’m sure it will be tough for little hands to manage.

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