The Exorcist Is Hennessey’s 1,000 HP ZL1 Rival To The Challenger Demon [w/Video]

Dodge has yet to unveil the eagerly-awaited Challenger SRT Demon and already, Hennessey Performance has presented its Demon rival, appropriately dubbed The Exorcist.

Based around the already potent Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, The Exorcist incorporates a host of modifications that make it significantly more potent than standard and surely wild enough to outperform whatever Dodge is planning for the Demon.

Typically, the supercharged LT4 V8 engine of the Camaro ZL1 delivers 650 hp but not satisfied, Hennessey has lifted grunt up to 1,000 hp at 6,400 rpm and 966 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. To do so, the camshafts have been upgraded, a larger supercharged installed producing 14 psi of boost pressure and complemented by ported factory cylinder heads, long-tube stainless steel headers, custom engine management and a high-flow air induction system.

The Texas tuner says that when fitted with drag radial tires, The Exorcist will accelerate from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in under 3 seconds and complete the quarter mile in fewer than 10 seconds.

Unlike the Challenger SRT Demon which is shaping up to be a one-trick pony that dominates at the drag strip, Hennessey’s Camaro ZL1 retains all of the impressive handling credentials of the standard car, creating what John Hennessey dubs “a well-rounded super muscle car that is just as happy on a road course as it is on the dragstrip and street.”

Prices for The Exorcist upgrade start at $55,000 and include a 2 year, 24,000 mile warranty. If the supplied ZL1 has an automatic transmission, it will have to be upgraded at the cost of $9,950. Additionally, the optional drag pack that includes 20 inch wheels and Nitto drag radial tires, an upgraded drive shaft, floor jack and tool kit costs an extra $8,995. Alternatively, The Exorcist can be optioned with the road race pack that includes lightweight 20-inch wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires for $6,995.



  • Six_Tymes

    It looks menacing. I like the wheels, although the stock ones are great also. As far as the power, i’m not so sure many people including myself could handle it.

    • JacobC

      Those are the stock wheels for a ZL1. Quit embarrassing yourself.

      • Six_Tymes

        A: your a dbag. B: it says “the optional drag pack that includes 20 inch wheels and Nitto drag radial tires, an upgraded drive shaft, floor jack and tool kit costs an extra $8,995.” that is written as if those options are from Hennessey and not GM.

        • Fabián Montiel

          Dude, those are the stock wheels, Hennessey changes the tires as an option, the wheels from that car are stock

        • JacobC

          A: Those are still the stock wheels for a ZL1 in the pictures. B: It doesn’t matter what it says. C: I may be a DBag, but you are still embarrassing yourself.

  • eb110americana

    I’m a GM guy, but even with more weight and almost 200 fewer ponies (I still believe the Demon will have 815 hp based on the teaser), I would not count the Demon out at the dragstrip. With a rear suspension optimized for drag launches, and trick items like a trans line-lock gracing the Dodge, while the handling-tuned Camaro may not be able to use those 1000 horses until most of the way down the track. If the Demon can put the power down, the numbers may be in its favor–at least in that specific arena.

  • john1168

    That’s kick ass! I’m liking Black Stig too:)

  • Highway Cruiser

    good luck, Hennessey, with that, who cares?

  • aaronbbrown

    Nice car

    But the drag package should come with 14 inch rear wheels and 100 aspect ratio tires. That and some wheelie bars are the only way to give this thing a decent lunch.

    With the proper suspension, gears and tire set up, you could get this car to do the quarter-mile in the 8’s with that engine.

    And you could still drive it to work every day 🙂

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