Dodge has continued to run a protracted teaser campaign before the New York Auto Show starts, keeping the expectant public on tenterhooks by releasing information relating to the Demon bit by bit. The strategy seems to be working and we are thrilled, but it has also presented a team of Texan opportunistic engineers at Hennessey an opportunity to challenge on the extreme performance car stakes. The team has created a rival to the Demon called the Exorcist.
Built along the lines of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, the Exorcist does not pull any punches, increasing maximum power from 64 horsepower (or 477 kW) to a jaw-dropping 1000 horsepower(or 746 kW). Maximum torque rises from 868 to 1310 Newton-meters, which comes close to the numbers of Bugatti Veyron’s quad-turbo W16. This added grunt is facilitated by an intercooler and a high-flow supercharger that produces 14 pounds per square inch of boost.
In addition, Hennessey has gone ahead and done some old-school tuning work on the Exorcist’s engine. Together with ported cylinder heads, the engineering team has put in a new high-flow induction system, long steel headers made of stainless steel and, as expected, a customized engine management system software.
According to John Hennessey, the founder of the company and also its president, the Exorcist is fitted with rear drag tires and it can move from zero to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. In addition, it takes less than ten seconds to cover a distance of quarter of a mile. He adds that the car is more just a simple racer. It is a well-balanced powerhouse that is as comfortable on a road course as it is on the street and dragstrip
Even if the Exorcist may have been designed by a Texan tuner, one can order it from dealers of Chevrolet cars, just like a normal production model. Another option that is available to current owners of the ZL1 is to send their vehicles to Hennessey and get an upgrade. However conversion is not cheap, whichever method one uses. The 1000 horsepower engine modifications and sticker package is likely to cost you US$55000. It comes with a two-year or 24000 mile (38,624 kilometers) warranty.
A person who desires an automatic Exorcist will have to spend an extra $9,950 to get a ten-speed transmission. This proves that when it comes to muscle cars, manual is always the best option. If you intend to drive the car on the drag strip, Hennessey will provide a drag pack that includes 315/30 radial tires, suitable for drag races, at $8,995. The Road-race package, coming with lightweight wheels as well as Michelin’s Sport Cup tires, will set you back $6,995.
If all these features are not impressive enough, owners can get their cars taken to the Lonestar Motorsports Park that is situated near Houston. Taking into account that this 1,000 horsepower monster will reach 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds and cover a quarter mile in not more than ten seconds, learning to handle it in controlled settings is perhaps a great idea.
Only a hundred Exorcists will be produced each year, and the car will be launched at the Houston Auto Show on the Fifth of April.