Really, what’s not to like about the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1? It’s a chiseled, sub-$60K, two-door muscle cruiser with 580 hp and enough handling prowess to hook a C6 Z06 around the ‘Ring. The ZL1’s 4120-lb curb weight is probably a direct result having its cake and eating it, too. So it’s not necessarily that Hennessey has gone about fixing anything with its HPE1000 package, but instead adding a lot of good stuff. Like a 427-cid block. And a loping custom cam. And 2 ball-bearing turbochargers. The finished product sounds like this:
So, after you put it about the pavement what’s 876 hp and 864 lb-ft torque like?
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We particularly liked the various components with pronounced blow-off valve noise, copious tire smoke, and a 10.6-second, 135.3-mph time slip. So, yeah, we pretty much liked all of it. If you’re through to Chevy COPO history, you’ll probably agree that there’s just something right with regards to a ZL1 badge and 427 cubes within the hood., plus..