John Hennessey Takes the HPE600 Camaro Z/28 for a Spin

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When it was introduced at the New York Auto Show last year, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 pushed the envelope when it comes to track-focused muscle cars. It's naturally aspirated LS7 7-liter V8 engine packs 505 horsepower, oomph that comes alive with the help of the specially tuned chassis and suspension.
So what would you say about an enhanced version of the Z/28? Specifically, the HPE600 tune job from Hennessey Performance? Dyno testing showed that this bad pony lays 636 horsepower and 545 lb-ft (739 Nm) at the flywheel. As for rear wheel horsepower, the tuned Chevy Camaro Z/28 boasts with 552 ponies and 474 lb-ft (642 Nm). Is it enough?

Well, the founder of Hennessey Performance wanted to find that out by taking this beast for a quick test-drive. John Hennessey tells that in essence, the Camaro Z/28 is to Chevrolet what the 911 GT3 RS is to Porsche, and we kind of agree with that considering both are designed to be the ultimate machines on a race track. Although it's a pretty capable car in the twisty bits, John explains that at speeds over 90 - 100 mph, the downforce generated affects acceleration. This is where the HPE600 comes to stage.

What you can see and hear in the clip below is a client's vehicle with only 500 miles on the clock, so John didn't push that particular Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 too hard. We point out that the place chosen for this test-drive is the Lonestar Motorsports Park, so you're in for a lot of super fast, super loud and super cool driving action, riding shotgun with none other than the tuning company's founder at the wheel.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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