Smokin Camaro: Hennessey HPE550 Supercharged Chevy Camaro SS
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Automotive lust in America means blown Camaros. You know, like the red '69s on every cover of Car Craft. A big BDS 10-71 Supercharger sticking through the hood and massive M/T drag slicks under tubs in back. Let the rest of the world dream of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and dinky little British two-seaters. In this country speed doesn't look like that.
It looks like this.
This is the Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) "HPE550" supercharged 2010 Camaro SS. That's right, it's a blown Camaro. The first blown 2010 Chevy Camaro. And that makes it the very newest version of a true American icon. Ranks right up there with the Beach Boys, buckets of deep fried chicken and our incomprehensible Internal Revenue Code.
Be proud of it. We Americans invented the greatest car ever: The loud, tire-smoking, V8-powered, front-engine, rear-wheel-drive muscle machine. And we should celebrate the accomplishment just as John Hennessey is, by building more.
Brute Force: Ford Shelby GT500 v Hennessey Camaro
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Hennessey Camaro SS
These are the heavy hitters. The big dogs. They're not playmakers or
finesse artists and they don't dish out assists. If the 2010 Ford Shelby
GT500 is Dick Butkus snuffing out a Jim Brown thrust up the middle, then
the 2010 Hennessey Performance Engineering Chevy Camaro SS HPE550 is Lawrence
Taylor with radar lock on Joe Theismann's right leg. And it's not just that
they're powerful and merciless, but intentionally provocative and
intimidating, too. On looks alone, either of these cars is enough to make
the drivers of other machines cower like a three-legged Labradoodle.
They are, of course, muscle cars in the rawest, most vicious sense of the
term. And they're quicker, faster,
meaner and flat nastier than anything built back when Ol' Shel and Don
Yenko were just guys. And not by a little bit either.
But which is the better beast? To find out, we drove these two
all-Americans on the street, at our test track and on the Dynojet chassis Dyno at MD Automotive in
Westminster, California. Then we did some big smoky burnouts just to piss
off the Sierra Club. By the time we were through, Greenpeace had threatened
to blockade the Inside Line garage and the Obama administration was
seriously considering a unilateral deployment of the fun police. Didn't
matter. By then the tires were shot and we had our winner.
Most Muscle? Camaro SS v Challenger SRT8 v Shelby GT500
2010 Camaro SS vs. 2009
Challenger SRT8 vs. 2010 Shelby GT500
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Hennessey Camaro v
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In our recent pony car comparison test, the retro-heavy — and just plain
heavy — 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS walked away with top
honors in its debut. The big V8-powered coupe needed a new challenge. It
was time to refocus the lens. Shoot from a different angle, so to speak.
So we squared the brooding visage of our SS-badged protagonist up against
the cruelest bunch of savages we could find, the range-topping 2009 Dodge
Challenger SRT8 and 2010 Ford Shelby GT500.
Badass 370Z: 2009 Nissan Nismo 370Z @ Willow Springs
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It's called "The Fastest Road in the West" for a reason. Willow Springs
International Raceway is known for its staggeringly high lap speeds, and it
defines itself with one of the gnarliest, high-speed corner combinations
anywhere in the world: a long decreasing-radius bend from Turn 8 to Turn 9.
And so in an effort to preserve the world's population of auto scribes like
us, Nissan has created a makeshift chicane to successfully emasculate these
corners during our test of the 2009 Nissan Nismo 370Z. Smart move.
Fortunately there are ample opportunities elsewhere on this track to
explore the car's increased performance over the standard 2009 Nissan 370Z.
Namely Turn 6, which apexes at a blind crest and is followed on the
downhill side by a huge midcorner bump that makes the standard Z-car wallow
like a Buick LeSabre over a Wyoming frost heave. It's here that the Nismo Z
In the Sport Z-car we're afraid. Afraid of physics. Afraid that the track
will toss us — like a Buick — into the unforgiving desert. But after a
few laps in the Nismo Z, we're confident. And we're faster. We keep our right foot planted all
the way over the Turn 6 crest and across the bump, gaining enough speed
that a few hundred yards down the track we ingloriously annihilate most of
the orange cones that Nissan deployed to keep us alive. Nice.
ZR1 Smokes GT-R: Chevy Corvette ZR1 vs. Nissan GT-R
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It's already hot at 11 a.m. as we pull our 2009 Nissan GT-R into the
visitor's parking lot at GM's proving grounds in Arizona. The Japanese
supercar looks like a spaceship next to the aging, 1960s-era brick
buildings that front the massive desert test facility on the outskirts of
ZR1 Vette vs Jet! - Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Races A U.S. Navy Fighter Jet
MT Editor at Large Arthur St. Antoine pits Chevy's awesome "Blue Devil" --
the Corvette ZR1 -- against its toughest adversary yet: a Blue Angels
F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet.
Shot By: Jim Gleason & Terren Lin
Edited By: Jim Gleason
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Shelby GT500 Crushes Camaro SS! - Drag Race Showdown
When we first pitted the Camaro SS against the Mustang GT, Ford fans complained it
was an unfair race given the horsepower disparity. But
now Ford has tipped the scale way back in it's advantage with the top of
the line supercharged snake, the GT500. We head to the drag strip to see
how the underdog Chevy stacks up.
Shot By: Mike Suggett & Jim Gleason
Edited By: Jim Gleason & Mike Suggett
MuscleCar Tuner Showdown: HPE650/SuperSnake/SpeedfactorySRT8
We've compared nearly every combination of modern American muscle cars on
the market. Now it's time for the ultimate showdown - Hennessey's Camaro HPE650 vs Shelby's GT500
Super Snake vs Speedfactory's Challenger SRT8. We head to the Dyno, the test track and the
racetrack to determine which of these tuned pony cars reigns supreme.
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The 700 HP Hennessey Camaro ZL1 -- /TUNED
Tuned goes to Sealy, TX to test Hennessey's take on the already potent Camaro ZL1, one of the
loudest cars we've ever had the privilege of driving. We discuss what it's
like to drive a paddle-shifted muscle car and race Hennessey's daily driver
CTS-V "Hammer Wagon" down their private drag strip.
First Test - 2010 Chevy Camaro
From the base V-6 to the top of the line V-8 SS, we test Chevy's
hotly-anticipated Camaro and find out if it has was
it takes to destroy Ford's muscle car benchmark, the Mustang.
Edited By: Jim Gleason
Tim Allen's 1968 Camaro 427 COPO - Jay Leno's Garage
Tim Allen's 1968 Camaro
427 COPO. Did you know Tim Allen is a car guy? Check out the muscly Camaro of his teenaged dreams,
exquisitely upgraded with a 505 hp 427 and lots of other great stuff by
Allen and Bodie Stroud. Get ready for an awesome burnout...
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427 COPO - Jay Leno's Garage
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