Hennessey Performance Engineering has responded to the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon with a muscle car of their own: The Exorcist.
It looks like 2018 is going to be the year of muscle cars. No sooner does a Dodge demon top 200 mph in a straightaway dash does a Chevy Camaro come along with an unbelievable top speed of 217 mph.
However, unlike the Demon, this Camaro is definitely not stock.
Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE), the famous tuner company that specializes in making already ridiculously fast cars even faster, have taken a stock ZL1 Camaro and modified it to put out 1000 hp and 966 lb-ft of torque. Then they plopped a dude in a black suit and all-black helmet holding a pair of wrenches welded together into a cross and called their creation The Exorcist.
He’s not The Stig, but The Stig’s overtly religious cousin.
Anyway, The Exorcist then was taken to Uvalde Proving Grounds 80 miles west of San Antonio Texas for her paces. There they discovered something amazing about muscle car with 1000 hp— it can crush the Demon in terms of top speed.
Driver Brian Smith from Ford Performance Racing School, The Exorcist seems to flirt with 200 mph over the course of Uvalde’s long, slow bend. But once the track straightens out it easily tops 200 and slowly climbs to an ultimate top speed of 217 mph.
While the Exorcist is undeniably faster than the Demon, it didn’t seem to have nearly as smooth a ride. In the Demon’s 203 mph video the driver barely moved as the whine of the engine continued to climb to its maximum RPM. Meanwhile, Brian seemed to be bouncing all over the place as The Exorcist shot down the track.
It could be that the Uvalde Proving Grounds just don’t have the same kind of road quality as the runway the Demon ran down, or it could be that the Exorcist just has worse suspension.
Getting The Exorcist to 1000 hp apparently did not involve an engine swap. The car uses the same stock 6.2-liter LT4 V8 Engine but upgrades the supercharger from 1.7-liters to 2.9-liters. HPE also modified the Camaro with "a larger intercooler system plus CNC ported cylinder heads, camshaft and valvetrain upgrades, 1 7/8 inch long-tube stainless steel headers with high-flow catalytic converters, high-flow intake cold air induction system, engine management recalibration and chassis dyno tuning."
Check out the vid below to see this bad boy outrun a Demon.