Can The Hennessey ‘Exorcist’ Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Exorcise The Dodge Challenger Demon? [Opinion]

The Exorcist Camaro LZ1 by Hennessey

The Hennessey “Exorcist” Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was not only built for speed and performance, but it was also specifically built to exorcise the Dodge Challenger Demon, according to The Drive. Can the “Exorcist” run the devil out of the Dodge Demon?

The stock Chevrolet Camaro LZ1 is a “monster” right off the showroom floor. Motor Trend calls the Camaro LZ1 “the most track-capable road car GM has ever sold.” The Camaro LZ1 comes standard with a 650 horsepower supercharged 6.2 liter V-8 that delivers 650 pounds per foot of torque.

What happens when Hennessey tweaks the Chevrolet Camaro LZ1 into an “Exorcist” for the Dodge Challenger Demon? Well, consider the Challenger Demon recently conjured by Dodge.

While the Hennessey “Exorcist” Chevrolet Camaro LZ1 is more than formidable, one must give the devil his due. The 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon is being advertised as “the fastest production car in the world.” That 6.2 liter Dodge engine delivers 840 horsepower right off the showroom floor.

The 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon can go from zero to 60 in 2.3 seconds, producing a G-force of 1.8 and 770 pound-feet of torque. Yes, just going by the stats, the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon has the stock Chevrolet Camaro LZ1 at a quantifiable disadvantage.

John Hennessey, being a Chevrolet guy, just couldn’t let that stand, so his company built the Hennessey “Exorcist” Chevrolet Camaro LZ1. For Hennessey, 650 horsepower wasn’t nearly enough Chevrolet power to beat that infernal Dodge Challenger Demon. As The Drive explained, Hennessey gave the Chevrolet Camaro LZ1 a revamp.

“Hennessey turned up the heat with a bigger supercharger, bringing the boost up to 14 psi, ported cylinder heads, a camshaft upgrade, long-tube stainless steel headers, high-flow air induction and an engine management calibration tune of Hennessey’s design.”

Does The Dodge Challenger Demon tremble at the thought of this? Perhaps, a little, but what would happen if the Dodge Demon met its Chevrolet “Exorcist” at the drag strip? It is too soon for the Demon and its Exorcist face-off perhaps, but check out the video game style simulated race between the Hennessey “Exorcist” Chevrolet Camaro LZ1 and the Dodge Challenger Demon in the video below.

The Hennessey “Exorcist” Chevrolet Camaro LZ1 now produces 1000 horsepower and 996 pound-feet of “twist at the crank,” at least according to Hennessey. The Drive cited other numbers, giving the Chevrolet “Exorcist” 959 horsepower and 756 pound-feet of torque at the wheels.

The Hennessey “Exorcist” Chevrolet Camaro LZ1 now has the edge on the Dodge Challenger Demon, at least on paper, but what happens on the track might vary. If drag racing could be figured out on paper with simple physics, without running, then what would be the point?

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Only 100 Hennessey “Exorcist” Chevrolet Camaro LZ1 cars were built, so the Dodge Demons have the numbers, but isn’t that always the case with exorcists and demons. Dodge Demons are “legion for they are many” while the “Exorcist” is one in a million.

Hennessey built only 100 Exorcist Chevrolet Camaro LZ1s to fight the forces of the Challenger. Of course that only ramps up the value of the Hennessey “Exorcist” Chevrolet Camaro LZ1 which sells for $127,000 while the Dodge Challenger Demon sells for about $86,000.

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So who wins, Dodge Challenger Demon or Hennessey “Exorcist” Chevrolet Camaro LZ1? The expert in the video below says it is not even close. Many other armchair experts agree.

The Dodge Challenger Demon wins easily against the Hennessey “Exorcist” Camaro according to experts. Why? Big motor company technology. Dodge built their Challenger Demon to be the fastest thing on the road, and while Hennessey is extremely talented in his field, his Chevrolet “Exorcist” Camaro LZ1 just can’t compete according to the expert in the video below.

Are the experts right? Can the Demon beat the Chevrolet Camaro “Exorcist” built by John Hennessey?


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Only when a Dodge Challenger Demon lines up with a Hennessey “Exorcist” Chevrolet Camaro LZ1 on the drag strip will anyone know for sure.

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