Tuned Camaro crunches the numbers

Last updated 14:00 14/08/2012

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Remember the 2013 Shelby GT500 Mustang that could peel off a quarter-mile in under 10 seconds?

Well, now Texas-based Hennessey Performance has unleashed a Chevrolet redeemer in a bruising 700 horsepower Camaro based on the ZL1 and called the Camaro HPE700.

Matt Farah, of Tuned, recently drove the super hot Hennessey Camaro and while he came away embarrassed by the huge exhaust sound, he also obviously got some kicks out of the sheer grunt that pushes the car close to 300kmh down the quarter-mile.

Farah tests the Camaro alongside what must be one of the fastest stationwagons going around, the Hennessey-tuned Cadillac CTS-V and the two vehicles are put head to head in a race on the company's internationally-rated drag strip.

It is worth noting that Hennessey Performance - once described on USA's Top Gear as "a Texas tuning shop famous for creating Texas-sized horsepower numbers and for modifying super cars that will steal a Bugatti Veyron's lunch money" - also send out the customised Camaro with a three-year, 36,000 mile (58,000 kilometres) warranty.

One of their more recent well-known builds was a NZ$1.46 million Venom GT Spyder for Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.

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