Hennessy’s response to the reveal of the Dodge Demon is nothing more than spectacular; a 1,000-horsepower Chevrolet Camaro whose sole purpose is to send the Dodge Demon straight back to H*** where it belongs. Indeed, it is a divine monstrosity which possesses unimaginable power. Its very presence is enough for observers to feel the moral obligation to seek salvation and repent. Hennessy has undeniably constructed an impressive vehicle which has stolen the Dodge Demon’s thunder, with The Exorcist being announced only a week prior to the launch of the highly-anticipated drag racing-optimized muscle car known as the Dodge Demon.
Hennessy’s ‘The Exorcist’
Brace yourselves for the magnificent beast that is known as Hennessy’s ‘The Exorcist’. Years of the insane evolution of hot rods has led to this legendary reveal.
A Terrifying Beast
Its mere presence is enough to strike terror into the hearts of its opposition and, as witnessed in the above photograph, conduct a major electrical storm. Quite fitting for the occasion.
The Pinnacle of Hot Rods
Indeed, ‘The Exorcist’ is certainly the epitome of what modified motor vehicles should be; relentless, powerful, and possessing unimaginable strength and speed. Truly, it is the apogee of hot rods; the absolute highest point of achievement in the field of motor vehicles.
Banishing the Dodge’s Demon to H***
Hennessy is clearly on a mission from God. That mission is to expel the fire-breathing 840-horsepower Dodge Demon from roaming these lands in the name of quality hot rods.
The Power of Chevy Compels You!
Hennessy officially announced the launch of ‘The Exorcist’ approximately a week prior to the unveiling of the Dodge Demon. The Demon was scheduled for demonstration at the New York International Auto Show on April 11th after several teaser videos including the famous ‘Judgement Day’.
A Strategic Play
However, unfortunately for the highly-anticipated and heavily publicized Dodge Demon, Hennessy is bringing a judgement day of their own. With ‘The Exorcist’ possessing higher horsepower and incredible strength, the parallel public debut, hosted at the Houston Auto Show in The Exorcist’s home state of Texas, was bound to slay the Demon.
‘The Exorcist’ Waiting for Its Demonic Rival on the Dragstrip
The Demon’s day of reckoning has come in the form of a modified Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Undoubtedly, if the thematic naming had not already provided enough of an indication of the rivalry between Hennessy’s newest production model and the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, then the performance stats should clearly be the evidence you need.
John Hennessy, Founder of Hennessy Performance Engineering
As a matter of fact, the founder of Hennessy Performance Engineering himself has made a slight jab at the Demon’s major emphasis on drag-racing, stating that “The Exorcist is not just a ¼ mile race. It’s a well-rounded super muscle car that is just as happy on a road course as it is on the dragstrip and street. Needless to say, this will leave the competition’s heads spinning”.
Chevrolet’s LT4 V8 Engine
Naturally, given the fact ‘The Exorcist’ is a modified Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, the hot rod is equipped with the standard Chevrolet LT4 V8 engine. However, through extensive modifications, the engine can produce up to 1,000 horsepower and 966 lb-ft of torque.
Higher-Flowing Supercharger and Intercooler System
Additionally, ‘The Exorcist’ upgrade includes a higher-flowing supercharger and intercooler system. Together, the supercharger and intercooler systems assist with increasing pressure, in turn allowing the engine to produce the publicized increased power output.
Available for Both Six-Speed Manual Transmission and Ten-Speed Automatic Transmission
As opposed to the Dodge Demon only coming equipped with an automatic transmission option, The Exorcist’s engine can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a ten-speed automatic transmission.
However, it’s important to note that the automatic option requires approximately $9,950 worth of improvements to allow the transmission to properly resist the ferocity of the engine’s 996 lb-ft of torque.
0-to-60 MPH In 3 Seconds!
Along with the other upgrades, ‘The Exorcist’ is equipped with rear drag radial tires. In turn, ‘The Exorcist’, as stated by the company’s founder and president John Hennessy, can accomplish a 0-to-60 mph time in under three seconds. Additionally, ‘The Exorcist can run a quarter mile within ten seconds.
Optional Drag Pack
Hennessy is also offering two different equipment packs to assist the owner with meeting their driver needs. For an additional $8,995, the optional drag pack provides a pair of 20-inch wheels with 315/30-20 Nitto drag radial tires. The package also includes drive shaft upgrades, a floor jack, and a tool kit.
Optional Road Race Pack
On the other hand, drivers can select the road race package for an additional $6,995 to receive a set of 20-inch lightweight Hennessy Wheels, along with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
Summary of ‘The Exorcist’ Upgrades
In short, ‘The Exorcist’ upgrade includes a custom engine management calibration, as well as high-flow catalytic converters, intercooler heat exchanger improvements, and an intercooler and supercharger system which is both larger and higher-flowing.
Summary of ‘The Exorcist’ Upgrades
The upgrade also consists of ported factory cylinder heads, long-tube stainless steel headers, a high-flow air induction system, upgraded valve springs and retainers, improved intake and exhaust valves, and upgraded lifters and pushrods.
Derailing the Dodge Demon Hype Train
The reveal of ‘The Exorcist’ was extraordinary and certainly made an impact on the unveiling of the Dodge Demon for a few different reasons. Apart from the obvious fact that ‘The Exorcist’ is an extremely impressive modified vehicle, Hennessy made the right decision to reveal every single aspect of the hot rod, ranging from the price of the vehicle to its power output.
Derailing the Dodge Demon Hype Train
Indeed, ‘The Exorcist’ appeared out of the blue with loads of information regarding the vehicle as opposed to the Dodge Demon which showcased relatively minor features whilst failing to offer a great deal of performance statistics and pricing information. Although the intention was to clearly establish a strong hype for the model through neglecting to reveal any of its cards prior to the official debut, it had backfired as many enthusiasts grew tired of the lack of information, in turn giving ‘The Exorcist’ a perfect chance to shine.
Of course, the conversion of a Camaro ZL1 is not exactly cheap. Transforming the original Chevrolet vehicle into a Demon slaying beast is something which is going to become quite expensive. Given the fact a 2017 Camaro ZL1 is worth approximately $61,000 at a starting price and The Exorcist’s graphics and engine upgrades are worth roughly $55,000 in total, the modified vehicle is expected to reach a value of almost $120,000.
Offering Conversions of Chevrolet ZL1 Camaros
Owners of Chevrolet ZL1 Camaros can send their vehicles to Hennessy Performance Engineering to receive a modified monstrosity of a hot rod. The company is also offering to provide convertible Exorcists.
Evidently, Demon-Slaying is a Hobby Limited to Only a Few
Unfortunately, Hennessy Performance Engineering only intends on constructing a hundred Exorcists, in turn severely limiting the amount of demon slayers available for purchase. Therefore, ‘The Exorcist’ is quite rare, which means only a handful of lucky people can sign up to banish the Dodge Demon back to H***.