First Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE to be Auctioned for Charity

The Exorcist is actually a heavily modified 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

"Equipped with rear drag radial tires, The Exorcist will deliver 0-60 miles per hour times under 3 seconds while running the quarter mile in less than 10 seconds", says company founder and president, John Hennessey. For collectors like that, getting the first unit of a vehicle like the new Camaro ZL1 1LE is an attractive idea, so as has been the case in the past, General Motors will auction off the first example of this new high performance machine for charity. Hennessey took the car's LT4 V8 engine and worked some holy spirits into it in the form of a larger supercharger and intercooler system, ported cylinder heads, new camshaft, long-tube stainless steel headers, high-flow air induction system and a custom engine management calibration.

"However, The Exorcist is not just a ¼ mile racer". Of course, the victor will also get the supercharged LT4 V8 mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, the Magnetic Ride Control suspension system, the Brembo high performance brakes, a loaded interior and the extreme aero bits of the 1LE package - adding a huge rear wing, a larger front splitter, dive planes, and enlarged air intake vents, along with lightweight wheels wrapped in high performance tires. Mated to the quintessentially American lump is a six-speed manual transmission.

If you already have a ZL1 in your garage the Exorcist upgrades will cost $72,655, but Hennessy offers pre-built cars for $157,199.

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In the United States, it'll be available straight from Hennessey and can even be ordered directly from Chevrolet dealers. ZL1 owners can send their cars off for upgrades for $55,000 including a 2/24k warranty. However, those unwilling to work 745kW with three pedals will have to fork out $13k for a transmission upgrade so the auto can handle the extra oomph. It'll cost $11,882 and adds 20-inch wheels wrapped in 315/30-20 Nitto drag radials, a driveshaft upgrade, floor jack and tool kit. The road race pack ($6,995) comes with 20-inch lightweight Hennessey wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 wheels.

  • Carolyn Briggs