What should you do if you love the look, but can’t abide by its 3.8-second zero-to-sixty time or 12-second quarter mile?
Call John Hennessey.
Hennessey today began releasing details on its C7 Stingray upgrade program, and from the looks of it, it’ll be hard for GM to top what the tuners can do when it’s time to release the official go-fast versions of the ‘Vette.
In October, the shop will start building “HPE 700″ ‘Vettes. They’ll slap an Eaton supercharger and custom CNC-ported cylinder heads onto the V8, replace the intake and fueling systems with their own design, and flash the ECU, altogether, boosting output to 700 horsepower.
A carbon fiber bodykit will distinguish the Hennessey-tuned ‘Vettes from factory models, and custom 10-spoke wheels will be wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber — probably the best tires a tuner shop can get access to for this car, because Michelin won’t sell them the PS2 tires designed specifically for the ZR1. The upgrades run $18,500 on top of the purchase price.
The HPE700 doesn’t seem powerful enough for you? There’s an HPE800 model that will push power out to 800 horses, and an HPE1000 that…well, do the math. Yes. 1K horsepower. That one’ll cost you, though — at $67,950 on top of the price of buying the car, it’s almost like buying a second ‘Vette.