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Old 04-15-2008, 08:37 AM   #1
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Top Tuners Await New Camaro -- Hennessey Camaro?

John Hennessey Expands His Toy Chest

SEALY, Texas — Although Hennessey Performance Engineering may be best known for its extreme Vipers, owner John Hennessey and his crew haven't limited their scope to Detroit iron, tuning Fords, BMWs, even Bugattis.

Now the Texas tuner is expanding its sights once again, and Lexus may be in the crosshairs.

In an interview with Inside Line, John Hennessey dropped some broad hints as to his next project: "We have a new IS-F coming in next week. Our plan with that car is to test some headers, exhaust and air induction items first. Then maybe a blower."

Also high on his list of tuning prospects are such current and near-future performance vehicles as the Cadillac CTS-V, the Chevrolet Camaro, the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the Nissan GT-R. The ZR1, with its supercharged LS9 6.2-liter V8, holds significant promise, Hennessey believes, with the potential to deliver 700-plus horsepower.

In the face of escalating fuel prices and environmental concern, how much longer will there be a market for ultra-exotic performance cars like these?

Says Hennessey: "We'll ride the wave as long as we can.... We won't see these cars forever."

What this means to you: As new breeds of high-performance cars hit the market, Hennessey remains at the forefront of those who will make them even faster. — Scott Vandekerckhove, Correspondent


Get 'em While They're HOT Folks!

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Old 04-15-2008, 08:52 AM   #2
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Old 04-15-2008, 09:04 AM   #3
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If I had the $$$, I'd way give my Camaro to John than Steve. I'd still prefer Lingenfelter before just about anyone, however, this is a pretty cool find. It sounds like we're going to have a lot of vendors to consider for parts, like catbacks, headers, intakes, etc.

Nice find
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Old 04-15-2008, 09:44 AM   #4
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I'm gonna play Devil's advocate....

I've always been a fan of Steve and hs S7. I respect that fact he builds custom Mustangs, though I'm not a fan of his mustangs, but I hear he's pulling out of doing that. I know most of you guys hate him, but rumors keep circulating that he's gonna get some sort of GM deal. A very reputable source has hinted to that. As for Hennessy, doesn't he build custom Dodge Vipers?

There a lot to digest here. As much as I love Steve, I don't think I would want anything other than Camaro on my car. Just wouldn't feel right.

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I believe Hennessey cut his teeth on Vipers, or at least has been since they've come out. I believe he's worked on Camaros before too because I swear I have an aritcle on a 4th Gen. LT1 tuner shootout that included Hennessey too.

I don't hate Saleen for what had been posted but I'm just put-off by it. If that's how he really feels then he can keep his Mustang or whatever else he wants to play with.
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:33 AM   #6
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I wouldn't mind him upgrading it. But I don't want 10 different companies cooperating with GM and making authorized special Camaros. 1 or 2 is all that there should be.

I think it would be really cool if Hennessey were to build the Venom GT. That car is a freakin monster. 1000 hp, 2700 lbs.
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:53 AM   #7
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Interesting to see what Hennessey does for the Camaro.
And yup, still hate Saleen, that dumb ass.
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I think it would be better for GMMG, Berger, or SLP to work with GM since there's a long-time relationship with all of them. I agree; I think GM should only stay with a very few.
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Chevy will be hard pressed to embrace the tuners without bastardizing the Camaro like Ford has done with the Mustang. I think the best way to do that is by making third party editions very limited production runs (so many cars per year for so many years, and then absolutely no more after).
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I think it would be better for GMMG, Berger, or SLP to work with GM since there's a long-time relationship with all of them. I agree; I think GM should only stay with a very few.
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Old 04-15-2008, 01:11 PM   #11
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I wouldn't mind him upgrading it. But I don't want 10 different companies cooperating with GM and making authorized special Camaros. 1 or 2 is all that there should be.

I think it would be really cool if Hennessey were to build the Venom GT. That car is a freakin monster. 1000 hp, 2700 lbs.
I agree, maybe Roush and Hennessey could make a modified version of the Camaro.. but no more.. We don't need the Camaro to turn similar to the Mustang with like 10+ different V8 versions..
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I say it leave it with the groups that have always kind of focused on GM, Lingenfelter and SLP. Roush, Hennessy, Saleen, all great in their own way, but none have ever been GM focused.
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Old 04-17-2008, 02:48 AM   #13
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I say no to the "special editions". The mustang has so many now that no one know which is which without close examination. Now, everytime another one comes out it is just ho-hum, they did it again. Keep the Camaro pure and undiluted!

Although, I would like to see what Foose would do with one.
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:12 AM   #14
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I'd never take my Camaro to Hennessey after reading this thread:
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I'd never take my Camaro to Hennessey after reading this thread:
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There's only a few special editions that I'd like to see....ya'll know which one's those are!
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This is already the second or third large tuner that has made public plans to work on the camaro. I'm sure the aftermarket for this car will be crazy extensive. Good to see so much interest already though.
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I do believe John Heinricy is getting involved with Camaro. It's been "hinted".
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:03 PM   #19
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I don't understand why every one is up in arms about after market tuners....
With my 02 z28, the hours and hours spent on research for every little part was all part of the fun. So was installing the parts myself.

But if you want to drop $5,000 to $10,000 or more just to sport the name of some tuner, be my guest.

But remember you could get better stuff for less money, and have the pride of doing it your self.
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It all comes down to the 2:3 rule.

you have 3 options but you only get 2

Fast
Cheap (relative)
Good

Fast + Good <> Cheap
Fast + Cheap <> Good
Cheap + Good <> Fast

You pony up a heafty sum and a pro tuner works their magic and you ge a modded up car with a relatively short turn around time.

Turning the wrenches ourselves is much more rewarding and potentially cheaper in the long term. But, we won't get to drive it all tricked out nearly as soon.
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