Burnout: HPE700 Twin-Turbo Corvette Stingray
We love Hennessey Performance. They take some of our favorite vehicles and make them even more thrilling of a ride. The most recent of these is one that aims to outgun everything else on the road. Its name is even exciting to hear: HPE700 Twin-Turbo Corvette Stingray. We just love it, and we hope someone drops one by for US to go on a test drive. A little role reversal, anyone? Cincinnati auto dealers get really excited when Hennessey takes things to the next level, and this is no exception.
“We’ve taken America’s sports car and transformed it into an American supercar,” said company founder and president John Hennessey, “and it’s a testament to the soundness of Corvette engineering that the new Stingray not only copes with this massive infusion of power, it seems to thrive on it.” Stock, the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT1 V8 gives the Chevrolet a healthy, strong 455 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. Our fast friends down in Texas have gone and upped the game though, bolting on a pair of 62-mm turbochargers and cranking boost pressure up to 7 psi. With these dual turbo wastegates, twin blow-off valves and intercooling to reduce the charge temperature, HPE has convinced the engine to produce 707 horsepower and 661 pound-feet of torque… right… crazy! With a stopwatch handy, Hennessey says its HPE700 Twin-Turbo Corvette Stingray will hit the 60 mph benchmark in 2.9 seconds, while factory stock is 3.8 seconds, and punch through the quarter mile in 10.5 seconds at 135.4 mph. Its top speed is estimated at more than 210 mph. There will only be about two-dozen made, and they will cost you about $120,000. They will go fast (ironic, right?), but at least for now we can watch this sweet burnout video.