If you’re seeing this Hennessey Challenger Hellcat equipped with the HPE1000 package, chances are you either already think it’s really awesome, or you just don’t see the point. If the latter sounds like you, allow Mr. Hennessey to explain.
Why do you have to take a 707-horsepower Hellcat and give it more horsepower? And the simple answer is, kind of like [what] Bill Clinton said, “because we can,” ok, because I can. And if you’re one of the nut jobs that subscribes to “because we can,” welcome to Hennessey Performance.
Before HPE made any changes to this car, the Hennessey Challenger Hellcat baselined 664 horsepower and 617 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. After a 4.5-liter blower was fitted to the 6.2-liter V8 and the boost was upped to 14 psi, power output jumped to 863 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque. That’s a gain of almost 250 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque, and Hennessey says that’s more than enough to take down a Demon; from a roll, that is.
To hear more of what John Hennessey has to say about this package for the Hennessey Challenger Hellcat, click play.