The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has yet to put a single tire into dealer showrooms, but already the tuner market is drooling over the possibilities the seventh-generation icon presents.
One such company is Hennessey Performance. This Texas-based shop is responsible for the 265-mph Venom GT and a host of hyper-fast upgrades to cars like the Cadillac CTS-V, SRT Viper and Ferrari 458.
On Monday, Hennessey announced it was getting into the Corvette Stingray business. To the tune of a possible 1,000 horsepower. The company said it will offer four different packages that add to the C7 mix either supercharging or twin-turbocharging.
All cars will retain their six-speed automatic or seven-speed manual transmission and the upgrades are available for both coupe and convertible Corvette Stingrays.
The most extreme Hennessey model is the HPE1000, which boosts the C7’s power from its base 455 in stock form, to 1,000 total horsepower. In addition to the twin-turbochargers, changes to the Corvette’s 6.2-liter V-8 include upgraded pistons, crankshaft, camshaft, cylinder heads, and fuel system.
The car also comes with a thoroughly revised exhaust system and intercoolers. Price for this package is $67,950 installed and includes a 1 year/12,000-mile warranty. Keep in mind that this figure doesn’t include the price of the Corvette itself, which will start at $51,995 including destination.
The HPE800 uses many of the same upgrades, notably the twin-turbos, for a total of 800 horsepower. This package is $54,950 and includes the same warranty. Donor Corvette not included.
The car seen here is the HPE700. It puts out -- you guessed it -- 700 horsepower but uses an Eaton supercharger for the extra power rather than turbochargers. This package is $18,450 and includes a three year/36,000-mile warranty.
The model in the photos adds on additional options Hennessey said it will make available on all Corvettes. This includes a custom carbon fiber body kit, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, and Hennessey wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
Hennessey said the total price for the HPE700 shown should fall within the neighborhood of $112,000.
Finally, the lineup includes the HPE600. Also supercharged, this package makes 600 horsepower and costs $12,495.
Hennessey said deliveries of its tuned Corvette Stingrays would begin in October or November.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times