When the eighth generation of the Corvette debuted in 2020, it was one of the few bright spots of what was otherwise an abysmal year for the world. The mid-engine layout was a first for the Corvette, and with its radical new design, Chevy’s halo car became a bonafide American exotic supercar. With its naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT2 V-8 making an impressive 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, the C8 was capable of taking on many of the world’s best street fighters of the time. But, as with all fast cars, after a while, they don’t feel fast enough. It seems that the folks over at Hennessey Performance felt and echoed that sentiment, which is exactly what brought about the insanely powerful Hennessey H700 Corvette Convertible.

Instead of keeping with the naturally aspirated ethos of both the base Corvette and even the mighty flat-plane crank Z06, the Hennessey H700 got its own belt-driven supercharger specifically designed for the C8’s claustrophobic engine bay. Added to that blower was an air-to-water intercooler, as well as a freer-flowing cat-back exhaust and an upgraded performance software tune. The result of all of those old-school hot-rodding tricks? A stupefying 708 horsepower and 638 pound-feet of torque.

To put those numbers in perspective , compared to the base C8, horsepower is up by 44 percent and torque up 37 percent. For the ‘Vette-savvy, while 708 hp is impressive, it is only 38 more than the powerful Z06. But, while the high-revving Z makes plenty of top-end power, the supercharged H700 makes it up top and down low, eclipsing the Z06’s torque peak by a whopping 178 pound-feet.

In addition to all the performance goodies Hennessey includes with the H700, it also offers a few options for owners to choose from. Forged 19-inch wheels are available in satin silver, gloss black, or matte gunmetal. An active-valve exhaust is available over and above the cat-back. The active-valve exhaust gives the H700 the best kind of bipolar personality a car can have: mild-mannered and civilized for those quiet rides to a nice dinner, and then, with the flick of a switch, raucously exhilarating when there is a desolate stretch of interstate just begging to be eaten up with alacrity.

The Hennessey H700 Corvette package is available for all C8 Convertible Corvettes built between 2020 and 2024. And while the crazy 708 hp and 638 lb-ft of torque are mind-blowing numbers to behold, perhaps the most surprising numbers that come with the H700 is its 3-year/36,000-mile warranty. So, while we tend to feel as though fast cars aren’t fast enough after a while, something tells us that when it comes to the Hennessey H700 C8 Convertible, that feeling won’t be coming around any time soon, if ever.

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