A Tale of a Thousand Horsepower: Hennessey Venom GT

Hennessey Venom GT, front

Holy mother of I Want One…

A “weapon of mass propulsion.”

An elite combination of British opulence and American muscle.

A machine that has been compared to the P-51 Mustang, the American-designed, British-powered fighter jet.

A car that has no real reason to exist other than the simple fact that it can.

Hennessey Venom GT, rearHennessey Performance has been customizing everything from the Ford Shelby GT500 to the Corvette ZR1 with incredible results. Now the company has unveiled its all-new supercar, the Hennessey Venom GT. The specs alone will make your heart race in anticipation:

The Venom GT’s base power plant is the supercharged 6.2 liter LS9 V8 (the same as in the Corvette ZR1) tweaked by Hennessey to 725 bhp. The company will also be offering 1000 bhp and 1200 bhp twin turbo V8 engine variants. The mid-engine V8 will transmit its power to the rear tires via a Ricardo 6-speed gearbox.

Twelve hundred horsepower!? That’s even more impressive considering the Venom GT uses the Lotus Elise chassis and weighs less than 2,400 pounds. A programmable traction control system and an adjustable suspension will help put power to the ground. Stopping the beast will be the job of Brembo brakes: 6-piston calipers up front and 4-piston calipers in back with 15-inch carbon ceramic rotors. Even the wheels are made from carbon fiber.

The bottom line of all this? The zero to 60 sprint takes 2.4 seconds. Two hundred miles per hour comes in 14.3 seconds. Its top speed is 272 miles per hour.

See? There’s no reason in the world this car should exist. But it does, and I want one.

The price of admission? It’s not as bad as you might think, considering the comparable Bugatti Veyron sells for a cool $2 million or so. The Venom GT will go for just $600K, but only 10 will be produced per year. Four are already reserved, so you’d better get out your checkbook!

Where will the craziness end? Does anyone really need 1,200 horsepower? No. But you know you want it!


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  1. I’ve got to laugh at these kinds of cars. Face it, if the MEN who buy these could buy a new penis, they’d be rolling it around in front of them on a luggage cart. This car is just about as useful.

  2. Thats a better idea than shitbox Mustangs take a light small great handling car and shove the biggest V8 you can find in it exactly where Carroll Shelby started…. Luv it

  3. j please this is a beautiful work of art the curves the raw power. just because you dislike it does not mean you have to hammer the writer sounds like you need some tea. this car is made for the car power junky that loves to be thrown into a car sear and held there through a curve. its a dream car and i am not shure anyone would give some one that prefers a Suzuki over this so you dont have to worry it is not coming your way

  4. @ jgoods
    Oh come on jgoods. I’ve taken the family for plenty of nice drives in the Suzuki. But me and my extra $600K would be plenty happy taking 1200 hp through the mountain passes. I can’t help it, dumb automotive debaucheries make me happy.

  5. No, I don’t want it! If someone gave this thing to me, I would sell it. What a stupid, excessive, totally unnecessary, undriveable idea of a vehicle. Tgriffith, you need to calm down, drink some tea, take your wife and kids for a nice drive in the Suzuki–and forget about such dumb automotive debaucheries.

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