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Hennessey Venom GT


To some automakers, the strategy revolves around producing the most economical cars, to others it is about making the model as luxurious as possible while others strive to strike a balance of all features.

However, at Hennessey, Luxury and price doesn’t matter, well maybe just a little bit; here it is all about speed and a great deal of it for that matter.  According to the Company’s founder and president, John Hennessey, the company’s intent is to keep the Venom as the best performing and fastest production hypercar on mother earth and boy they are serious about it as evidenced by the upcoming Venom GT set to become the fastest car in the world taking the crown from Bugatti Veyron. What sounds even crazier is the fact that the GT will serve as a curtain raiser for the faster Venom F5 which will be offered later on.

When it comes out, the Venom GT will shed cold chills to almost every supercar around. The likes of the hellcat and Shelby Super Snake cannot even raise their voices when the Venom GT is around.

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Hennessey Venom GT Exterior

The exterior comes unchanged from last year’s model. Not even has the automaker touched its bumper. The bright-yellow paint job and a touch of black stripe running from the nose to the rear wing, passing across the center of the hood on its way are the only new additions. This is not bad since the Venom GT’s body can be termed as ideal.

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The body is stable and highly aerodynamic and after all it wouldn’t make any sense for the company to alter the car’s design. Though the show car was painted in yellow, the Venom GT can be ordered in different exterior colors.

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Hennessey Venom GT Interior

The interior styling is still a mystery. But most likely it will be identical to the outgoing model. The cabin just like the exterior is based on the Lotus Exige.  Its door panels, instruments cluster and dashboard are almost identical to those of the Lotus Exige.

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The cabin will however receive some Hennessey crafting which include  a carpeted floor, leather upholstery with contrasting stitching, a race-specified steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara, door panels with carbon fiber inserts and softer finishes on the upper dash.  The seats are also modified and for safety, the vehicle comes with a roll cage.

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Engine Specs and Performance

In its maiden debut in 2011, the Hennessey Venom GT spitted between 725 and 1200 horses. But for a company possessed by being at the top of supercars business, that was enough.

The Venom still comes with the 7.0 L, V-8. The engine is mated to 6-speed manual transmission system that sends power to the rear wheels only. To pump more power, the designers have increased its turbocharger boost pressure to 26 psi from 19 psi. To make this possible, the engine has been upgraded to run on E85 fuel. This has enabled the engine to add an extra 251 hp to take the total output to 1,451 horses.

This power will enable the vehicle to dash from 0-60 mph in 2.4 seconds from 2.7 seconds in the previous model. The car will do a quarter of a mile in 9.4 seconds while the top speed is expected to exceed 280 mph. Simply put, in an open highway, it takes seconds for the car to disappear from one horizon to the other and if you are with your buddies and one is not focused on the road for a couple of seconds, chances are he will not see the vehicle and will be left claiming you are all lying to him.

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I mean, that just how fast this car is…and to play with your mind, the Venom F5 which the automaker had been teasing before the GT’s debut at SEMA will be even faster. To keep things under check, the vehicle has been equipped with a GPS-based traction control system and Sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

Price and release date

As you might have already figured out, such speed comes with a high price tag. Though Hennessey has not revealed the price of the upcoming Venom GT, we are sure it will be in excess of $ 1million. Only a handful of the models will be produced and it is very likely that all models have already sold out. The Venom GT will be released early next year.

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Competition

Speed and performance does not only matter to Hennessey, though the Venom GT beats the Bugatti Veyron’s 267.7 mph, Bugatti is not asleep. The automaker is working on another model dubbed the Bugatti Chiron which will arrive in 2017. The Chiron will have the task to make Bugatti the world’s fastest car producer again.

The Koenigsegg One: 1 also has a point to prove with its claimed 273 mph top speed and 2.5 seconds dash from 0-60 mph.

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