New 2013 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder for California’s sunshine – update

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A sports car is not a true sports car until it gets an open-top version, and that is what Hennessey Performance did to its 2013 Venom GT supercar. The company has just released an open-top version, you’ve guessed it, called the 2013 Venom GT Spyder. The new open-top car isn’t exactly a true Spyder, it’s more like a targa-top version.

At any rates, the new 2013 Venom GT Spyder will surely let the wind splatter in your hair at speeds that come from an insane 1,200-horsepower engine. That wind and sunshine in your hair and face don’t come cheap, the open-air top adds an additional $150,000 to the base price of $1.1 million in the 2013 Venom GT hardtop model. That’s some steep price for a removable top panel. Ouch!

“We are excited to be able to offer an open-air American supercar, built in Texas, that provides the best power to weight ratio available on the market,” says company founder, John Hennessey. “Simply put, the Venom GT Spyder is defined by its simplicity, elegance, performance and – for a lucky few – a driving experience like nothing else on Earth.”

The new 2013 Venom GT Spyder will be limited built of only five units per year. Even with a steep price tag, Hennessey says it has already received two orders of the five Venom GT’s it will build for the 2013 model year.

We haven’t seen the spec sheet on the 2013 Venom GT Spyder yet, but we expect it to be similar to hardtop version. After all, at 1,200 horsepower, we don’t think that the 2013 Venom GT Spyder needs any engine improvements.

If you are still thinking the wind in your hair, the sunshine in your face, and the roaring sound of the turbocharged V8 engine all seem worth it, by all means, get one. [11-3-2011]

Update: 4-5-2013

The new 2013 Hennessy Venom GT has revved into high gear, and it has taken the speed crown off the Bugatti Veyron. The Hennessy Venom GT has officially clocked in at 265.7 miles per hour over the two-mile course at the United States Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California. Equipped with a twin-turbo 7.0-liter V8 engine producing 1,244 horsepower and 1,155 pound-feet of torque,  it is easily jetted the 2,743-pound supercar down the runway.

The Hennessy Venom GT is now the new speed king of the world, officially the world’s fastest production car ever, which beats out the Bugatti Veyron at 258 mph. Check out the video below for yourself.