Scorching 1,200-hp Hennessey Venom GT to debut at SEMA show


A couple of months ago, we reported the Hennessey Venom GT was in the making and was terrorizing England’s country side during its testing there. Well, zip it to the present. Today, Hennessey will introduce the full production model of the Venom GT to the SEMA show in November. And we got a video below to prove it.

The Hennessey Venom GT was built on the concept of “power to weigh ratio”, which Hennessey Performance sticks a twin turbocharged 6.2-liter LS9 engine from the Corvette into a small body of the Lotus Elise. The result is an epic mutation of sinister power. Born is the Venom GT with a curb weight of less than 2,685 pounds that produces 1,200 pure adrenaline horsepower.

No my friend, the Bugatti Veyron is no king of speed anymore for the fastest production car. The crown is now belonging to the Venom GT, and here are the numbers to back its crown-ship. In comparison, the Hennessey Venom GT can sprint from 0 – 60 in just 2.4 seconds with top speed of 267 mph on a six-speed manual transmission. Compared to the Bugatti Veyron, it has an acceleration speed from 0 – 60 mph in 2.6 seconds with top speed of 253 mph. In addition, the Bugatti Veyron can complete the 200 mph sprint in 24.2 seconds, while the Venom GT can accomplish in 15.6 seconds.

For those ones that see 1,200 horsepower is a bit too much, Hennessey will also offer two more variations of the V8 engine, one producing 725 hp and the other 1,000 horses. All of which uses the same Brembo race-spec disc brakes with 15.2-inch diameter carbon-ceramic rotors and 6-piston aluminum calipers.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to show our Venom GT in the Mobil 1 display at this year’s SEMA show,” said company founder and president, John Hennessey. “We first announced our interest in developing an ultra lightweight, ultra powerful sports car – the Venom GT concept – nearly three years ago during SEMA.”

“Driving the Venom GT is a thrilling experience,” Hennessey adds. “It is a driver’s car, a supercar with a soul that will give you as much speed and performance as you dare ask of it. If you ever wanted to experience flying a military fighter jet, the Venom GT offers a similar visceral thrill of speed and performance. It’s the quickest, fastest and most exciting vehicle that I have ever driven.”

Hennessey announced at the beginning that it plans to build only 10 Venom GTs per year. And the 2011 Hennessey Venom GT is not cheap like other Hennessey’s supercars, which clocks in at around $600,000 a piece.