Six years of research, testing, and development have all led to this

The Hennessey Venom GT has been in our consciousness for the better part of six years. Yes, it’s been that long since Hennessey announced plans to build the limited-run supercar. Time has come and gone, and while the Venom GT remains in the shadows, it’s now scheduled to step into the limelight later this year.

Finally, Hennessey’s all-conquering supercar will make its production debut in November 2020. It’s still a bit of a wait for those who have waited six years to finally see the supercar. Fortunately, Hennessey is giving us a sneak peek in the form of a teaser image on what we can expect from the F5 when it finally breaks cover.

What do we know about the Hennessey Venom F5?

After Six Years of Development, The Production Version of the Hennessey Venom F5 Arrives In November
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Six years is a long time for a car to be under development, but the Hennessey Venom F5 is not an ordinary car. We’ve been waiting since 2014 for the Venom F5 to arrive, and after numerous starts, stops, and all things in between, our wait is all set to finally pay off.

Before we start looking forward to November 2020, there are details about the Venom F5 that are already out in the ether. Hennessey, for one, has made it clear that the Venom F5’s monocoque body will be made purely from carbon fiber. That explains why Hennessey estimates the car’s weight to sit south of 1,360 kilos or 3,000 pounds.

The Texas-based automaker has also announced that the Venom F5 will be powered by a proprietary 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that’s capable of producing ungodly levels of power and performance.

That’s always been the Venom F5’s hook that prevented us from completely dismissing the car’s long development. That V-8 - Hennessey calls it Fury - is capable of producing a staggering 1,817 horsepower and 1,193 pound-feet of torque, and with the help of a V-Max speed-tracking system, the almighty Venom F5 is supposedly capable of hitting a top speed of 310 mph, to go with a sprint time from 0 to 186 mph in under 10 seconds.

Venom GT vs Venom F5
Model Venom GT Venom F5
Engine 7-liter V-8 6.6-liter V-8
Redline 7,200 rpm 8,200 rpm
Power 1,244 hp 1,817 hp
Torque 1,155 lb-ft 1,193 lb-ft
Weight 2,743 lb <3,000 lb

What does the teaser image show us?

Here’s a sneak peak of our all-new Venom F5 in all of its carbon fiber glory. Coming this November. #hennessey #venomf5 #hypercar #megacar #worldsfastest #theproofisinthepennzoil

Posted by Hennessey Performance on Friday, July 17, 2020

Not much, at least relative to what Hennessey could have shown us. Then again, we can’t be picky. We’ll take any image of the production model we can get, even if it’s just a close-up of a part of the supercar’s rear diffuser.

So, what are we looking at exactly? Those four carbon fiber fins are part of the rear diffuser. That they’re made from carbon fiber shows that Hennessey is serious about the kind of downforce the Venom F5 requires to attain the kind of performance it’s capable of achieving.

It’s hard to draw conclusions considering how zoomed in the image is, but there are slight differences between this image and the rear section of the Venom F5 prototype that Hennessey unveiled at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show. One that comes to mind is the shape of the rear fender that cuts above the diffuser. It looks rounder and smoother in this new image compared to what we saw in the prototype more than two years ago. That one featured sharper cuts with more defined corners than the one in this new image.

How much of a financial hit can we expect if we buy a Hennessey Venom F5?

After Six Years of Development, The Production Version of the Hennessey Venom F5 Arrives In November
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Hennessey says that the Venom F5 will carry a base price of $1.8 million, which would make it the most expensive American-built production car.

Only 24 units of the Venom F5 will be built, and of the 24 units, only 12 will be available in the American market.

The other 12 units will be sold outside the U.S., ensuring that the whole world has an opportunity to experience what the Venom F5 is all about. Best be quick, though, if you’re planning to reserve a spot for the Venom F5. According to Hennessey, U.S. allocations are close to being sold out.

Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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