Hennessey Performance have revealed the official details on the Venom GT supercar. Based on a Lotus Elise, their kit will be limited to only five units, four of which have already being spoken for.

The Venom GT is powered by a supercharged 6.2 liter LS9 V8 engine, same used in the Corvette ZR1, that delivers a total of 725 bhp. And if this is not enough, the tuner will also be offering 1000 bhp and 1200 bhp twin turbo V8 engine variants. With a curb weight of 2,685 lbs, the 1200 HP Venom GT will hit a top speed of 275 mph.

The supercar features lightweight carbon fiber bodywork and carbon fiber wheels, a programmable traction control system, CFD (computational fluid dynamic) tested bodywork, an active aero system with adjustable rear wing, and an adjustable suspension system.

Prices start at $725,000 for the 725 HP variant, and go up to $950,000 for the 1200 HP Big Daddy model.

“Twelve hundred horsepower combined with in a mid-engine chassis that weighs twelve hundred kilos (2,685 lbs) – no other road car and only a handful of race cars can match the power to weight ratio of the Venom GT,” added HPE president and founder, John Hennessey. “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.”

UPDATE 07/06/2012: The Hennessey Venom GT headed back to where it all started - the Goodwood Festival of Speed - to show the crowds just how awesome it is! The proof was in the pudding when the Venom GT shot out flames during its run. Check it out by clicking in the video above.

More details on the Hennessey Venom GT after the jump.

  • 2011 Hennessey Venom GT
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  • Transmission:
    Ricardo Six-Speed Manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    1200 HP at 6,500 rpm
  • Torque @ RPM:
    1,155 lb-ft at 4,200 rpm
  • 0-60 time:
    2.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    275 mph
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Exterior and Interior

2011 Hennessey Venom GT Exterior
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The Venom GT started its life as a Lotus Elise and focused as much as possible on weight reduction. For that, Hennessey added lightweight carbon fiber bodywork and 20" carbon fiber wheels wrapped in massive Michelin PS2 tires. The car gets Brembo brakes with 6-piston calipers up front and 4-piston calipers in rear clamping down on 15-inch carbon ceramic rotors.

Hennessey is also offering an active aero system with an adjustable rear wing that will deploy under varying conditions on both the road and racetrack. Customers will also be able to adjust the ride height according to speed and driving conditions thanks to an adjustable suspension system.


2011 Hennessey Venom GT Exterior
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For the Venom GT, Hennessey uses a Corvette ZR1 sourced 376 cid aluminum V8 engine that delivers an impressive 725 HP. The engine sends its power to the rear wheels via a Ricardo 6-speed gearbox and handling is facilitated by a KW variant three-adjustable coilover suspension.

The tuner is also offering 1000 HP and 1200 HP twin turbo V8 engine variants that utilize twin precision ball bearing turbochargers. In the more powerful version, the Venom GT pushes out 1200 HP at 6,500 rpm and 1,155 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. That translates into a specific output of 166 HP/L and a HP/Weight of 767.23 per ton (2.61 lbs/HP).

Getting to the numbers that are a little easier to swallow, the 1200 HP Venom GT will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and to 200 mph in 15.9 seconds. The tuner has also reported a top speed of 275 mph.


2011 Hennessey Venom GT Exterior
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Hennessey will only produce 5 units of the Venom GT, and four of them were reserved even before the car was launched. The 750-hp Venom GT price starts at $725,000, while the 1,200-hp version goes up to $950,000 plus shipping. At this price, customers will also be getting a 2yr/24,000 mile warranty. Each model will take six months to build and Hennessey will only be building five cars a year. The cars are assembled in Hennessey’s facilities in Sealy, Texas, Lake Forest, California and Silverstone, England.

There are also a few options that can be thrown into your Venom GT for a price. Check them out in the table provided.

Options & Personalization Price
Right-Hand Drive $28,225
Center Locking Hubs / Wheels $37,500
Dry “Naked” Carbon Fiber Exterior $375,000


2011 Hennessey Venom GT Exterior
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With that amount of power and a 267 mph top speed, the Venom GT will tackle the latest Bugatti Veyron Super Sport head on. We know there is a huge difference between the two models, but power and mph are the only two taken under consideration here.

The Bugatti model is powered by a W16 engine that delivers a total of 1200 HP and has already established an impressive world record: 267 mph. All Hennessey has to do now is challenge that record. It already beats the Veyron in the 0-200mph sprint with a time of 15.9 seconds, compared to the Veyron’s 24.2 seconds, so maybe it will be an attainable goal.

2011 Hennessey Venom GT Exterior
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2011 Hennessey Venom GT Specifications

Engine Chevrolet LS V8
Block Aluminum
Size 376 CID (6.2 Liter)
Position Mid Longitudinal
Compression 8.8:1
Redline 7,200 rpm
Forced Induction Twin Ball Bearing Turbochargers
Oiling System Dry Sump
Valvetrain OHV, 2 Valves per Cylinder
Fuel System Sequential Multi-Port Electronic Fuel Injection

Horsepower 1,030 bhp @ 6,500 rpm (933 rear wheel hp)
Torque 972 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm (874 rear wheel lb-ft)
Specific Output 166 bhp / Liter
BHP / Weight 767.23 hp per ton (2.61 lbs / hp)
Boost 16 psi (1.1 bar)
Fuel 93 octane

Type Ricardo 6-Speed Manual
Gear Ratios 2.61:1, 1.71:1, 1.23:1, 0.94:1, 0.77:1; 0.63:1
Final Drive 3.36:1

0 - 100 km/h 2.9 sec
0 - 200 km/h 7.0 sec
0 - 300 km/h 14.9 sec

Drag Coefficient 0.36 (rear wing down); 0.43 (wing raised)
Downforce 1,492 lbs @ 150 mph

Calipers Brembo 6-piston (all 4 corners)
Rotors 15.0 x 1.34 in Carbon Ceramic (all 4 corners)

Type KW Variant 3 Adjustable Coilover (all 4 corners)
Ride Height Adjustable by 2.4 inches (60 mm)

Length 15.27 ft (4,655 mm)
Width 6.43 ft (1,960 mm)
Wheelbase 110.24 in (2,800 mm)
Track - Front 63.46 in (1,612 mm)
Track - Rear 63.15 in (1,604 mm)

Weight & Measurements
Curb Weight 2,685 lbs (1,220 kilo)
Dry Weight 2,524 lbs (1,147 kilo)
F/R Balance 37/63 (empty); 44/56 (with driver & passenger)
Fuel Capacity 18.5 gal (70 liter)

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  (453) posted on 01.13.2012

This compact really looks so stunning and awesome on its exterior detailing even on its interior. It really looks so nice, and it is undoubtedly very pricey in its market production.

  (559) posted on 01.2.2012

I must say that the engine of this car is really powerful, and it is truly fun to drive with because on that. Anyway, I love the sporty exterior of this; it is quite impressive.

  (599) posted on 12.29.2011

For all the GT version that was released in the market, I have to say that this vehicle is the most powerful! Some powered output of the GT car that it have already out in the market. It only ranges from 200+ hp.

  (427) posted on 12.27.2011

The good thing about the Hennessey is that it can boost the engine performance of the car into an impressive amount. The power output of the vehicle almost similar with every successful Bugatti Veyron.

  (1211) posted on 12.26.2011

Well, I doubt that this one will be able to come close to the speed posted by the Veyron. Nonetheless, this one is still an interesting package in its own right.

  (647) posted on 12.23.2011

I wouldn’t really be surprised if Hennessey would actually release this one a few months after they sold the last model. They actually have the habit of doing that every now and then.

  (503) posted on 12.20.2011

Wow, this one is definitely looking great. I use to think that Hennessey is more about the luxury aspects of tuning, but they definitely surprised me on this one.

  (577) posted on 12.16.2011

Wow, this one is definitely looking great. I use to think that Hennessey is more about the luxury aspects of tuning, but they definitely surprised me on this one.

  (336) posted on 12.8.2011

By simply looking at this Venom GT, I can say that the engine of this car is really powerful, which is so great that I don’t feel disappointed on it. I also love the sporty interior of this; it is quite impressive.

  (613) posted on 11.25.2011

I would prefer my own Venom GT in a black body paint for it looks more so cool and aggressive on that. Anyway, compared with Bugatti this vehicle would surely stand out on its looks but not on figure performance.

  (336) posted on 11.22.2011

I love the fact that it is not an electric vehicle! smiley Anyway, the aggressiveness of this sports car is really awesome with it, and I’m so impressed with its powerful engine output, that could give a nice speed on it.

  (463) posted on 11.21.2011

The Hennessey Venom GT is really looking so unique and aggressive on its platform and the engine output of it is truly awesome for this sports car! Well, I hope that they would release a video of this vehicle.

  (528) posted on 11.20.2011

It is maybe oozing with angst and aggressiveness, but I must say that I’m not so impressed with it. I would still prefer that simplicity of the Bugatti Veyron than on this one. However, I’m already impressed with its other feature.

  (488) posted on 11.13.2011

The exterior detailing of this Venom GT is truly so striking and impressive! It can really get lots of attention on its aggressiveness, and I must say that its powerful engine output is what really impressed me more.

  (458) posted on 10.10.2011

Vemon GT is assured with powerful capacity as a sports car. Merely giving in its features from the lightweight carbon fiber bodywork including the more things to give efficient car engine.

  (3) posted on 10.8.2011

if this goes around the top gear test track, it’ll fly

  (484) posted on 09.30.2011

Impressive engine performance, with V8 engine and 1200 horsepower it can be sure give a remarkable performance on it. It’s too pricey, but it is really worth spending for. This sports car is really had the angst!

  (797) posted on 09.27.2011

All feature of this car is really great and the rims and wheels of this car is great and its super-thin wheel. Its good for this car and the performance is really good.

  (599) posted on 09.26.2011

Impressive horsepower! 1200 HP at 6,500 rmp with V8 engine, I bet it will be one of the super cars that I will see today. smiley It’s a little too pricey but this sports car is really worth spending for.

  (428) posted on 09.23.2011

Very impressive car. I like exterior and interior parts of this car. The stye is great and my first instinct to the style of the car is really fast and has a good performance. The design is really great also the rims and the chassis is great.

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