It’s been five years since Hennessey introduced the Venom GT, the only production car that’s faster than the Bugatti Veyron, and the Texas-based company has just announced than an updated version of the supercar will be offered for the 2016 model year.

Fitted with an upgraded V-8 engine that delivers more power than ever, the revised Venom GT will make its public debut at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas on November 3rd.

According to Hennessey founder and president John Hennessey, this will be the last iteration of the Venom GT. The Lotus Exige-based supercar will be replaced by the Venom F5, through which the American company wants to offer "improved power and performance both in terms of straight line acceleration as well as road course handling and lap time performance."

But until the F5 arrives, Hennessey claims that the updated GT will be faster than any of its predecessors, especially in the top speed department. As you may remember, in February 2014, the Venom GT recorded a top speed of 270.49 mph at the Kennedy Space Center, beating the Bugatti Veyron’s 267.7-mph benchmark from 2010. Hennessey says the new GT will be even faster. Read on to find out what new record the folks over at HPE are looking to set.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Hennessey Venom GT.

  • 2016 Hennessey Venom GT
  • Year:
    2016
  • Model:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    1451 @ 7200
  • 0-60 time:
    2.4 sec.
  • Quarter Mile time:
    9.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    280 mph
  • 0-100 time:
    4.4 sec.
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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Although it comes with an updated drivetrain, the 2016 Venom GT is identical to last year’s supercar in terms of design. There aren’t many official photos to judge by as of this writing, but it appears as if Hennessey made no modifications to the Venom’s body for 2016. Not even a revised front bumper or rear wing. Nothing!

The only thing that's new about the 2016 Venom GT is the bright-yellow paint job and the black stripe

But that’s far from being bad news. Given the Venom GT was extremely aerodynamic and stable since day one, it wouldn’t have made sense for Hennessey to alter the supercar’s bodywork. The Venom GT is as appealing as they get and with demand for the low-production vehicle significantly higher than supply, the Americans don’t need a facelift to find new customers.

The only thing that’s new about the 2016 Venom GT is the bright-yellow paint job and the black stripe running from the nose, across the center of the front hood and toward the rear wing. Of course, the Venom GT can be ordered in many colors, but the center stripe is actually a brand-new detail.

Interior

Hennessey has yet to publish photos of the 2016 Venom’s interior, but it’s safe to assume it is also identical to last year’s model. For the uninitiated, much like its exterior, the Venom GT’s cabin is also based on the Lotus Exige, featuring nearly identical door panels, dashboard, and instrument cluster. Hennessey-crafted updates include softer surfaces for the upper dash, a carpeted floor, leather surfaces, an Alcantara-wrapped, race-spec steering wheel, contrast stitching, and carbon-fiber inserts for the door panels. Hennessey also modified the seats and added a roll cage.

Drivetrain

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This is where the 2016 Venom GT stands out compared to previous versions. Though it uses the same Corvette-sourced, twin-turbo, 7.0-liter V-8, the Venon GT now boasts a maximum power output of 1,451 horsepower at 7,200 rpm, a 207-horsepower improvement over last year’s supercar. Hennessey says horsepower and torque were increased thanks to the engine’s ability to run E85 Flexfuel, which in turn allows the V-8 to run a higher boost pressure (26 psi versus 19 psi). Though the company didn’t release torque figures, the 2016 model should have more than 1,155 pound-feet.

The Venom GT goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds, 100 mph in 4.4 seconds, and 200 mph in 12.8 seconds.

Combined with a curb weight of only 2,743 pounds and two pairs of grippy Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, the massive output enables the Venom GT to hit 60 mph in 2.4 seconds, 100 mph in 4.4 seconds, and 200 mph in 12.8 seconds. These figures make the 2016 model 0.3, 1.2, and 1.7 seconds quicker than the previous version, respectively. Quarter-mile runs are also quicker at 9.4 seconds at 167 mph, down from 9.92 seconds at 163 mph. Furthermore, Hennessey claims a top speed in excess of 280 mph — at least 10 mph more than the speed record the Venom GT set in 2014.

Whether Hennessey plans to set a new record is yet unknown, but even if it does, the limited production run will likely prevent the Venon GT from being acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Prices

Hennessey has yet to announce pricing for the 2016 Venom GT, but I expect it to fetch in excess of $1 million. The company said it plans to produce only a handful of supercars in 2016, which could mean a little more than ten units. It’s very likely that all of them are already sold out.

Competition

Bugatti Chiron

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Set to arrive in 2017, the Chiron will have the difficult task of making Bugatti the company that produces the world’s fastest production car once again. Though most details around it are still foggy, reports suggest the Chiron will use a revised version of the Veyron’s 8.0-liter W-16 that will crank out around 1,500 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque. Word also has it the Chiron will be able to hit 60 mph from a standing start in 2.4 seconds and have a top speed of 286 mph.

Read more about the Bugatti Chiron here.

Koenigsegg One:1

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Koenigsegg is planning on breaking a few records with the Agera R and One:1.

Built in only six units as the world’s first Megacar, the One:1 is motivated by a twin-turbo, 5.0-liter V-8 that generates one megawatt, which converts to 1,341 horsepower. Peak torque sits at 1,011 pound-feet that peaks at 6,000 rpm. Though it’s a bit heavier than the Venom GT at 2,954 pounds, the One:1 needs only 2.5 seconds to hit 60 mph. Its top speed has yet to be confirmed on an official run, but Koenigsegg claims it can reach 273 mph.

Find out more about the Koenigsegg One:1 here.

Conclusion

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Hennessey isn’t the type of automaker to produce many supercars, but whenever it comes up with a new version of the Venom GT, you known it’s time to run for the hills. For complicated reasons that have more to do with silly rules rather than performance, the updated Venom GT won’t be good enough for a Guinness world record, but we all know it’s faster than the Bugatti Veryon, not to mention lighter and more appealing style-wise. Nothing can stop the 2016 Venom GT from becoming the fastest car in the world and it will take a few years before another manufacturer builds a faster machine. Ridiculous? Sure, but in all the right ways.

  • Leave it
    • Very limited production
    • Ludicrous price tag
    • Already sold out

Press Release

Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) will unveil a trifecta of speed and power at the 2015 SEMA Show on Tuesday, November 3rd at 10 am Pacific time at the Shell Pennzoil display - booth 60005 located near the main entrance of the Las Vegas convention center.

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2016 Hennessey Venom GT
Leading the pack will be Hennessey’s flagship hypercar, the Venom GT now boasting a maximum power output of 1451 bhp @ 7200 rpm, a gain of 207 bhp over the previous generation Venom which clocked a top speed of 270.4 mph at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2014. Horsepower and torque are increased thanks to having the ability to run E85 Flexfuel which allows its 7.0L twin turbo V-8 engine to increase boost pressure from 19 psi to 26 psi.

“Being the fastest matters”, said company founder and president, John Hennessey. “We are intent on keeping the Venom as the fastest, best performing and most exciting hypercar on the road”.

Sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires will put the Venom’s power to the ground via GPS-based traction control system. Combined with a curb weight of just 2743 lbs (1244 kg) the Venom GT continues to offer an unmatched power to weight ratio.

Projected performance:
0-60 mph: 2.4 sec.
0-100 mph: 4.4 sec.
0-200 mph: 12.8 sec.
¼ mile: 9.4 sec. @ 167 mph
0-300 kph: 10.9 sec.
0-400 kph: 18.1 sec.
Top Speed: 280+ mph

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“We only plan to produce a handful of Venom GT’s in 2016 as we are also preparing for our next evolution, the Venom F5”, said Hennessey. “We plan to demonstrate our improved power and performance both in terms of straight line acceleration as well as road course handling and lap time performance”.

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