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Quick Comparison – Hennessey Venom F5 Vs. Bugatti Chiron Vs. Koenigsegg Agera RS

Quick Comparison – Hennessey Venom F5 Vs. Bugatti Chiron Vs. Koenigsegg Agera RS

It’s a three-way top speed battle, but who will come out on top?

Let’s say you want a car that’s fast – like, world-beating fast. The kind of fast that’ll get you thrown in jail quicker than most cars can reach the 60-mph mark. The kind of fast usually reserved for aircraft. We’re talking the bleeding edge of speed here, the cream of the crop in terms of moving across the face of the Earth on four wheels. Incredibly, there’s actually several options to choose from, assuming you’ve got the bank account to back it. Up here, at the peak of the mountain, you’ll find the Henessey Venom F5, the Bugatti Chiron, and the Koenigsegg Agera RS going head-to-head-to-head, each a top trump in modern street-legal performance. But which is the best?

The Hennessey Venom F5 is the newcomer of the group, with a recent debut at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Offered as a follow-up to the Lotus-based Venom GT, the F5 builds on the successes of its forerunner with all new everything, including a fresh chassis, revised aero, and a tuned-up engine, each of which was built from the ground up to conquer all challengers. Chief amongst those challengers is the Bugatti Chiron, the standard-bearer when it comes to ultimate high-dollar speed, rocking 8 liters of quad-boosted internal combustion and a reputation for superlative performance. Finally, we have the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which just set a new world record by going 277.9 mph on a closed road in the Nevada desert.

But while top speed is obviously a major factor here, what about the rest of the car? What about the way it looks, the interior, and the chassis? In this quick comparison, we’ll take a brief, but well-rounded look at each of these amazing vehicles and go beyond V-max to find out how they stack up.

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2019 Hennessey Venom F5

2019 Hennessey Venom F5

Look out, Bugatti Chiron – there’s a storm a brewin’!

We live in some truly incredible times. In the fight for the title of fastest production car in the world, there’s always something new on the horizon, some clever new speed tool that manages to warp what’s possible with four wheels and an engine, setting a new standard by which all other competitors are judged. This is exactly that, the latest and greatest in the world of hypercars. Recently revealed in Las Vegas at SEMA, the Venom F5 is a follow-up to Hennessey’s first-gen Venom GT from 2011, offered as a clean-slate approach to the problem of going faster than all the rest. Now breaking cover after four years in development, the Venom F5 is built in Texas and touts itself as America’s Hypercar. The F5 name is nod to the most powerful tornadoes rated on the Fujita scale, and for good reason – low weight, low drag, and a Texas-sized dose of turbocharged V-8 ponies at the rear wheels combine for a top speed predicted to eclipse 300 mph. Shots most definitely fired.

“We’ve designed F5 to be timeless so that in 25 years it will still have a level of performance and design that will be unmatched,” explains Hennessey Performance Engineering CEO and Founder, John Hennessey. We can’t wait to get a closer look at this thing, and we’re guessing you can’t either. Read on for the details.

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Is Hennessey Teasing Us About Something That The Venom F5 Just Did?

Is Hennessey Teasing Us About Something That The Venom F5 Just Did?

An announcement will come later today!

Ok, stop the presses for a second. As with teasers go, Hennessey has released an image suggesting that the Venom F5 supercar may have just accomplished the impossible. Look at the photo and the hint is clear: the Venom F5 may have just cracked the 300-mph top speed barrier. There’s no indication of it yet, bet the automaker said that an announcement is going to come shortly.

This is obviously big news. A bombshell, if you will. No production car has ever come close to reaching a top speed of 300 mph. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport came the closest when it clocked a top speed of 267.8 mph back in 2010. Depending on who you ask, other supercars, including the Venom, have also managed to get to those numbers. But 300 mph? It’s never been done before, which is why this suggestive teaser is all anybody’s talking about now. We’ve been hinted at by Hennessey that the Venom F5 - the successor to the Venom GT - is better in every way than it’s predecessor so it’s reasonable to at least think that it could challenge the Veyron Super Sport’s top speed record. The Venom F5 does have 1,451 horsepower at its disposal and Hennessey has already made bold claims that the F5 can exceed 290 mph on the gun. But 300 mph? Well, we’re going to have to wait to get an answer, but the good news is that an answer - hopefully, at least - will come within the day. If the Venom F5 does crack 300 mph, today, October 19, 2017, is going to be one of those days that we’ll all remember years and decades from now. Stay tuned.

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The Hennessey Venom F5 Wants To Destroy The Bugatti Chiron

The Hennessey Venom F5 Wants To Destroy The Bugatti Chiron

Boasts aside, the Texas-based automaker has proven that it’s words are worth their weight in gold

When a car company decides to name its hypercar after the most powerful class of tornado in the world, there’s a certain level of expectation that needs to be met. Fortunately, that company is Hennessey and it’s got big plans for its new creation, the Venom F5. We’ve all heard a lot about the Venom F5 and the company’s plan for the car to become the fastest and most powerful production car in the world. But now, John Hennessey and his boys are making it clear for all the world to hear: the Venom F5 is coming to eat the Bugatti Chiron.

Challenging the Chiron is a tall order in it of itself, but if there’s one company that’s proven to be up to the task of taking down the mighty Bugatti, it’s Hennessey. That sentiment doesn’t come with a tinge of hyperbole either because Hennessey has already done it in the past when the Venom F5’s predecessor, the Venom GT, broke the Veyron Super Sport’s production car top speed record when it clocked a top speed of 270.3 mph. Issues with its “production status” prevented the Venom GT from claiming the Veyron Super Sport’s record, but regardless of what the record books say, the supercar did break 270 mph. Now, Hennessey wants the Venom F5 to make the Chiron look like a bow-legged tortoise by comparison with a goal of approaching a top speed of around 300 mph. Say what you will about Hennessey’s ambitions, but it’s hard to dismiss it because the automaker has already proven so many people wrong with the Venom GT. Now that it’s the F5’s turn, look out, Bugatti.

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Steven Tyler's Hennessey Venom GT Spyder Fetches A Tidy Sum Auction

Steven Tyler’s Hennessey Venom GT Spyder Fetches A Tidy Sum Auction

Singer’s historic supercar sells for $800,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction

Steven Tyler has finally found a buyer for his Hennessey Venom GT Spyder. The front man of Aerosmith, who bought the first production Venom GT Spyder back in 2012, is now parting with his history-making supercar after the Venom GT Spyder fetched a cool $800,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scotsdale, Arizona over the weekend.

In addition to taking ownership of the 1,200-horsepower supercar, the winning bidder also gets a guitar signed by Tyler and his Aerosmith bandmates to go with a week’s vacation at the rock icon’s beach house in Maui. Not a bad deal, all things considered.

The guitar and the vacation are nice dressings, but the real highlight here is the Venom GT Spyder, which Tyler paid $1.1 million for back in 2012. It’s one of only five models that Hennessey built for the 2013 model year and it’s the very first convertible version of the American company’s supercar-slaying Venom GT supercar. Beyond the fact that it can spit out 1,200 horsepower and 1,155 pound-feet of torque, the Venom GT Spyder is capable of hitting 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 before peaking at an insane top speed of 270 mph. Record or not, that’s speed that’s going to make the new owner’s teeth melt.

All things considered, the $800,000 winning bid is going to a worthy cause as all proceeds from the auction of the Venom GT Spyder is going to Tyler’s own charity, Janie’s Fund, which helps support abused and neglected women. The final amount may not have approached the $1.1 million that Tyler was looking to get from the sale, but the amount is still significant enough to help out the beneficiaries of the auction.

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2017 Hennessey Venom GT Final Edition

2017 Hennessey Venom GT Final Edition

The last of the Venom GTs leaves a lasting legacy

If I told you that a company that’s best known in aftermarket circles was able to build a car that not only challenged the supercar establishment, but outright made everyone tremble in fear, would you believe me? The narrative certainly fits into something you’re more likely to trace back to a Hollywood screenwriter, but let me tell you something. It actually happened, and it happened as recently as 2011 when Hennessey announced plans to build a Lotus Elise-based, limited-run supercar. The tuner decided to call it the Venom GT and the rest, as they say, is history.

Fast forward to this year and it’s hard to imagine that the Hennessey Venom GT, one of the greatest supercars of the decade, is now prepared to make its final curtain call. No one’s going to say that the Venom GT was a commercial success – each model did cost in excess of $1 million – but where it lacked in volume, it more than made up for by setting one world record after another, including the fastest production car in the world, at least depending on who you ask.

Whatever the controversies surrounding the Venom GT were, nobody will deny that the supercar irrevocably changed the landscape of that segment in more ways than one. It proved that an aftermarket tuner like Hennessey was more than capable of staring down the Bugattis and Koenigseggs of the world without blinking. It proved that a car that was based on a separate car could write its own history. Most importantly, the Venom GT proved that it’s a car that will be remembered long after Hennessey sends it off into the sunset.

So here we are with Hennessey about to send off the Venom with its very own Final Edition model. The company only plans to build one model, and to no one’s surprise, it already has an owner. Seems fitting then that for a car whose legacy was always about leaving everything in its wake, the Venom GT Final Edition is now gone even before we knew anything about it.

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The Story Behind The Record Set By The Venom GT Spyder: Video

The Story Behind The Record Set By The Venom GT Spyder: Video

The struggle was real

It’s not very often that you come across a backstory that is just absolutely amazing. Well, just a few days ago, Hennessey Performance dropped a 10-minute video that details what it took to push the Venom GT Spyder to the limit with the top off. If you’ve followed Hennessey or the story of the Venom GT at all, you already know that it managed to hit 265.6 mph, but you don’t know how real the struggle was getting the car to that point.

I won’t ruin the video for you by breaking the whole story down, but I will say that it didn’t happen on the first or the second pass. And, for a little while, it didn’t look like the car would be able to break the 260-mph barrier at all. In the end, Hennessey’s team put their collective intelligence together and came up with a pretty shocking solution. To give you a couple of hints, the car hit 256.6 mph without using all available horsepower, and there is an oil change involved too. I know, the oil change thing sounds weird, but it’s true.

So, with that said, go ahead and click play on the video and enjoy the next 10 minutes of your life. It’s cool to hear the take from several different team members, plus all the footage of the Venom GT Spyder making those passes on NASA’s airstrip is pretty cool too. I’ll tell you one thing: After watching this video, I can’t wait to see what Hennessey has in store for us next.

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Steven Tyler's Hennessey Venom GT Spyder To Go Up For Auction

Steven Tyler’s Hennessey Venom GT Spyder To Go Up For Auction

Celebrity-owned American supercar could fetch a fortune

Four years after purchasing the first Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is finally ready to let go of his baby after announcing his plan to auction off the Venom GT Spyder. Bids are currently being accepted with the minimum bid price set at $1.1 million, the amount Tyler spent to purchase the car back in 2012.

While there’s no indication that the car will be sold, it does have a couple of things going for it. One is that it was legitimately owned by Tyler himself, who admitted to FoxNews that he once took it up to 140 mph, a speed that’s the equivalent of a yawn for the Venom GT Spyder. Second and more importantly is the fact that the Venom GT Spyder is well and truly regarded as the fastest American-made supercar in the world. The Lotus Exige-based supercar is powered by a Chevrolet-sourced 7.0-liter V-8 engine that spits out an incredible 1,200 horsepower and 1,155 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers alone allow the Venom GT Spyder to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds to go with a top speed of 275 mph.

It’s unclear how many miles Tyler tacked on the Venom GT Spyder and the car’s overall condition could determine whether it gets sold or not. Neither Tyler nor his representatives released details on that regard so it might be best to contact the singer’s charity, Janie’s Fund, to get the actual numbers. Speaking of Janie’s Fund, the charity that helps support abused and neglected girls will be the sole recipient of the Venom GT Spyder’s sale.

Anybody who’s interested in the car and would like to know more about it are free to contact richard.shaw@janiesfund.org to get the full details. Bids on the car will also be accepted through the same e-mail address.

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Hennessey Considering 1,000-HP All-Electric Venom GT

Hennessey Considering 1,000-HP All-Electric Venom GT

American tuning extraordinaire Hennessey has the habit of pushing the boundaries of supercar performance. The 1,451-horsepower Hennessey Venom GT is living proof of that. Soon enough, the Venom F5 will join the fray, which according to John Hennessey, will be capable of a top speed of 290 mph. But, neither the Venom GT nor the Venom F5 is the reason why the Texas-based company is making the headlines. Turns out, Hennessey is also working on another car, or to be more specific, a 1,000-horsepower all-electric supercar.

Hennessy bared those plans in a conversation with TopGear.com at the SEMA Auto Show. According to John H., the company has looked into the possibility of building such a car. The only concern at this point is how the company would be able to fit electric technology into a car while retaining the car’s lightweight characteristics. Hennessey himself made that point, saying that he’s only waiting for “batteries to become lighter and have more capacity” before his company dives straight into building the car.

One thing you can count on Hennessey to steer clear from are hybrids. That point was made pretty clear when he unequivocally voiced his lack of interest in building a hybrid supercar, despite the fact that Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren have all been hugely successful with the release of their own hybrid supercars. Hennessey admitted that what those companies did proved that it was possible to fit hybrid tech into a supercar. But, just because they did it, doesn’t mean he’s going to. In his own words, he’s sticking to a “Venom with an engine or as a straight electric.”

There’s still no specific timetable on when we can expect to see this all-electric supercar. But, if there’s one thing we’ve come to know about John Hennessey, he doesn’t speak out of turn for the sake of making headlines. When he says something, he means it.

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2016 Hennessey Venom GT

2016 Hennessey Venom GT

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.

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Goes From 0 to 185 MPH: Video

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Goes From 0 to 185 MPH: Video

Chevrolet’s latest Corvette Z06 has certainly stirred up its share of attention this year, and for good reason. It’s supercharged, 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 is a beastly engine laying out 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. When mated to Chevy’s all-new eight-speed automatic transmission, the Z06 is capable of hitting 60 mph in less than three seconds. But for some, that’s not fast enough.

Enter the aftermarket tuning scene. Many would argue that John Hennessey is one of the foremost tuners in the business, helping turn fast cars into ridiculous monsters.

That’s exactly the plan with this brand-new 2015 Corvette Z06, as Hennessey and his team of gearheads certainly have more power planned for its small-block V-8. But before the upgrades get bolted on, John takes the stock supercar for a test run.

There’s so much going on during this one-take video. All the gauges are doing their own dance, reading incrementally higher numbers as the car rockets down the track. That is, all the gauges except one. Take a look as the fuel gauge moves down a notch during the mile-long run, showing just how thirsty the direct-injected V-8 can be at full throttle.

John tops out at 185 mph, likely due to the Z06’s new downforce-inducing aerodynamics. Expect the extra power to help overcome that unofficial top speed and drop that 0-to-60 time. Just don’t expect the Z06 to get the EPA-estimated 23 mpg on the highway.

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XCAR Presents John Hennessey And The Venom: Video

XCAR Presents John Hennessey And The Venom: Video

What’s it mean to be the fastest? It means setting your sights beyond the best. It means coming up with something crazy, and actually making it work. It means taking a chance and running with it. For John Hennessey, it meant building the Venom.

Based out of an enormous warehouse 45 minutes west of Houston, TX, Hennessey Performance regularly makes some of the most badass sports even faster. A third are from Ford, a third are from GM, and the rest is a bit of everything else. However, the tuning shop is probably best known for creating the fastest production car on the planet.

The story of the Venom started in 2007, when Road&Track had a shootout to find the quickest car to 200 mph. One of the competitors in attendance was a 16.4 Bugatti Veyron, a favorite to win. But the Veyron was beaten by Hennessey’s twin-turbo Venom 1000 Viper, which took victory by four seconds. That left only one question.

“I thought, what’s next? What can we do to go faster?” Hennessey recollects. “And I thought, just adding horsepower isn’t always the answer. What can we do to build a lighter car?”

The answer was a joke – a Lotus with more than 1,000 horsepower mounted in back. But it went into production, and as it turns out, it’s no laughing matter.

Hearing Hennessey talk about his passion is great, but the real draw in this video is the record setting 270-mph run in the Venom. But the question remains – what’s next?

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2015 Hennessey Venom F5

2015 Hennessey Venom F5

You know that saying "when you’re at the top, there’s no other place to go but down?" Yeah, try telling that to Hennessey. The company that already has the fastest production car in the world (Guinness fails to certify it due to its crafty rules) in its stable is shooting for the stars with plans to develop evil in a vehicular form. The Texas-based company calls this evil on wheels the Venom F5.

Hennessey boss John Hennessey broke the news to Top Gear, gushing about the possibility of the Venom F5 hitting a top speed no other production car in the world has been able to attain. "I think something in the 290-mph range will be possible," Hennessey said.

The man apparently didn’t misspeak when he said "290 mph," which is all the indication you need to know that Mr. Hennessey has either lost his mind or he is determined to drive Bugatti insane with constant pressure from Texas. The Venom F5 name pretty much says it all. That "F5" nomenclature is a reference to the most powerful classification given to tornadoes, or in the case of the Venom, a destructive output of around 1,400 horsepower.

All these horses are reigned in by a single-clutch, paddle-shift transmission, not the Ricardo, six-speed manual found in the Venom GT. You can, however, opt for the manual, if you like.

Start quivering in your boots, Bugatti. It’s better to embrace the inevitable than continue fighting for your cause.

Updated 08/05/2014: Hennessey unveiled a handful of official details on the Venom F5. Check them out after the jump.

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