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Incredible Hennessey Venom GT Spyder announced

Takes 'wind in your hair' to all new speeds...

Hennessey Performance have released the first image and details for the Venom GT Spyder, the open top variant of their Venom GT supercar.

The GT Spyder features a twin-turbo V8 with 1,200 bhp and a scarcely believable 1,135 lb/ft of torque. It enables the 1200 kg supercar to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.4 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 272 mph.

The Venom GT and GT Spyder are based on the Lotus Exige as the styling would suggest, but with almost every component changed. What Hennessey end up with is one of the most dramatic looking supercars ever.

"With the hardtop in place, the Venom GT offers a very visceral, raw, driving experience", comments Hennessey CEO, Don Goldman. "With the hardtop removed, the wind and the growl of the twin turbo V8 will offer our clients an even greater driving sensation."

It will certainly do that. We can't be sure that the top speed is still 272 mph with the roof off, but it will definitely be a visceral experience finding out. Most will think that the Venom GT Spyder is all about brutal acceleration, but Hennessey Performance have managed to hone the handling as well, so that it won't try to kill you at every turn. Make no mistake though; this will not be a supercar for the feint hearted. The Venom GT Coupe has been performance tested and come back with a staggering 0-200 mph time of 15.9 seconds. A Bugatti Veyron takes 24 seconds to do the same.

The Hennessey Venom GT deliveries will commence in the summer of 2012 with a total of only 5 Coupe or Spyder vehicles planned for production during the 2013 model year. Pricing for the coupe is set at $950,000 whereas the Spyder will cost $1.1 million.

But just to put all those performance stats in perspective, see below for a video of the Venom GT going from 70-215mph. Amazing stuff, particularly when you can hear it wheelspinning somewhere between 180 and 200 mph...

Images and video courtesy of Hennessey Performance

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more