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Hennessey previews the 2013 Venom GT

Ever thought 1200bhp wasn't quite enough?

We seriously doubt that there has ever been the case where someone has driven the 1200 bhp Hennessey Venom GT and commented “Nice, but it could do with another 300 bhp…”

But in the ever increasing quest for hypercar supremacy, Hennessey has decided to upgrade the Venom GT for 2013 with a fresh new look to the front end and some serious performance increases.  Now packing a 7.0 litre twin turbocharged V8 producing an incredible 1500 bhp, the 2013 Venom GT is expected to weigh around 1400 kg, giving it an incredible power to weight ratio of over 1000 bhp/tonne. To put that into perspective, the Bugatti Veyron Supersport only manages 654 bhp/tonne and the Koenigsegg Agera R is barely pushing 800 bhp/tonne. Very impressive numbers.

There are no performance details as yet, but expect seriously quick numbers. 0 – 62 mph should come up in under 3 seconds if the RWD chassis can find grip, 0 – 100 mph should be easily sub-6 seconds and top speed will be north of 260 mph. The power will go through a 6-speed manual gearbox or a new optional 7-speed paddle shift transmission.

There are a few changes to the looks of the Venom GT too, such as the new front end featuring a redesigned intake and splitter arrangement and a set of bespoke headlights replacing the Lotus ones. The doors now have a dihedral opening, much like those on the Lamborghini Aventador while the roof now has a Zagato-esque double-bubble setup which improves headroom. Given that the basis of the Venom GT is still a Lotus Exige (although barely anything remains of the Lotus), headroom was always an issue for those wanting to wear a helmet for track use.

We’ll bring you more details when they arrive, but we really look forward to seeing more images and performance details of this insane US Hypercar.

Images 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