The Hennessey Venom GT is far and away my favorite hypercar, but I guess Hennessey engineers thought it wasn’t quite cool enough last year. This is evidenced by the insanely powerful 2016 Venom GT that it unveiled at SEMA.
This updated version of the Lotus Exige-based hypercar takes what the Hennessey Venom GT had and pushes things to a new level. It still features the same 7.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 as the 2015 Venom GT, but Hennessey has given it the ability to run on E85 Flexfuel. This minor change allows Hennessey to pump the boost pressure from 19 psi to 26 psi.
This increase in boost pushes the power to 1,451 horsepower at 7,200 rpm, which is a 207-horsepower increase over the 2015 Venom GT’s output. This extra power drops the Venom GT’s 0-to-60 time from 2.7 to 2.4 seconds and its 0-to-100 time from 5.6 seconds to 4.4 seconds. What’s more, its quarter-mile time falls from 9.92 seconds to 9.4 seconds, its world-record 13.63-second run from 0-to-300 km/h falls significantly to just 10.9 seconds, and its hypercar world record 14.51-second 0-to-200 mph time falls from 14.51 seconds to just 12.8 seconds.
Driving fast is great, but handling is also a necessity. This SEMA-bound Venom GT comes with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and a GPS-based traction control system to help in the handling department. Also helping out is the super-light 2,743-pound curb weight.
Hennessey did not reveal when the updated Venom GT will be available, but it did mention that it will be very limited, as most of its focus is on the upcoming Venom F5.