In 2010, Hennessey rolled out the Venom GT to take on the Bugatti Veyron with half the number of cylinders, 670kg lighter and 243 more horsepower. The twin-turbo 6.9-litre Chevy V8 in the Venom GT is capable of 1244hp, which equates to 1 horsepower for every kilogram of mass. A figure currently unmatched by any road-legal production car until the next-generation Bugatti Veyron arrives in 2013.
Now, the Texas based tuner is planning for an even more extreme version, called the Venom GT2. Replacing the old engine in the original Venom GT will be a new Chevy-sourced twin-turbo 7.0-litre V8 with a maximum output in excess of 1,500hp. A six-speed manual or a seven-speed twin-clutch sequential transmission send power to the rear wheels.
For you maths major, the Venom GT2 will have around 1.2 horsepower per kilogram of mass, enough to propel the light-weight supercar from standstill to 100 kph in less 2.5 seconds and on to an expected top speed of around 420 kph. But what’s astonishing is the Venom GT2 is capable of sprinting from 0 to 322 kph in a Veyron crushing 15.3 seconds!
The official renderings of the Venom GT2 reveal the new model’s “double-bubble” roof to improve headroom for its occupants. The doors now swing upwards ala McLaren MP4-12C style while redesigned LED headlights replace the Elise-like ones. The rest of the design will remain unchanged.
The Hennessey Venom GT2 will have a price tag of a whopping US$ 1.2 million when it enters limited production in 2014. More details forthcoming in the later part of 2013.