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2013 HENNESSEY VENOM GT | December 31, 2011

The brutally powerful and beautiful Hennessey Venom GT became a successful model in a very short time and Hennessey is hoping to repeat that success with an open top version of the same sports car. The new Hennessey Venom GT Spyder will be offered with a removable top and will only be produced in a limited run of five units, two of which have already been spoken for. Deliveries will begin in Summer 2012 and prices will start from $1.1 million, about $150,000 more than the Coupe’s top version.

The Venom GT Spyder will be powered by the same Chevy V8 engine found in the Coupe with an output of 1,200 HP at 6,500 rpm and 1,155 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. Because of the chassis reinforcement required and subsequent added weight from the removable roof, performance numbers should be a tad bit slower than the Coupe, which sprints from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and to 200 mph in 15.9 seconds, on its way up to a top speed of 275 mph. The engine will more than likely send its power to the rear wheels via a Ricardo 6-speed gearbox and handling will be facilitated by a KW variant three-adjustable coilover suspension.

The Venom GT Spyder will start off with the Lotus Elise base and will follow along the same extreme design lines as its Coupe sibling. I imagine it will also feature the same active aero system with adjustable rear wing that will deploy under varying conditions on both the road and racetrack. “With the hardtop in place, the Venom GT offers a very visceral, raw, driving experience,” said 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.” The 1,200 HP will make the Venom GT Spyder the most powerful convertible in the world. Will it also be the fastest? I believe it’s got a shot, but Hennessey will have to keep that 275 mph top speed intact.

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