Hennessey Performance Engineering dropped its top today when it unveiled the latest addition to its ludicrously fast Venom GT lineup, the Hennessey Venom GT Spyder. The Venom GT Spyder carries on the tradition of the Venom GT by offering a massive 1200-hp American V-8 in a lightweight British body.
Texas-based Hennessey didn’t just take a Sawzall to a standard Venom GT and call it a day. Rather, it has engineered the Venom GT Spyder to have an easily-removable hardtop. Hennessey CEO Don Goldman said, “With the hardtop in place, the Venom GT offers a very visceral, raw, driving experience. With the hardtop removed, the wind and the growl of the twin turbo V-8 will offer our clients an even greater driving sensation.”
That twin-turbo V-8 Goldman speaks of is of course a modified twin-turbo 6.2-liter LS9 V-8 from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. Under the Venom GT Spyder’s gold-lined hood, the LS9 produces a staggering 1200-hp and 1155 lb-ft of torque. Hennessey President and founder John Hennessey told us that he believes the Venom GT is capable of hitting 275 mph, making it the fastest car in the world – he’s just got to find a place big enough to prove it.
Hennessey will build five Venom GT Spyders – two of which are already spoken for. As expected, the Venom GT Spyder’s price is a bit dearer than the $950,000 base price of the Venom GT Coupe, at $1.1 million. We’re sure Dr. Evil is on the waiting list.