• Aug 12, 2009

Hennessey Venom GT - Click above for high-res image gallery

It's been two long years since John Hennessey announced plans to build his very own supercar, and we were beginning to wonder if it was ever going to happen. Apparently, Hennessey's plans are still a go as the Texas tuner just announced through its newsletter that the Venom GT will make its official public debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Since the initial press release, Hennessey has made a few changes to the car's proposed specs. Listed curb weight has dropped from 2700 to 2400 lbs and the engine is now a "Hennessey V8" rather than a twin-turbo Viper V10. Power rating is "up to 1,200 bhp" rather than the initially stated 1,000 and top speed has been listed as 272 mph. No matter what the final specifications, it sounds like the Venom GT will be sure to impress.



[Source: Hennessey Performance Engineering]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope it doesn't look like that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Crook!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here we go again with Hennessey. This guy's PR dept seems much better at doing their job than his customer service dept.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fast enough to outrun paying customers!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll believe it when I see it....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Autoblog never listens to its readers.

      1-- HOW DO I MAKE THAT THING ON THE HOMEPAGE STAY CLOSED?!?!?

      2-- Every single post about this guy leads to a ton of comments about his bad business practices. Yet you guys never ever mention these in your (repeated) postings about him, actually portraying him in a fair light. I understand your need to post all the news, but shouldn't you at least include both sides? How much does Hennessey pay you guys??
        • 5 Years Ago
        For those of you who want BALANCED news, a quick googling led me to this post about Hennessey's business practices: http://www.vadriven.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5418

        I'm sure others who are more familiar with the matters can provide more recent updates on his shady activities.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I love when I don't even need to argue with people, because their comments are stupid enough on their own.

        "You don't like it don't read it and move on."

        "Like I said, stop crying. And just a recommendation- take your own advice."

        Wow can you be more of a hypocrite? You contradicted yourself so clearly within 4 sentences. That takes a certain kind of stupid.

        Take your own advice-- you don't like it don't read it and move on. Stop crying about my comments.
        • 5 Years Ago
        some1:

        Apparently you don't understand what crying is. Telling someone to shut up =/= crying (see first comment- doesn't complain, doesn't do anything other than telling him to shut his trap- after all, it is a worn out, tired argument that won't change a blessed thing). Defending your stance on something =/= crying. Complaining about an article related to a car not including the dirt on the guy producing it = crying.

        Hennessey's business practices are irrelevant- this article is about a concept car from his company, not a court hearing. If you're going to take up that stance, then maybe AB should kick some dirt onto all the shady dealerships related to whichever car company any particular article may deal with- it's pointless. If he does something screwed up, I'm sure they'll cover it, but they're going to stick to the topic at hand. What is the topic at hand? The "Hennessey Venom GT"- not business practices. Your wishes for some sort of disclaimer are null- AB doesn't advertise, they report.

        So- as I said to Phooky: stop crying- unless, of course you want to continue with this nonsense.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL what a joke

        so you think that when you tell someone to shut up you aren't crying? nice...

        your crying, get over it. Autoblog reports shady crap all the time, and they report bias material like any other news outlet... everyone here is just wondering why so positive about this man.

        you can define crying in your own words all you want, so as to deflect any notion that your being a hypocrite, but your crying, he was crying, and now im crying over your comments(aside from the dirt bag this artical is about)...

        every artical that is posted on autoblog about this man is going to contain a massive amount of postings countering the positive press he gets, yet doesn't deserve. You can CRY about this fact all you want, but it will not change. so why are you fighting it?

        and i know his media attention wont change either, he will continue to be looked at in a positive light, for his "awesome" cars, that he fails to actually make. But at least with these posts, people can warn others before they get screwed.

        you see, my(and others) crying protects people from getting into a bad business situation...
        your crying... well... does nothing really.
        • 5 Years Ago
        your both crying...

        the only difference is phooky doesn't have a problem with it

        and

        Mr Clickerson is being a hypocrite.

        The constant spamming of this guy on every post is a good thing, the man doesn't deserve any attention, and considering that autoblog is biased to support him, the postings balance it out.

        YOU may not care, but im sure anyone reading these articals, that was intending to buy something from him, will be thankful.

        i personally would like to know someone is a piece of dirt before doing any buisness with him. I like how Autoblog brings of alot of interesting facts, some nice, others not, but for the one man who deserves to get smeared every time his name is posted, they sure are lacking in this area.

        so how bout you just let people post what they want, because to some, its actually welcome/helpful
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just as no one is forcing you to read this article. You don't like it don't read it and move on. Everyone knows about Hennessey's "bad business practices"- it's spammed all over every Hennessey article, but even then, the business practices are irrelevant since they have nothing to do with the CAR.

        Like I said, stop crying. And just a recommendation- take your own advice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "What a joke"

        Describes your post perfectly... I guess I'm going to have to be the bigger man and end this. If you want to carry on by yourself, you can just look at my previous posts and continue your little circle. Have a nice day- hope you don't cry too much after this; I know, the truth hurts, but if you just accept the fact that you're wrong, it's not that bad.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's a difference between crying and telling someone to shut up. You're complaining- I'm telling you to shut up- rather than not replying, you start going on about how I don't have to read it; see: my first comment.

        BTW:

        Take my own advice? "My advice" was what you were trying to tell me about your comments. I merely redirected it at you about the article.

        You're right... Contradicting yourself does take some kind of stupid. I'll see if you can figure out where you screwed yourself.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Honestly... Who's crying? This commenting system was implemented to let the readers voice our opinions. If you have a problem with that, don't read em. No one's forcing you to.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Honestly... Stop crying.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you don't see the Lotus Exige influences, you're a fool. That thing even has the same engine cover design.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah, I can believe what you're saying...I just find it a little absurd that the people who make this car aren't even hinting at the obvious and giving an explanation. When Dodge showed their eV concept, they stated that the body was from Lotus. When Tesla showed their Elise based car, it wasn't even too obvious btw, they said it was an Elise. Now this company with a car obviously mimicking the Exige doesn't even state the reason for the similarities, I find that just a bit distasteful.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Martial,

        That would make sense If not, then Hennessy basically has no creativity whatsoever and just photoshoped a direct copy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm merely speculating here, but perhaps that actually IS an Exige body. We all know Lotus is open to selling car bodies to small manufacturers a la Tesla Roadster. Why spend all your money developing a new platform for a miniscule-production supercar when you can just buy a brilliant one that already exists? Hennessey's bread and butter is slapping a 'charger, body kit, and wheels on existing cars, anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The designer for the Elise drew those sketches...calm yourselves. As far as his poor practices is irrelevant to the actual reporting for his plans, he might rip everyone off, it doesn't stop people from reporting what he's doing as long as people get a reaction out of it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing sounds like a surefire way to get a test driver killed
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's made out of spare customer car parts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ARRGGGG Hennessey BAD!
      How does this guy stay in business.
      Autoblog must get tons of cash from him.

      I heard once that he snuck into a guys garage, stole the engine out of his Viper and replaced it with a 3 cylinder Geo motor.

      Ok, now that that's out of the way.

      This is a pretty good looking car, and if he can pull it off and break 270 MPH he'll have himself a legend.
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol at the Geo motor. I hope that really didn't happen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it's going to be debut in Geneva there is no denying that the body of the car is built by Lotus....
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