• Apr 12th 2010 at 9:38AM
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Hennessey Venom GT – Click above for high-res image gallery

You might say the American automotive industry is divided into two groups: The Big Three, and the rest. That latter category might include up-and-comers like Tesla, niche manufacturers like SSC, as well as super-modifiers like Hennessey and wannabes like DiMora. Those last two are hoping to break out obscurity with high-end offerings of their own, and have teamed up along the way to make it happen.

After decades of tuning Vipers and 'Vettes, Hennessey recently debuted the new Venom GT, a of Lotus on 'roids with a supercharged Corvette LS9 V8 mounted amidship. It can be ordered, starting at around $600,00, with 725, 1,000 or even 1,200 horsepower. Sounds exactly right for the Middle East, doesn't it?

To that effect, Hennessey has signed DiMora – the effort behind the vaporware Natalia SLS super-sedan – to sell the Venom GT in the Middle East and in India, two burgeoning markets for rich toys like this one.

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Sharp looking car but $600K seems rather heavy IMO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Then again reading this article it seems to make sense.

      "To that effect, Hennessey has signed DiMora – the effort behind the vaporware Natalia SLS super-sedan – to sell the Venom GT in the Middle East and in India, two burgeoning markets for rich toys like this one."

      Sell a hugely overpriced vehicle to people who know nothing about cars just because they have money. Genius. You know a car company has gone wrong when the money gets in the way of the vehicle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        People in the Middle East certainly know about cars. It's questionable what they do to modify them (do you really have to gold plate *everything*?), but they still know what's what.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. As far as I know people only buy Hennessey machines because what they've made so far has been American Muscle cars with a sh!t ton of HP crammed in them. Who wants a heavily modded Lotus? for $550,000 over the price of the original machine. Biggest mistake I've ever seen. I hope they go broke from it.

      Why get this, when you could have a RUF CTR3 for $510,000....$90,000 less from a company you know is quality, and without a doubt is a better looking car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For Hennessey to be this far into the process, there must be tangible interest in this car to justify all of this.
      If I had $600k? I wouldn't...well, I don't have $600k so I don't know what I would do otherwise, but I probably wouldn't buy this "Lotus".
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I had the money, I would be willing to part ways with $200K. But $600K!? Absolute madness.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whoever runs Hennessey must be absurdly delusional. I guess he could con a few people out of 600k for a 50k lotus with a corvette engine, but unless he's as well connected as Madoff, I highly doubt he'll succeed. Seems perfect that he's teaming up with another con-man from the Middle East.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I had $600k to blow on a vehicle, I'd buy a Mercedes S65 AMG, a Range Rover Supercharged, a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, and a lot of gas. I think I'd pretty much be set. And I wouldn't be an accessory to grand larceny.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Autoblog, could you please do us a favor and give us a Hennessey Free Feed, much like your sister sites have done for iphone/ipad etc...

      Thanks, your readers...
      • 5 Years Ago
      ARGH! We don't care 'bout Hennessey and his homologated machines built from the remnants of previous customers
        • 5 Years Ago
        So he's now exporting his customers parts overseas...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey Autoblog, I don't know if you've noticed yet, but the haters of Hennessey's work far outnumbers the lovers.

      This reminds me of Car And Driver with BMW, except for the fact that some people actually like BMW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ANOTHER Hennessey article. Yay!

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