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Hennessey Venom GT clears its throat – Click above to watch the video after the break

It may look like a steroid-fueled Lotus Elise that's had a few too many trips to the gym – and we truly mean that in the very best way possible – but this latest video proves there's no mistaking the fact that it ain't powered by no wimpy four-cylinder engine sourced from Toyota.

Yes, of course we already knew that the Hennessey Venom GT is powered by a 6.2-liter LS9 V8 as used in the Corvette ZR1 in one of three force-fed configurations: the base supercharged mill with 725 horsepower and 741 pound-feet of torque and a pair of twin turbocharged beasts that put out 1,000 hp and 1,200 hp. (See a dyno video here.)

But upon hearing this sucker start up and clear its pipes, even the mighty ZR1 cowers in the corner with its supercharged tail tucked firmly between its legs. It's a modern-day Shelby Cobra, complete with its British-sourced chassis and big, burly American V8 power. We can hardly wait to see the Venom GT with our own eyes next week at the 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Check out the 360-degree walkaround video after the break.

[Source: YouTube]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hate the guy or not, this is one bad ride...........that you can't deny.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's what I was thinking. Putting aside all the bad things we've heard, that thing is badass.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honest to God, I don't care if I were one of the most wealthy men on earth, I still wouldn't buy anything from Hennessey. That includes this stretched Elise with a monster motor.

      Hennessey is a crook, therefore his business is shady.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If we're talking top American tuners (not manufacturers) I'd pick Roush. They provide good products with good support. I'd say that Shelby was at top of the game once, but he's cheapened his name too much by sticking it on anyone that'd give him a buck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Elmo

        "THE top American tuner"? Are you kidding???

        You must be a Hennessey employee.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        I see that you're basing that on your own opinion. Show me another American tuner that brings in as much money as Hennessey does. Oh, that's right, you can't. Saleen has lost money, as well as business, ever since the company was sold last year. They lost even more when the founder, Steve Saleen, left the company to start SMS Supercars.

        So please, if it's possible, show me a tuner that brings in more money than Hennessey does. Show me a tuner that tunes as many cars as Hennessey does (43 different cars just to let you know). So until you can show me both, please don't act like you know more than you really do.

        Oh and no, I'm not. I just know my facts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Elmo

        "So please, if it's possible, show me a tuner that brings in more money than Hennessey does."

        Overcharging for a product will have that effect.

        Charging $1,000,000 for a stretched Elise with a big motor in it will bring in a lot of money. Especially considering that he is using nearly all off the shelf major components aside from the stretched chassis and snail for the GM motor.

        Just because someone is making a lot of money doesn't mean they are the best. I think you are getting this confused.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You don't research much do you? Either that, or you just can't admit when you're wrong.

        See, there you go again basing everything on your own opinion. You're basing the overcharging thing on the price of this Venom GT when you've not once seen the prices of their products for other cars.

        You also totally missed the point I was trying to make while ignoring and beating around my request. Hennessey brings in more business and more money THAN ANY OTHER AMERICAN TUNER. They bring in more money because they do higher end cars than any other American tuner in the nation (excluding UnderGround Racing). So again, until you show me a different American tuner that brings in more business, more money, and has tuning programs for 43 different cars, please do not act like you know everything. Also, show me another American tuner that has tuning programs for some of the highest end cars in the world (also excluding UnderGround Racing). That's including Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Porsches.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty impressive car, but I it impresses me about the same as the S7 did. Both are sheer beasts when it comes to performance and they are undeniably among the fastest production cars to ever come from the US (and both cars look the part pretty well too), but I'm not as impressed as I am when I think of the Veyron or One 77 or even the GT-R. It's like the difference between closing a Honda door made from the 90s and one made today. Both are well built and do the job just fine, but there's that gap in engineering advancements that you just notice. And maybe I'm just crazy, but I'd much rather have an Exige with a built NA K20 in it than this thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What does it cost again? 1 million dollars? HOW?
      elise - 50gs
      ZR1 - 100k (though he just used the engine)
      Outlandishly over priced exotic twin turbo setup - 20g
      Adds up to about 1/5th of the asking price

      Plus this guys a tuner from houston, Texas not the best and brightest from VW. And this is no veyron
        • 4 Years Ago
        It doesn't add up. It doesn't add up because Hennessey is a crook.

        A used Veyron, Ultimate Aero, S7, etc would all be a better choice than this. You can also be sure that those companies will still be here in 10 years, or will be willing to fix a problem if one arises down the road.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ GuitarHero666

        The "engineering" doesn't even come close to justifying the price tag. One MILLION dollars? If he made the vehicle from scratch, that is a different story.

        There are better performing vehicles out there for less that have most prestige as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not that easy to take one chassis, stretch it and put a bigger engine. You need...ehem...engineering.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah you're right, us hay-seeds here in Houston don't know 'nutin bout engineerin' what with NASA and being the oil capital of the world. I'd much rather have have Gunter, lead engineer on the ash tray of a Polo working my car. You D-Bag.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does the exhaust sound more suited to a muscle car than an exotic car. I know that's a potent engine, but it just doesn't have a million dollar exhaust sound. Head down to the local cruise-in and you'd be hard pressed not to hear something similar. If I'm spending a million dollars it better have 10 or more cylinders ( or at least sound like it in the case of McLaren )
      • 4 Years Ago
      and they still don't run with my little Exige in the canyons....
      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing is such a BEAST
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn, that is one nice "modified Elise".

      • 4 Years Ago

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      • 4 Years Ago
      argggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh another tuned car to rival the mighty Bugatti !!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Doesn't sound as good as I thought it would...

      not that it matters because I don't feel like being Henne-screwed.
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