• Nov 6, 2010
Hennessey Venom GT at Cars and Coffee - Click above for high-res image gallery

The crowd of automotive fanatics at Cars and Coffee in Irvine, CA rarely gets too excited about a car. Everything from concept cars to pre-production models to dozens of supercars are fairly commonplace at the weekly gathering. Ferraris and Lamborghinis roll by without eliciting a second glance from onlookers, and even the mighty Bugatti Veyron only attracts minimal attention. It takes something unique car get everyone's blood pumping at the most jaded car show on Earth. Which brings us to the the Hennessey Venom GT.

Before today, the car had yet to be publicly seen on U.S. soil, so its appearance at Cars and Coffee was a North American debut of sorts. The initial plan was to show the car at SEMA earlier this week, but delays at customs prevented the car from getting to Las Vegas in time.

To say that the Venom GT attracted attention is a huge understatement. The second the Hennessey crew rolled the car off the trailer and lifted the engine cover to expose the twin-turbo V8, a crowd of inquisitive car geeks formed, drooling over each and every detail of the bodywork.

We try and make it to Cars and Coffee more often than not, but sometimes the lure of a cozy warm bed at 6:00 AM on a Saturday morning makes it just too easy to hit the snooze button. When news came that the Hennessey Venom GT would be making an appearance, we made sure we set our alarm clocks (plus a few backups as well) and joined the rest of the early-risers to see the car in person. We came away with quite a bounty of photographs, which you can see in the high-res gallery below.



Photos copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips / AOL


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      • 4 Years Ago
      . . . still looks like a Lotus Elise on steroids.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like a stretched Exige.

      And on a side note, I wonder if those tires even have air in them. They look like they are 10 or 20 series.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It IS a stretched Exige. Did you really expect an Exige stretched to fit an LS9 to look THAT much different than a regular Exige?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tire - Front 235/30/20 Michelin PS2
        Tire - Rear 335/30/20 Michelin PS2
        Wheel - Front 8.5 x 20 in
        Wheel - Rear 12.5 x 20 in
        • 4 Years Ago
        And here I go answering my own question. They do have air. But I do think they dont look good being such a low profile. Well, the fronts anyway. The rears look more normal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      meh, looks kind of bland






      /sarcasm
      • 4 Years Ago
      Silver Batmobile.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah, except hennessey is a villain and not a good guy. he stole many thing, from many people. and autoblog puts him up as some super guy. sickening.
        • 4 Years Ago
        scobert: Knowing what you know about Mr. H, and you're so damned sickened by AB's actions, why do you still post here?

        Dude, half of the people in the world are crooks, the other half are victims.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like tuned Lotus Exige...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Of course it's Lotus-sourced. Pretty much from the beginning they said they were modifying a Lotus Exige so they could fit an LS9 in there. It's just gotten old hearing people act surprised when a modified Lotus Exige still looks like an Exige.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Please tell me this is sarcasm. Otherwise, you are a Grade A moron.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not a variation of the Lotus Exige? You could have fooled me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Was thinking the same thing. Super Exige with a stretch job.
        I like it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Cobra was just a tuned AC Ace.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd hit it!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is just something about the front tires that bothers me; the rubber is just too low profile for my tastes, I think.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did the Lotus folks loss a bet and that allowed this car to steal their design?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, Hennessey openly says that they used the exige as a base car on their website.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait for some track driving impressions from pros and journalists. I suspect this car will not suffer foolish drivers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I drew something very similar to this when is 9. My wheel wells were much smaller and tires much thicker of course.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's an amazing creation, but I'd like to see how it actually performs. I hope it has an invincible transmission and some ridiculously sticky tires, or 1200hp isn't worth much.

      Has Hennessey proven this car's performance credentials, or is it all just for show?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The car looks much different when you see it in person.
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