There's gilding the lily, and then there is this: An open-air version of Hennessey's 1,200-horsepower Venom GT supercar.

The Venom GT Spyder turns up the wick on its hardtop sibling to the tune of an additional $150,000, with a base price starting at $1.1 million. That's a pretty steep charge for a removable roof panel, although Hennessey Performance Engineering CEO Don Goldman says Venom GT Spyder buyers will also get "an even greater driving sensation." While we have yet to see official specifications or an order sheet for the Spyder, we imagine seeing "Extra wind and sound from the twin-turbo V8" listed under standard equipment. Regardless, we know which one we'd take the keys to if given the opportunity: This Vitamin D special.

Hennessey says it has already received orders for two of the five Venom GT's it will build for the 2013 model year. So if you're in the market for one of the remaining three cars, now you have a choice. Click past the jump for the press release.
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Texas Supercar Goes Topless for 2013

SEALY, TEXAS - Hennessey Performance (HPE) will offer it's ultra lightweight supercar with a removable roof. Dubbed the Venom GT Spyder, Hennessey's 1200 horsepower, 1200 kilo, mid-engine monster will offer an extra dose of wind and sound when driven without the top.

"With the hardtop in place, the Venom GT offers a very visceral, raw, driving experience", says company CEO, Don Goldman. "With the hardtop removed, the wind and the growl of the twin turbo V8 will offer our clients an even greater driving sensation."

HPE will build just five Venom GTs for the 2013 model year, two of which have already been ordered. Deliveries will begin in the summer of 2012. Clients can purchase either model: the Venom GT - with a fixed hardtop roof, or the Venom GT Spyder - with the new removable top. Base pricing for the Venom GT is $950,000. The Venom GT Spyder is priced at $1.1 million.

"We are excited to be able to offer an open-air American supercar, built in Texas, that provides the best power to weight ratio available on the market," says company founder, John Hennessey. "Simply put, the Venom GT Spyder is defined by its simplicity, elegance, performance and - for a lucky few - a driving experience like nothing else on Earth."

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      I have to agree with everyone on this one. Do we really need a car like this? I guess its a good way to get rid of rich dudes. How could this thing have any grip with 1200HP? You would neeed to be a pro driver just to go down the highway safely.The car does look mean and would not kick it out of bed, but I guess there is just a side of me that says "Too much"
      Alonzo Alex Clark
      • 3 Years Ago
      this thing is insane .... 1.1mill i think ill just wait for the DLC on Forza and GT5
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't this the Project 8 built by delta motorsports in the UK? Pretty much just a stretched lotus with a TT V8 out of the ZR1 right?..... and it is over a million USD?
        Mike B
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes it is, but is sold by Hennessy, pretty much like the S7 was done mostly by RML Group and sold by Saleen.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not a stretched Lotus. Bespoke chassis with Lotus cabin area components.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This makes the Veyron SS a steal in comparison. A luxury hypercar that will do 260mph+ and is designed for it. Compared to a photoshopped exige with a LS series TT V8 on some chassis.
        Miguro Takahashi
        • 3 Years Ago
        Completely agree, the Bugatti is definitely a more trustworthy car at this price-level. Plus you get a warranty from VW. Hennessey does some amazing work especially on Vettes and Camaros but the fact that they build and tune the engine and powertrain components in Texas and then send it to the UK where they use a super lightweight Lotus based chassis, doesn't make me feel confident of blasting this thing at over 200+mph and living to tell about it.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Miguro Takahashi
          OH. MY. GOD! Seriously, IT IS NOT A LOTUS-BASED CHASSIS! The chassis is car exclusive. The only thing related to the Lotus is the mid-section of the car, which is the cabin area. There are NO Lotus parts underneath this car. How many times do I have to say this? By the way, Hennessey offers warranties on every car they tune and/or sell at turnkey.
      Jorge Duran
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's nice, I guess. Let's hope that the extra 150K go towards more than just removing the roof.
      • 3 Years Ago
      the one in yellow is a killer. i'll sell my veyron for
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      I'm not really impressed by these hyper cars anymore. Of course it's fast. It costs $1.1 effing million! It better be fast!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Holy crap what does it take to impress you?
      Pj Taintz
      • 3 Years Ago
      its not that he wanted to go topless, he just ran out of parts to steal to finish the cars!
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not a big fan of Henessey, and find his tuning work clearly over hyped by all automotive media compared to the hundreds of similar aftermarket performance shops out there. But really, enough with the "WTF is this crook doing on Autoblog? How much has HPE paid them?". The cars do pull some impressive numbers, and Henessey Vipers are pretty legendary. And I much rather hear 10 stories about 700-1200hp V8 monster machines than 100 stories about nonfunctional EV city car concepts, sales figures for the most widespread blandmobiles, and other stuff that simply doesnt merit me reading/watching. And I think this Venom GT is good enough to be a fully in house accredited supercar, and not just an aftermarket Lotus. I dont hear many complaints that a 9ff GT9R or RUF CTR3 is just a tuned 911, because we all know those tuning companies are also bespoke manufacturers. The Venom probably only has a few (elongated) body panels and platform bits left from the Lotus, it isnt simply a guy in a garage managing to stuff a V8 into an Exige with no other changes. This will likely challenge the Veyron SS speed record, and by challenge I mean absolutely destroy. I dont think anyone should mind such an awesome car getting a spot on this site.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        I agree, i remember when AB posted tons of henessey articles.
      • 3 Years Ago
      LF-A anyday of the week and still save over $600,000.
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        Don't you mean, "over priced Supra" anyday of the week and still save over $600,000 It's not what it can do all the time, however the execution. Both are fast. I think this thing would'nt have a problem with that Toyota, however look at the body work on this peice of art, although still being a Lotus on roids. It is beautiful and bad ass at the same time. The Supra is uuhhh, well...Well it's ok.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bitch all you want about Hennessey but that is the sexiest photo/photoshop of this car yet.
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