Hennessey Performance – that purveyor of things silly-powerful – has announced a sequel to its bonkers Lotus-based Venom GT, the appropriately sequential Venom GT2. While the performance company isn't quite ready to release full technical details about the new car, it has supplied us with a few of the vitals, as well as a gallery's worth of first-look eye-candy.

The GT2 seeks to trump the horsepower output of the Venom GT in a major way, upping the total pony count to 1,500 versus the older car's paltry 1,200 hp. That heroic output is produced by a 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, and is attainable running plebian E85 pump gas – like a boss. The 1,500-hp figure is significant, too, as it represents one horsepower for each kilogram of weight the car carries.

Other additions for the Venom GT2 include an available seven-speed "paddle shift transmission" of unknown origin, a bump in headroom thanks to the double-bubble roof and aero improvements that drop the CofD from 0.44 to 0.42.

Look for this unmitigated beast of a hypercar to make its official debut late in 2013.

UPDATE: This just in from John Hennessey regarding the 2014 Venom GT2. We're told that the car will carry a sticker price of $1.25 million to start, and that the optional seven-speed paddle-shift transmission will be a $165,000 option. Further, Hennessey will continue to sell both the Venom GT and the Venom GT2 – the new car is not a replacement for the older, in other words.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Sweet, So a bullshit number gets turned up to 11. Or 1500 in this case. Got to ask.... If VW spent millions trying to get enough cooling into the Veyron for its mere 1000hp.... Where is this thing putting all the hundreds of pounds of radiators and oil coolers for its 50% more power? Oh yah, Its not. It doesn't HAVE 1500hp, and it can't even use its full power for more than a short burst without setting itself on fire. Plus I want to see the fuel system for 1500hp on E85. Garden hose might work if they only run one line from the fuel tank. MIGHT. If you want to see real 1500hp... look at a drag car. Two turbos the size of your head. A intercooler the size of a fat man's torso in the dash. 3"+ intercooler piping, 4"+ exhaust piping that goes a couple feet with no mufflers or cats. http://bangshift.com/blog/dyno-video-a-1500hp-428ci-windsor-ford-from-nelson-racing-engines.html and these only need to run for less than 8 seconds.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but with his track record, I can't take anything from Hennessy seriously, knowing what I know about him.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good idea. Hey, about about 3000hp? 4000hp? I'm sure there will be absolutely no traction issues.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Yeah, but just imagine how much ones man-hood would be extended telling everyone he had 1,500hp?!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Venom GT already has 1hp/kg with 1200hp. This is going to be a bunch heavier then, probably a good thing indeed. All the "Hennessey is a crook and I dont want anyone to feature anything of his ever he probably paid them off with blood money" type comments need to relax. Yes, the guy did (maybe still is) cheating a few of his customers and a lot of the company's products are over-hyped. But you have to be shitting yourself if you think one single article on a pretty bespoke (DURR LOTUS COPYCAT DURR) supercar that just happens to hold the 0-200 record is overhyped. Can nobody enjoy this beastly car? Yes, there are many (underappreciated) tuner alternatives for most of Hennessey's offerings: CTS-V, Vipers, Corvettes, etc, but how many offer a standalone model that is capable of tearing down the Veyron's top speed world record and qualifiable as a production car? Why some people want to ignore the sheer awesomeness of vehicles like the Venom GT because they dont like the boss...you're not going to be scammed of your life savings for admitting an awesome car is awesome.
      chest rockwell
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the idea - enormously powerful engine in a tiny car. It's the price that I still can't wrap my head around. It's about 5 times what I would have expected it to cost.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chest rockwell
        Considering it costs like $100k extra to get two turbos onto a Viper, Vette, or Ford GT, It isnt too surprising that completely redoing a much smaller car (stretching it like 2 feet in the process) to fit an engine 3 times larger and 5 times more powerful than Lotus ever intended, seems like a good excuse to make up a nice big amount for a price tag
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mr. Hennessey, how much for three on the tree?
      Soccer Mom
      • 2 Years Ago
      This, undeniably, is the ultimate luxury. A cool $1.2M buys you a car that is capable of spinning wheels until tyres burst and do a quarter mile run before bursting into flames itself. $1.2M gets you a whole 30 seconds of fun.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Soccer Mom
        thats a nice story, but reality is that hennesy takes your 1.2M and gives you nothing.
          • 2 Years Ago
          Nah, he'd suck up to you if you have $1.2mil, but it would be easier to take $100,000 from 12 people and give them nothing.
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is there a review, comparison of this car that I can read, watch anywhere? How many of this lotuses have they sold anyways?
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love this car. $165,000 option for an AUTO? An OPTION. That is bananas. $165,000!!!! I need to win the lottery. I won't check that option box. Ha.
        • 2 Years Ago
        It's the best way I can think of to weed out the incompetent buyers.
      • 2 Years Ago
      >.< Well, I guess it's one step closer to the point of warp speed and then "BOOM", time travel.
      Malou H
      • 2 Years Ago
      almost done now change the backlights we dont have to fade out of lotus clothing we can just leave all together.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Weeeell... since it's light AND powerful, who wouldn't mind driving that thing? It's finding the suitable roads that will be a pain in the back for most drivers. But for that price tag, there's enough money for Koenigsegg, Pagani, Ascari, Gemballa and some tbh.
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