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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