Hennessey VENOM GT – The Modern Cobra

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Word of this car is all over the place. A lot of people are picking up on the buzz, cultivated by the maker, Hennessey, that this is the modern interpretation of Carol Shelby’s Cobra. On the face of it, there’s a certain sense. The Hennessey Venom GT uses a modified Lotus Exige S chassis, and stuffs into it a Corvette plant, so that should tell you something. And if that doesn’t get the point across, using the name “Venom” might get the point across better.

Hennessey is going to show off the VENOM GT (not sure why they use all caps) at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The car will get its motive power from a Hennessey-tuned Corvette ZR1’s LS9 engine, which is both supercharged and twin-turbocharged. It cranks out ore than 1,000 bhp, and tips the scales at a respectable 2395 lbs.

“It goes without saying that I am not the first Texan to come up with the idea of marrying a powerful American V8 with a light-weight British chassis. However, I am confident that automotive fans around the world will find our forthcoming VENOM GT to be every bit as earth-shattering as the 289 AC Cobra was back in the early 1960’s,” says company founder, John Hennessey, referring to legendary Carroll Shelby and his car, the Cobra.

Here’s the breakdowns on all the hard points (according to Hennessey)

The VENOM GT is a Mid-engine, rear-drive; 2-door, 2-passenger coupe that weighs in at 2395 lbs. Stopping is provided by 15 inch carbon rotors with 6-piston calipers up front and out back there’s 14 inch carbon rotors with 4-piston calipers. The aforementioned engine features a Hennessey 1000 HP V8 Twin Turbo System and a dry sump oil system and puts the power to the ground via a 6-speed manual transmission. The numbers for the engine come out as 1000+ bhp @ 6600 rpm and 950 lb-ft torque @ 4,800 rpm. You hit 0-60 mph in 2.2 sec and hits 100 mph in 4.9 sec. Top speed is given as 262 mph. Cost? The listed “Base Price” is given as $600,000 US Dollars.

OK Hennessey, now you’ve promised. Let’s see what you deliver.

UPDATE: Hennessey Venom GT details

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