1 Dec
America's Great Muscle Car takes its top off for 2013

Last year we posted the Hennessey Venom GT when it was first unveiled, hailing it as the Resurrector of the Great American Muscle Car. Its engine based on a Corvette ZR1’s 6.2 liter V8, the LS9 is modified to various degrees (including the addition of twin turbochargers) to produce up to 1,200 horsepower. Bonkers. That’s more than the stomach-curdling 1,104 horsepower Zenvo ST1 we tested last month. Well the Texans over at Hennessey weren’t done, and now decided you may want to experience all that juice with the top off. The Hennessey Venom GT Spyder is basically the same lightweight, over-powered supercar as its predecessor… only with a removable roof. Weighing in at about 2,650 lbs (1,200 kilos), the Venom GT boasts the best power-to-weight ratio on the market. “With the hardtop in place, the Venom GT offers a very visceral, raw, driving experience”, explains Hennessey 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.” Yeah, you can say that again. HPE will build just five Venom GTs for the 2013 model year, with deliveries beginning in summer of 2012. Buyers can drop $950,000 (base price) for the Venom GT, or $1.1 million for the Spyder variant. Take your pick.

A video below of the Hennessey Venom GT accelerating from 70 — 215 mph… turn it up…

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