There’s one thing that John Hennessey and Jeremy Clarkson share a mutual love for: power. Or, POWWWWERRRR, in Clarksonese. This has just been proven with the new car announced in Hennessey Performance’s lineup, the Venom GT2.
Not content with 1200hp that currently resides in his 2012 Venom GT, Mr Hennessey has decided to attempt to throw 300 (yes, THREE hundred) more horsepower into the GT2.
The 1500hp, rear-wheel-drive American hypercar is mooted to be powered by a 7.0-litre twin-turbo, and will definitely still shoot thunder. The now pathetically underpowered Venom GT only needed 2.2 seconds to reach 62 mph, and creator Hennessey has claimed it could go onto 272 mph. So to drive the new, more powerful GT2, your may need to have your man vegetables cast in diamonds.
Which could actually be possible for most prospective owners, as this thing isn’t cheap. Its base price is 1.25 million dollars, and that’s before you’ve started adding options. One of those options is a new seven-speed paddle-shift transmission. It’s an eye-watering $165,000 (£102,000) box to tick: possibly the priciest way to change gear this side of hiring Mila Kunis to constantly sit by your side to physically swap cogs for you.
There have also been some slight tweaks in the design department. It’s now got hypercar-worthy dihedral doors, new headlights so you don’t mistake it for an expensively-dressed Lotus Elise, and a double bubble roof so people taller than Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler can buy them.
If you’re tempted by one, we’d recommend a virtual spin in the tardy original 1200hp Venom GT around the TG track, to get your eye in. As the new one is set to be a beast…
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