The 1,200 horsepower club has a new member. Hennessey Performance's 2011 Venom GT makes its first appearance at the 2010 SEMA show next week, the same aftermarket and tuner conference at which its prototype was revealed three years ago.
Since then, the Texas-based boutique carmaker has been busy producing what could be described as the Tesla Roadster's much dirtier evil twin. The Lotus Elise/Exige-based supercar has a 6.2 liter V-8 mid-engine that delivers 1,200 horsepower, a top speed of 267 mph, and a 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds. Getting to 200 mph takes only 13.4 seconds longer.
Like Shelby Supercar's next-generation Ultimate Aero II, generous use of carbon fiber, titanium, and aluminum yield an astonishingly low curb weight. At 2,685 pounds the Venom GT is 65 pounds lighter than the 1,287-horsepower Ultimate Aero II (2,750 pounds). Both weigh a third less than the 1,200 horsepower Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, which currently holds the fastest production car title. While Hennessey gives Bugatti and SSC a run for their money, the Venom GT probably won't be stealing any records this time around. But it does have one thing on its rivals: an afterburner.
If you can't get to Las Vegas to see it in person, here's a YouTube teaser video that Hennessey released. Watch for the afterburn: