Hennessey Venom F5 Has a 1,600-HP V8 and a Top Speed of 301 MPH

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

After a string of teasers, Hennessey Performance Engineering has debuted its all-new Venom F5 – a 1,600-horsepower hypercar with a claimed top speed of 301 mph.

Let’s get the important bits out of the way first. Sitting midship is a twin-turbocharged 7.4-liter General Motors LS-based V8 engine making somewhere around 1,600 horsepower and 1,300 lb-ft of torque. It will be offered with either a seven-speed single clutch automatic transmission (a dual-clutch wasn’t robust enough), or a six-speed manual. In ‘VMax’ mode, which lowers the rear wing and seals up some of the engine ducting, it will hustle from 0-186 mph in 10 seconds and hit 249 mph in under 20 seconds before going on to reach an alleged top speed of 301 mph.

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Unlike the Venom GT, the Venom F5 isn’t based on a Lotus chassis. It uses its own, dedicated carbon-fiber monocoque, which should make it more of an all-rounder than the Venom GT, which was intently focused on straight line speed. The body, meanwhile, is extremely aerodynamically efficient and is even more slippery than a Bugatti Chiron’s. Watch out, Germany – the Texans are coming.

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The Venom F5’s cabin will feature carbon fiber dash trim and leather and Alcantara upholstery. Mounted in the middle of the dash will be an iPad, which will serve as the central control unit for things like the multimedia system. The cabin promises to be extra roomy, with HPE designing it around an unnamed six-foot-six football player who will be one of the first official customers.

The Venom F5 will sell at a cost of $1.6-million, but with $600,000 worth of options on the table, many examples will likely sell for much more than that. Just 24 will be made, so if you want in on what could be one day be the world’s fastest car, you’d better act quick.

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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  • Chris Daigle Chris Daigle on Nov 02, 2017

    Overkill doesn't even begin to describe this. The arms race will not end until people realize there is nowhere to drive these cars legally at their designed limit except a race track and with their specs, there is no racing category they fit into. SO they are really just toys, aren't they?