The Hennessey Venom F5 Is America's Homegrown, 301-MPH Hypercar

Doris Richards
November 1, 2017

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 miles per hour. Finally. Like the outgoing Venom GT before it, the new F5 is focused on one thing: speed. Thanks to lightweight construction, the Venom F5 will reportedly weigh in at 2,950 pounds with all its fluids. Watch out, Bugatti Chiron.

Don't expect any hybrid powertrain here. 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.

The F5's new streamlined design and flat floor are enough to generate a slippery 0.33 drag coefficient, 0.11 less than the GT. Power is sent to the rear wheels via either a single-clutch seven-speed paddle-shift transmission or an unspecified manual gearbox.

"I'm a purist. I like simple, elegant functionality, and that's not a knock against hybrids, but they're for the big OEMs to do."

If the bold top speed claims are true, that would make the Venom F5 the first production vehicle (assuming, of course, you count a super-limited run auto made by a shop that mostly soups up American muscle cars and trucks as a "production car") to break the 300 mile-per-hour barrier. For reference, the Koenigsegg Agera RS does the 0-249 run in just under 27 seconds. 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. Potential owners will have to apply and be approved by John Hennessey himself prior to taking delivery of the auto.

The new Hennessey Venom F5 makes its debut today at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.

The division - called Hennessey Special Vehicles - will develop the new auto and build it in Texas.

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