2015 SEMA Preview: The 2016 Hennessey Venom GT gets an eye-watering 1,451hp + F150 and Mustang

Hennessey is scheduled to show up at this year’s 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas with an updated 2016 Venom GT.

What’s new? Well, for starters, it’ll come with an eye-watering, go-screw-yourself-Bugatti-Veyron-Super-Sport 1,451hp from a reworked twin-turbocharged 7.0L V8 running on E85 Flexfuel. Those turbochargers also get a boost from 19 psi to 26 psi.

All in all, that’s a total of 207hp more than the previous version of Venom GT. Official figures aren’t out yet, but it’d be a confident bet that the new Venom GT could easily smash the previous model’s top speed record of 270.4 MPH.

The curb weight of the 2016 Hennessey Venom GT remains to be staggering low at just 2,743lbs, meaning it should sprint to 60 in just 2.4 seconds, 100 from 0 in the same time a BMW M5 takes to get to 60 at 4.4 seconds, and 0-200 in just 12.8 seconds. Hennessey also claims it can run the quarter mile in 9.4 seconds at just 167 MPH and as expected, the top speed should crack the 280 MPH mark.

In addition to the Hennessey Venom GT, Hennessey will be showcasing their 2016 HPE750 Supercharged Ford Mustang Convertible, complete with its 5.0L supercharged V8 good for 774hp, and the 2016 VelociRaptor 650 Supercharged Ford F150 with its 5.0L supercharged V8 with 650hp.

Check out the press release below.


October 29, 2015—For immediate release

Hennessey to Unveil 2875 Horsepower at 2015 SEMA Show

• 1451 HP Venom GT Spyder
• 774 HP HPE750 Supercharged Mustang Convertible
• 650 HP VelociRaptor 650 Supercharged Ford F-150 Truck

Las Vegas, Nevada—Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) will unveil a trifecta of speed and power at the 2015 SEMA Show on Tuesday, November 3rd at 10 am Pacific time at the Shell Pennzoil display – booth 60005 located near the main entrance of the Las Vegas convention center.

2016 Hennessey Venom GT
Leading the pack will be Hennessey’s flagship hypercar, the Venom GT now boasting a maximum power output of 1451 bhp @ 7200 rpm, a gain of 207 bhp over the previous generation Venom which clocked a top speed of 270.4 mph at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2014. Horsepower and torque are increased thanks to having the ability to run E85 Flexfuel which allows its 7.0L twin turbo V-8 engine to increase boost pressure from 19 psi to 26 psi.

“Being the fastest matters”, said company founder and president, John Hennessey. “We are intent on keeping the Venom as the fastest, best performing and most exciting hypercar on the road”.

Sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires will put the Venom’s power to the ground via GPS-based traction control system. Combined with a curb weight of just 2743 lbs (1244 kg) the Venom GT continues to offer an unmatched power to weight ratio.

Projected performance:
0-60 mph: 2.4 sec.
0-100 mph: 4.4 sec.
0-200 mph: 12.8 sec.
¼ mile: 9.4 sec. @ 167 mph
0-300 kph: 10.9 sec.
0-400 kph: 18.1 sec.
Top Speed: 280+ mph

“We only plan to produce a handful of Venom GT’s in 2016 as we are also preparing for our next evolution, the Venom F5”, said Hennessey. “We plan to demonstrate our improved power and performance both in terms of straight line acceleration as well as road course handling and lap time performance”.

Rounding out Hennessey’s trio of vehicles at the 2015 SEMA Show are:

2016 HPE750 Supercharged Ford Mustang Convertible
• 774 HP 5.0L V8 engine
• 0-60 mph: 3.2 seconds
• Supercharger system producing 9 psi boost
• Hennessey CarbonAero carbon fiber front splitter, side sills, and rear lip spoiler
• Hennessey H10 light weight wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires
• Brembo racing brake upgrade, front and rear
• The HPE750 Supercharged Mustang is the first and only 2015 Mustang to attain a verified top speed of 200 mph. One such car recently ran 207.9 mph on Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBC.

2016 VelociRaptor 650 Supercharged Ford F-150 Pick-up truck
• 650 HP 5.0L V8 engine
• 0-60 mph: 4.9 seconds
• Supercharger system producing 7 psi boost
• Fox suspension upgrade
• Heavy duty front and rear bumpers
• 20 inch Hennessey wheel and tire upgrade
• Fender flares
• Skid plates
• Why wait for the 2017 Raptor when you can have a 650 HP Supercharged Hennessey VelociRaptor Ford F-150 truck now?

“I’ve been coming to the SEMA Show for the past 24 years and I’m more excited than ever to share our latest and greatest vehicles”, said John. “From wild to mild, our special cars and trucks continue to deliver a driving experience of the highest order”.


About Hennessey® Performance
Established in 1991, Hennessey® Performance Engineering (HPE) builds and modifies more than 500 vehicles per year from a wide variety of brands that include Cadillac, Chevrolet and Ford. HPE also builds the world’s fastest production vehicle, the Hennessey Venom GT, which has a verified top speed of over 270 mph. In addition, Hennessey® operates Tuner School, the world’s first fully state-licensed school dedicated to teaching and training future performance vehicle tuners. HPE is also the only aftermarket tuner in North American with its own proving grounds, Lonestar Motorsports Park, whose IHRA-sanctioned quarter-mile drag strip is adjacent to the company’s 40,000 square foot workshop and showroom situated on 143 acres along Interstate-10 near Houston.

– By: Chris Chin

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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