A few months ago, we did a post on celebrity rides and referenced Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler’s recent purchase of the first production Hennessey Venom GT Spyder model. Well, we thought it was a good time to revisit the Hennessey Venom GT — still the fastest production car on the planet. Hennessey claims the car can achieve a top speed of 272 mph (437 km/h).
Based on a highly modified Lotus Exige chassis, the Venom GT is powered by a twin-turbocharged version of General Motors’ 6.2 L (380 cu in) LS9 V8 from the Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1. The modified engine produces 1,200 HP and 1,155 lb-ft. torque. Yes, this is not a typo it produces 1,200 HP! Of course there is a catch though and that’s the price which starts at $1 million USD.
The mid-engine V8 is paired to the rear wheels with a Ricardo 6-speed transmission. The bodywork leverages handmade lightweight carbon fiber along with carbon fiber wheels resulting in a production curb weight of only 2,700 lb (1,200 kg). To deliver the ultimate supercar stopping power required braking components include 15 inch carbon ceramic rotors and Brembo 6-piston calipers in the front and 4-piston calipers in the rear.
However, to truly experience this car you need to watch the following video as pictures just do not do it justice. The video is of Steven’s actual car as he kindly shared it for a recent episode of Drive’s show Tuned. I guess we all know why he did American Idol now?