After numerous teasers that came along with promises of speeds up to 300 miles per hour (482 kilometers per hour), Hennessey finally reveals the highly anticipated and much hyped Venom F5 at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Similar to the outgoing model, the new F5 will put its focus on the same thing, and that is speed. But one thing that makes this one more special is that it was built from the ground up.
Unlike the outgoing model, the F5 has gotten rid of the Lotus chassis, but it is now wrapped around a custom carbon fiber tub instead. Most of its body is finished in the same lightweight material too. As for the design, it has been made to look significantly sleeker compared to its predecessor. And for comparison’s sake, the current Venom GT has a coefficient of 0.44 Cd, while its successor has a drag coefficient of only 0.33Cd. The Bugatti Chiron, on the other hand, has a coefficient of 0.38Cd.
Hennessey made it clear that people should not expect to see a hybrid powertrain with any of their models, and that is because he is a “purist”. He prefers to have simple, but elegant functionality - not that he is trying to belittle or bash hybrids.
So what keeps the F5 going is a bespoke 7.4 liter aluminum biturbo V8 that produces as much as 1,600 horsepower (1,193 kilowatts) and 1,300 pound-feet (1,762 Newton-metres) of torque. This engine is then paired with a seven speed single clutch paddle shift gearbox that brings power to the new set of Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tires. Customers can opt for an optional gearbox if they are more comfortable with that, though they will have to fight with the GPS-based traction control up to 140 mph (225 kmh).
The F5 can be made even more aggressive when equipped with a special Vmax mode. Its rear wings and seal ducts will be lowered just above the spoiler, which will be perfect for improving aerodynamic efficiency. As for performance, it enables the F5 to sprint to 186 miles per hour (300 kilometers per hour) in only 10 seconds, and less than 20 seconds to reach 249 miles per hour (400 kilometers per hour). It also has a top speed of 301 mph (484 kph). That makes it a few seconds quicker than both the Koenigsegg Agera RS and the Bugatti Chiron.
The cabin looks both sporty and luxurious. It is dressed in mostly leather, combined with carbon fiber and Alcantara trim. Up front is an Apple iPad interface that we have seen in the previous model. There is a lot of space for the driver to move around as well, and Hennessy has also said that it could comfortably fit a six-foot six-inch football player, as this guy will be one of the first owners of the model.
Only 24 examples of this will be built, and each one will have a price tag of $1.6 million, which could add up to $2 million if you get all the options.