You may recognize Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith, Rock n Roll Hall of Famer, American Idol judge and owner of the most implausible lips in the music industry. But what you don’t know, SpeedBoost Followers is that he’s also quite Amazing and cool. Why?
Well the first Venom GT Spyder to roll out of Hennessey Performance’s garage heads went straight to Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler’s.
According to Hennessey Performance founder, John Hennessey: “Steven came to us and asked if we could build his Venom GT as a roadster.” John adds, “We had to make a few structural changes to our integrated rollcage in order to be able to fit the removable top.”
Hennessey had to tune the motor to increase the standard 1,200 hp to 1,244hp in order to reimburse for the added weight the new roll cage adds. With an extra 30 lbs, Hennessey said, “We decided to increase the Venom GT’s power to 1,244hp to maintain our one horsepower-per-one-kilogramme power to weight,” this translates to a total controlled weight at 2,743 lbs.
This Venom GT Spyder which is based on a the ‘’Lotus Exige’’, produces 1,244bhp from its 7.0-litre Hennessey-built twin-turbo V8 compares to the coupe which produces 1,200 hp (895 kW / 1217 PS) and 1,155 lb-ft (1,564 Nm) from its mid-mounted, twin-turbo 6.2-liter V8 engine and six-speed manual transmission. There is also quite a lot of torque, and a 0-62mph (0 – 100 km/h) that you shouldn’t really concern yourself with but always good to know that its 2.5 seconds.
Be aware, if you’re going full throttle in one of these, well your eyes won’t be fixed definitely on the road ahead. That is almost superfluous as the key performance spec of this tremendous car is that it pushes out “tested 0-200mph (0 – 200 km/h) under 16 seconds’’ reckons John Hennessey.
Hennessey has already announced plans to build five Venom GTs for the 2013 model year.
The coupe is priced from $950,000, while the Spyder goes for $1.1 million.