Hennessey Venom F5 – 1,600 hp, 484 km/h top speed

Hennessey Venom F5 – 1,600 hp, 484 km/h top speed

This is the all-new Hennessey Venom F5, which is the replacement for the Venom GT that was first introduced way back in 2011. Like its predecessor, the new car has only one goal on its mind – to secure the title of world’s fastest production car.

To do so, it will need to overcome models like the Koenigsegg Agera RS and the well-known Bugatti Chiron. Therefore, the Venom F5’s data sheet has plenty of big numbers to ensure it is “the absolute fastest road car on earth,” as the company points out.

Let’s start with the most important bit – the engine, which is a 7.4 litre twin-turbo V8 that makes 1,600 hp and 1,762 Nm of torque. That is more than what the Chiron can muster up (1,479 hp and 1,600 Nm), and all of it is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed single clutch automatic transmission.

According to Hennessey Performance (HPE), the Venom F5’s top speed is 484 km/h (301 mph), which destroys the Chiron’s current limit of 420 km/h. We say limit because the Chiron has electronic nannies that hold it back, and Bugatti will only attempt an unrestricted top speed run in 2018, so place your bets early.

Hennessey Venom F5 – 1,600 hp, 484 km/h top speed

If the top speed doesn’t surprise you, maybe these other figures will. For starters, the car will accelerate from a rest to 299 km/h (186 mph) in just under ten seconds, while a sprint from zero to 400 km/h (249 mph) and back to zero will be under 30 seconds. The latter decimates the Agera RS’ time of 36.44 seconds, in case you’re wondering.

At this point, it is probably good to mention the Venom F5’s name is a reference to the F5 tornado, the fastest according to the Fujita scale, reaching speeds as high as 483 km/h (300 mph).

“We’ve designed F5 to be timeless so that in 25 years it will still have a level of performance and design that will be unmatched. The F5 is an all new car, designed and built from the ground up, from the engine to the chassis,” said John Hennessey, company founder and CEO.

Unlike the Venom GT, which is based on the Lotus Exige, the Venom F5 features a bespoke chassis and carbon-fibre body. The sleek shape you see before you is all in the name of aerodynamics, and together with the active aero package, will yield a drag coefficient of 0.33. Altogether, the Venom F5 has curb weight of just 1,338 kg.

As for the styling, the Venom F5 is certainly quite striking to look at, more so from the back. Highlights include the triple exhaust outlets, a fixed rear wing, angular headlights and an intricate diffuser setup with another active element placed in the middle.

Along the sides, you’ll find intakes for the engine and outlets just aft of the front wheels. Moving to the front, a deep concave can be found on the bonnet leading towards the vents that exhaust the air scooped in through the elaborate front apron.

Impressed? Well, if you want one, the plans to build just 24 examples of the Venom F5, and each will come with a base price of US$1.6 million (RM6,773,600).

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Mr. Octopus on Nov 03, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Not gonna happen.

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  • 12yrsold on Nov 03, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    OK OK this Hennessey Venom beats the Bugatti Chiron & Koenigsegg Agera RS in terms of Top speed & acceleration but it cannot beat a small M’sian car when it comes to sitting.

    The Super fast, super expensive, super exquisite & super rare are special in it’s own Right but can only seat 2 while My kancil can seat 4 people. He he he. Cheers…

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    • lapiko on Nov 03, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      your kancil can only seat 4 people?
      pity u… my vanette can seat 8 people.
      sometime 10-12 banglas can also fit in.
      he he he cheers…

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  • markgoh on Nov 03, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    RM6,773,600 without tax..??

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  • stasta on Nov 06, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    test the car first then only talk . not just in computer design or wind tunnel.

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