After several delays, Hennessey Performance has released the first official images of the Venom GT supercar.

After several delays, Hennessey Performance has released the first official images of the Venom GT supercar.

Based on the Lotus Elise/Exige, the Venom GT "combines a high-tech, lightweight British chassis with a powerful American V8." Speaking of the latter, power comes from a supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V8 engine (from Corvette ZR1 fame) with 725 bhp (541 kW / 735 PS). If that doesn't seem good enough, Hennessey will also offer 1000 bhp (746 kW / 1014 PS) and 1200 bhp (895 kW / 1217 PS) twin-turbo V8s.

Thanks to carbon fiber bodywork and carbon fiber wheels, the Venom GT has a curb weight of less than 2,400 lbs (1,071 kilos). This enables the 1200 bhp model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.4 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 272 mph (440 km/h). If Hennessey is correct, the Venom GT will easily surpass the Bugatti Veyron's top speed of 254 mph (408 km/h). Should that fail to impress you, Hennessey also says the Venom GT will rocket from 0-100 mph (161 km/h) in 5.3 seconds, 0-150 mph (241 km/h) in 8.9 seconds, and 0-200 mph (322 km/h) in 14.3 seconds.

Other performance goodies include a Brembo braking system (with 6-piston calipers up front and 4-piston calipers in rear clamping down on 15-inch carbon ceramic rotors), a Ricardo six-speed gearbox, a programmable traction control system, an adjustable suspension, and Michelin PS2 tires.

Production will be limited to 10 units a year, and four have already been sold. Hennessey has previously stated the 1000 bhp model will have a base price of $600,000 (€444,863 / £400,154).

According to John Hennessey, "This is not the first time that Britain and America have joined forces to produce a weapon of mass propulsion. Over fifty years ago the American-built P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft was flown into history powered by a British Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. Today the Hennessey Venom GT promises to set a new standard of power to weight ratio in the rarefied air of today's supercar market."

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