Designed to be the fastest road car on the planet with a promised top speed in excess of 300 mph, the Venom F5 is heading to the Geneva motor show next week after an official debut at SEMA late last year. This should give the all-new hypercar a wider audience, even though it won’t get anywhere near its top speed on Swiss roads.
The Venom F5, just 24 of which will be built, is powered by a 7.4-liter biturbo V8 pumping out a claimed 1,600 hp and 1,300 lb-ft of torque, with all that power sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed single-clutch paddle-shift transmission. With a curb weight of just 2,950 pounds, the Venom F5 can get to 186 mph in less than 10 seconds, while a trip from 0 to 249 mph reportedly takes less than 30 seconds.
As you may have noticed back when the car debuted at SEMA, the Venom F5’s recipe for getting north of 200 mph is quite different from that of the Bugatti Veyron and Chiron, which the Venom will taunt in Geneva.
Now, about that 300-mph-plus claim; Hennessey has yet to give the Venom F5 an opportunity to really stretch its legs, but company founder and CEO John Hennessey believes that the car will be able to top 300 mph.
With a starting price of $1.6 million, the Venom F5 still promises to be a civilized machine rather than some kind of top fuel dragster wearing a Potemkin-style, Lambo-shaped shell. The cabin will be filled with Alcantara and carbon fiber, even though interior photos do not evidence the presence of any cupholders. Perhaps that’s somewhere in the option book, which will reportedly offer $600,000 worth of additional equipment. (All we’re asking for is a cupholder — how much can it possibly be?)
In the meantime, we’ll wait for a video of the Venom F5 proving its claimed feats of speed.