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MOTORAUTHROITY.COM | More details are starting to emerge surrounding Hennessey’s upcoming supercar including this latest image of the car’s rear. We already now that its powertrain will be based on the 1,000hp (745kW) twin-turbo 8.5L V10 unit from Hennessey’s Dodge Viper Venom, but according to the maker’s website there’ll be an optional kit with 1,200hp (895kW) all up. If you need to know, there’ll be 1490Nm (1,100lb-ft) of torque available as well.


With a final kerb weight of only 1,225kg, expect to see several acceleration records fall, assuming all that power can be put to the ground. Hennessey claims will see the car reach 100km/h from rest in just 2.5 seconds and up to 300km/h in around 14 seconds. Top speed is a claimed 421km/h (260mph).


The car will feature a mid-engine, rear-drive layout with seating for two. A conventional six-speed manual will come as standard but a sequential six-speed version will also be offered. Brakes will consist of 14in carbon rotors with six-piston calipers up front and four-pot units in the back. The coefficient of drag will be 0.39cd with the rear wing fully extended.
If produced, the car will also be offered in RHD and come with driving instructions to ensure customers will be able to make the most of the thousand-plus horses. Hennessey will even throw in a matching luggage set.


There are currently plans for two separate concepts, the first of which could be shown to the public in 2009. If there is enough demand production will start at the company’s Lonestar Motorsports Park facility just outside of Houston. Click here for our previous story, which also includes a link to a video interview with founder John Hennessey.




 

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I hope to God that the rear looks like that. It looks like the evil twin of an Elise R. One thing I would counter to the Veyron is that this and the Ultimate Aero and the CCXR is that the Veryon still appears to coddle you in the lap of luxury. The other cars are speed demons, meant to tear road up.

...But, that's enough of me defending the Veyron....bring on the HP!!!!
 

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Im my opinion, the Saleen S7 is the only true American supercar. Its not a suped up, under 100k sports car. Its a supercar from the bottom up.
I'm under the impression that this new Henessey model is a new car, not a reskinned Viper. Unless Saleen makes the engines for the S7 themselves, that would pretty much put them in the same boat as far as I'm concerned. I would just like to know what your classification for a supercar is and why this one doesn't fit where the S7 does.

Regardless, they're both over the top awesome.
 

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I have a lotus, and henessey is DEFINITELY modifying an exige body. Yeah, its badass and I would LOVE to take a spin in it, but thats a british body base.

Ive seen a couple of S7's at lambo dealerships and at SEMA, Everything is absolutely stunning except the fact that the back end is like 8 feet long, while from the doors forward, its like 4. Yeah they have to put the engine somewhere, but its just a goofy looking rear setup.

S7 still takes the american supercar though.. by far. Henessey needs to model their own car for that title to stand.
 

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I have a lotus, and henessey is DEFINITELY modifying an exige body. Yeah, its badass and I would LOVE to take a spin in it, but thats a british body base.

Ive seen a couple of S7's at lambo dealerships and at SEMA, Everything is absolutely stunning except the fact that the back end is like 8 feet long, while from the doors forward, its like 4. Yeah they have to put the engine somewhere, but its just a goofy looking rear setup.

S7 still takes the american supercar though.. by far. Henessey needs to model their own car for that title to stand.
Didn't some guy name Shelby do something like that? A small british car with a big american engine.
 
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