Hennessey Special Vehicles made 24 Venom F5 coupes and all of them have long been sold. As it turns out, one-percenters are being given a new chance to get behind the wheel of what could be the fastest production car. Just as the Venom GT lost its roof for the Spyder version, the Venom F5 will receive the Roadster treatment. A sketch shows what the targa panel looks like which can be removed to echo its predecessor.
The new Venom F5 Roadster will inherit the 6.6 liter V8 “Fury” twin-turbo engine from the coupe. It will produce the same colossal output of 1,817 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 1,193 pound-feet (1,617 Newton-meters) of torque from 5,000 rpm. Loosely based on the LS V8, the engine is linked to a seven-speed, single-clutch semi-automatic transmission equipped with paddle shifters.
It’s got some great shoes to fill considering the old Venom GT Spyder hit 265.6 mph (427.4 km/h) back on March 25, 2016 at Naval Air Station Lemoore. Hennessey’s open-speed engine managed to beat the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Vitesse by 11 mph. To celebrate the milestone, the Texas-based tuner is offering a trio of World Record Edition Venom GT Spyders for $1.3 million before tax.
Since then, the new F5 in coupe guise has gradually approached the 300-mph barrier. In February 2022 at Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in Florida, a prototype used for final calibration reached 271.6 mph (437.1 km/h). Logic tells us Hennessey is interested in breaking speed records with the F5 Roadster as well, but his first order of business is to dethrone the 300+ 304-mph Bugatti Chiron Super Sport.
The world premiere is scheduled to take place on August 9 ahead of its public debut at The Quail less than two weeks later during Monterey Car Week. Pricing details haven’t been revealed yet, but we’ll remind you the coupe retails for $2.1 million. If history has taught us anything, convertibles are usually more expensive than their fixed roof equivalents.