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Autotrader Find: Hennessey Venom GT For $1.25 Million

Here on Autotrader Find, I usually try to feature weird, low-mileage cars, or perhaps vehicles that have been excessively modified. Today’s Find is both: a Lotus Exige that has been heavily modified to become a Hennessey Venom GT, arguably the fastest production car in the world.

For those of you who don’t know the Hennessey Venom GT story, here it is: The Venom GT is a Lotus Exige that’s been stretched and altered and revised and changed by Hennessey Performance in Texas, to the point where only the middle section really still looks like a Lotus. For power, the Venom GT uses a 7.0-liter V8 — and if that wasn’t enough, it’s twin turbocharged. The result is 1,450 horsepower and 1,287 lb-ft of torque, all fed through what must be the world’s strongest 6-speed manual transmission. See the Lotus Exige models for sale near you

As for the word “arguably” in front of the Venom’s “world’s fastest” title: Back in 2014, the Venom GT hit 270.49 miles per hour in Florida, on the space shuttle’s landing strip at the Kennedy Space Center. The Venom GT’s speed is unquestionable: What’s arguable, instead, is whether the Venom GT qualifies as a “production car.” These things are hand-built, quite slowly, taking an existing production car and modifying it. Does that make it a production car? It’s up for debate — but either way, it seems that Hennessey has already cranked out more than a dozen of these things.

This particular Venom GT has wound up in the unlikeliest of places: Choice Auto Sales in rural Murrysville, Pennsylvania, an exurb of Pittsburgh. In addition to the Venom GT, Choice Auto Sales’ inventory also includes a 2002 Acura MDX and a 2008 Kia Sedona with 140,000 miles. With an asking price of $1.25 million, I think the Venom GT costs more than the rest of this dealer’s inventory — combined. Find a Lotus Exige for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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    • Sent an email to the dealership and actually heard back!

      Thank you for the email. The reason for this is that Hennessey Performance is not recognized as amanufacturer, and purchases used Lotus Elises’ to use as donor cars.  The car wasactually constructed in 2014 and is in like new condition overall.  Please let me know what we can do for you onthis car.  This car is possibly the onlyone for sale in the world and needs nothing. We purchased this car from the original owner who had it in hiscollection and only sold it to purchase a limited edition Pagani.  Please let me know what you think about thisvehicle and if there is anything else I can do for you.

  1. Best part of that ad:  “We are conveniently located directly across from Sheetz on Route 22 at 4765 Old William Penn Highway- Route 22 in Murrysville PA 15668! Only 5 miles from the PA turnpike and the Parkway West.”  Something tells me the person hunting for this vehicle hasn’t been in a Sheetz before…

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