Hennessey Venom F5 Twin-Turbo 7.6-Liter V8 Unveiled With 1600+ HP

Hennessey has used Monterey Car Week to unveil the engine that will power the Venom F5.

Since the company has previously said the F5 aims to become the “first road car capable of achieving more than 300 mph (482 km/h),” it needs a massive engine with huge performance numbers. That’s exactly what was unveiled today as the engine is a twin-turbo 7.6-liter V8 that is capable of producing more than 1,600 hp (1,193 kW / 1,622 PS) and 1,300 lb-ft (1,760 Nm) torque.

To put those numbers into perspective, the Bugatti Divo has a quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 engine which produces 1,479 hp (1,103 kW / 1,500 PS) and – presumably – 1,180 lb-ft (1,600 Nm) of torque. However, that particular car will be limited to 236 mph (380 km/h).

Getting back to the Venom F5, the engine is made from a billet aluminum block and features steel cylinder sleeves as well as a 9.3:1 compression ratio. The engine also has two turbochargers featuring stainless steel headers and billet compressor wheels.

The company didn’t say much else about the engine, but John Hennessey stated they’re “feeling confident” about setting new records in 2019. HSV also confirmed that 15 of the 24 F5s have already been spoken for.

It remains to be seen if the car will actually be able to hit its performance targets, but Hennessey has previously said the F5 will weigh 2,950 lbs (1,338 kg) and be able to accelerate from 0-186 mph (0-300 km/h) in less than 10 seconds. The dash to 249 mph (400 km/h) is slated to take less than 30 seconds and the 300 mph (482 km/h) mark is expected to arrive shortly thereafter.

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  • Хиллари сосет киску

    Wow, something that’s not a 2.0 turbo! Awesome!!!

  • Dude

    I’m not sure this thing is going to hit 300mph…

    • Six Thousand Times

      Nobody is. That’s why it’s worth the attempt.

  • Six_Tymes

    this thing is a beast, amazing engineering. when will we see a review? i really like the exterior, and the interior is spot on, not overly complicated.

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      Agreed. Unlike the Venom GT, the F5 is a good looking supercar with a good interior. Even if the F5 is not able to hit 300 mph, it is still very impressive that such a relatively small company is able to build a car at this level. Hennessey and Koenigsegg don’t have the near limitless checkbooks that other super/hyper car manufacturers have.

      • Koenigsegg is quite rich, Hennessey however…….

        • Mike Sinyaboot

          I don’t know that either of them is “quite rich” which makes the development of these cars insane. Koenigsegg had revenue of $17 million in 2015 and around $25 million in 2016. They built somewhere around 12-15 cars for each of those years with each car taking 4,000 hours to build. Koenigsegg designs and manufactures almost every expensive carbon fiber and billet component in house. Their profit has to be much lower than one would think.

          Developing cars from the ground up is insanely expensive and neither Koenigsegg nor Hennessey have the benefit of economies if scale. These cars cost millions because they have to. The fact that they can sell them at a cost similar to that of hyper cars from the big boy manufacturers is amazing. I still wonder if Hennessey has the same issues that plagued them in the 2000s. Hennessey had terrible business practices and was constantly being sued by everyone. Even Tire Rack was suing them at one point.

  • Shane

    Git er dun 4 Murica!

  • UNTIL THEY START TALKING ABOUT TIRES THAT CAN HANDLE 300MPH THIS IS ALL MOOT.

    • Big Black Duck

      I think at this point they should stop making tires that tries to do everything…stock tires should be for comfort and reliability….they should offer another set of tires for top speed runs or racing

    • We’ll have to wait for Michelin to say that.

      • APPARENTLY THEY ARE ALREADY WORKING WITH BUGATTI.

  • Big Black Duck

    The Tuatara’s engine looks prettier

    • donald seymour

      SSC’s engine is that beautiful girl you go on a date with but she won’t go with you until you hook up her friend (Hennesy) with one of your homeboys.

    • donald seymour

      And yeah they are just copying what SSC did.

  • Jim Ragland

    A beast…:-)

  • We are edging towards production and quite surprising that 15 cars already been spoken for, only 6 left for rich people to order.

  • Matthew Boyd

    Could not…Once the tire tech is there…could.

  • dimRobot

    Looks very outdated…like an old hot-rod engine.

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