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Hennessey Venom GT Spyder Claims Title as World's Fastest Convertible

Hits a top speed of 265.6 mph

Kelly Pleskot
Apr 12, 2016

In the ongoing speed wars between Hennessey and Bugatti, Texas won this time. The Hennessey Venom GT Spyder claims to be the world's fastest convertible, breaking a record held by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Vitesse.

The Venom GT convertible reached a top speed of 265.6 mph on a 2.9-mile runway at the Naval Air Station Lemoore on March 25, Hennessey confirms. Behind the wheel was Ford Performance Racing School Director Brian Smith, and the feat was recorded by independent speed testing firm Racelogic. (Check out the video below to watch the record-setting run.)

The drop-top Hennessey proved much faster than the Super Sport Vitesse, which hit 254 mph during a record-breaking run in 2013. If you think that's impressive, the Hennessey Venom GT coupe beats them both; it powered to 270.49 mph during a run at the Kennedy Space Center in 2014.

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The Venom GT packs a 7.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with 1,451 hp and 1,287 lb-ft of torque. Hennessey claims a 0-60 mph time of less than 2.4 seconds.

Hennessey's timing for the record couldn't have been better. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Hennessey Performance. To celebrate the occasion, Hennessey will offer three limited-edition "World Record Edition" Venom GT Spyders. Price? Just $1.3 million for each copy.

Source: Hennessey Performance

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