The Hell-horse Cometh: Hennessey-Tuned “Venom 1200” Shelby GT500 Mustang


If Dodge’s hell-themed lineup of muscle cars made other models look tame in comparison, Hennessey begs to differ; the latest Shelby Mustang GT500 just received its treatment, and it’s surpassed the Demon’s power.



The original GT500 is powerful enough on its own, managing 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque from its 5.2-liter supercharged “Predator” V8; enough for a 3.8 second 0-60 mph. That’s slightly more (and less for the torque) horsepower than you can find in a regular Hellcat, but move up to the Redeye and it’s beat. Then again, it isn’t all about horsepower, as the Shelby is also built with track capability in mind.



Then came Hennessey. The Venom 1200 has its horsepower stated in its name. 1204, to be exact, with a whopping 902 lb-ft. That’s a 58% increase from the factory, and it makes it one of the most powerful muscle cars built by the company. The Challenger Demon is nowhere close to it either. What did it take to get there? It’s made to run on E85 (AKA race fuel), so it’s a race-bred horse. Fuel rails and injectors have been updated as part of that, as well as a new air and oil separation system. The supercharger gets boosted to a 3.8-liter unit, and has upgraded fittings, lines, belts, and tensioners. The dual-clutch seven-speed transmission and the flex fuel has been recalibrated via Hennessey’s own dynamometer.



But that’s not all. Only 66 units will be built, with distinct exterior badges and a serial-number plaque to verify its specialty. It starts at $59,950, but you could throw in an extra $4,950 and get  a special livery that pays tribute to the game-breaking MKII Ford GT40 in the 1966 24 hours of Le Mans. Hennessey also has you covered with a 1 year/12000-mile warranty.



We suppose all manufacturers and tuning companies will start churning out wilder cars and power figures of the ICE models, knowing the impending end of it. This Venom is no exception, and though it is no production car like the Demon, it sure is worthy of being dubbed the hellhorse. Who knows, perhaps Dodge is planning something even more wicked with the final “Last Call” model; and given the problems that they have, it could be noteworthy. Your turn, Dodge.



p dir=”ltr”>(Images sourced from Hennessey)

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