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Hennessey unveils 1,204 horsepower Venom 1200 Mustang GT500

A 58% horsepower increase from the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

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Hennessey confirmed production of its new Venom 1200 Mustang GT500. The Venom 1200 Mustang GT 500 is based on the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, but Hennessey increased the horsepower to 1,204.

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Hennessey Venom 1200 Mustang GT500 (Image courtesy of Hennessey Performance)

“The stock Shelby GT500 is an extraordinary muscle car, but we take it to the nth degree with our Venom 1200,” said John Hennessey, company founder, and CEO. “Our engineers were able to coax more than 400 additional horsepower out of the engine, which takes performance to supercar levels. Only a handful of vehicles in the world offer this level of power… especially at this price point.”  

The latest Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 features a hand-built supercharged 5.2-liter V8 with a factory-rated 760 bhp and 625 lb-ft of torque. Stout numbers by any measurement of performance, but the Hennessey Performance squad turned the volume up to 11 with numerous upgrades including:

  • Higher capacity 3.8-liter supercharger,
  • High-flow induction system
  • New fuel rails and injectors, and an air/oil separation system
  • Fittings, lines, belts, and tensioners are upgraded,
  • The vehicle is calibrated on Hennessey’s in-house dynamometer
  • The dual-clutch transmission is recalibrated for its high-output role.

The final tally for the Venom 1200 is 1,204 bhp and 902 lb-ft of torque, a 58% increase in horsepower over the stock Shelby GT500.

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Hennessey Venom 1200 Mustang GT500 (Image courtesy of Hennessey Performance)

Of course, higher performance from a stout sports car is not free. Hennessey is going to produce 66 Venom 1200s and for those inclined to buy one you can add $59,950 to the price of a base Ford Shelby GT500, but you get a comprehensive 1-year / 12,000-mile warranty.

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Hennessey Venom 1200 Mustang GT500 (Image courtesy of Hennessey Performance)

Unique exterior badging and a special serial-numbered plaque help differentiate the Venom 1200 from the GT500. Consumers have the choice of adding the optional 1966 24 Hours of Daytona Ford Mark II GT40 red, white, and black livery for $4,950.

Specifications: Hennessey Venom 1200 Mustang GT500

POWERBADGING
1,204 bhp @ 7600 rpm *Hennessey Exterior Badging
902 lb-ft torque @ 5200 rpm *Venom 1200 Exterior Badges
(*Full power requires E85)Serial Number Plaque
 Limited Edition (66 units)
  
UPGRADES TO STANDARD 5.2-LITER V8OTHER
3.8-liter SuperchargerProfessional Installation
High-Flow Induction UpgradeChassis Dyno Tuning & Road Testing
Upgraded Heavy-Duty Supercharger Belt1-year / 12,000 Mile Limited Warranty
Upgraded High-Flow Fuel Injectors 
Upgraded Anodized Billet Fuel LinesOPTIONAL UPGRADE
Upgraded Heavy-Duty Tensioner1966 24 Hours of Daytona Livery
Air/Oil Separation System 
  
POWERTRAIN MANAGEMENT 
Upgraded Flex Fuel Engine Calibration 
Upgraded Transmission Calibration 
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Supercharged 5.2-liter V8 with a factory-rated 1,204 horsepower (Image courtesy of Hennessey Performance)
David P. Castro
David P. Castro
David P. Castro is one of our lead writers. The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.

3 COMMENTS

  1. 12k warranty then what I kindly ask? These are greed mongers living in a by gone era of muscle cars that are overpriced relics. The only thing 1200hp will get you is broke and in jail. Whoopie.. I have the most horsepower but its still a FORD. A 30 year old F1 Ferrari will drive laps around this overweight pig. Shelby is dead, get over it.

    • Greed is good. It drives human achievement. Strive to live in the real world, not the world of human misery, depravation and scarcity.

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