The new Mustang Shelby GT500 now has hypercar levels of power thanks to Hennessey. Under the hood is a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 that produces Hellcat crushing 760 horsepower and 625lb-ft of torque
Autoblog revealed that, Hennessey pegs the eight’s maximum torque output at 1,000 pound-feet when the tachometer indicates 4,800 rpm. Achieving those figures was easier said than done. The tuner explained its engineering department upgraded a long list of parts including the intercooler, the fuel delivery system, the induction system, and, crucially, the pistons and the connecting rods. On top of that, the Venom 1200 requires E85 or 109-octane race gasoline
The V8 spins the rear wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission that has also been strengthened. Hennessey hasn’t released performance specifications yet, but the 440-horse bump should make the Venom 1200 a force to reckon with on the drag strip.
If 1,200 horsepower is too much to handle, Hennessey also offers 850- and 1,000-horse variants of the GT500. The Venom 850 relies on a ported version of the stock supercharger with a different pulley plus a different intake and new headers for its power. It also delivers 725 pound-feet of torque. The Venom 1000 gets a completely new supercharger, upgraded fuel system and intercooler on top of the 850’s upgrades. Besides the 1,000 horsepower, the Venom 1000 makes 825 pound-feet of torque. Both the Venom 850 and Venom 1000 run on 93-octane pump gas.
Hennessey doesn’t limit its tuning efforts to American muscle alone, though a glance at some of its recent releases may lead you to believe otherwise. The tuning company is no stranger to the likes of Jaguar and McLaren, which have been canvases for some seriously high-output machines.