Honestly, we almost forgot about the Hennessey Venom F5. Maybe we got distracted by other speed demons like the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ and Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut – both of which are capable of breaking 300+ mph. But in reality, it had something to do with the long wait.
You see, Hennessey revealed the Venom F5 way back in 2014. When first announced roughly six years ago, Hennessey claimed the Venom F5 has a top speed of 290 mph. Last year, company founder John Hennessey and his team at Hennessey Special Vehicles (HSV) commenced prototype testing of the highly-anticipated Venom F5 hypercar. Hennessey also released a few images of the car in bright yellow paint.
But in a recent Facebook post, Hennessey Performance is making sure that we won’t be forgetting about the Venom F5 in the foreseeable future. The Texas-based tuning company boldly announced the first production Venom F5 is arriving this summer, and it will come with a video showing the car breaking past 500+ kph or 310+ mph.
After many years of waiting, the Venom F5 is slated to fulfill its promise of being the fastest ever production car. It has a massive 6.6-liter turbocharged V8 motor with 1,817 horsepower and 1,193 pound-feet of torque. Curiously, the Venom F5 is producing almost the same numbers as the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut – 1,600 horsepower (E85 fuel) and 1,106 pound-feet of torque from a smaller-displacement 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 – so we reckon it’s going to be an interesting battle as both are vying for the title of the fastest car in the world.
Built atop a carbon-fiber tub developed jointly with Delta Motorsport, the Hennessey Venom F5 is purported to be lighter than a VW Golf R. According to Hennessey, the Venom F5 weighs below 3,000 pounds (1,360 kilograms) while the torsional rigidity is measured at 38,353 pound-feet per degree, which we assume is rigid enough to handle 1,800 horsepower and a top speed of over 310 mph.
The new Hennessey Venom F5 is not only quick – or possibly the quickest car in the world – but it’s also extremely limited edition. Hennessey is committed to only build 24 examples of the Venom F5 coupe with base prices hovering in the $1.8-million mark. Out of the 24 units, 12 are destined for the American market while the remaining 12 are for global customers.
Apparently, U.S. allocations are close to being sold out. This means there’s still hope if you’ve been itching to get your hands on what is possibly the fastest car ever produced. Hennessey is also making a roadster variant of the Venom F5, but it won’t be arriving until late 2021.
2023 Cadillac Escalade V-Series confirmed: What we know of this Super SUV
Cadillac’s most lavish model is about to get a sports upgrade, with the 2023 Escalade V-Series marking the first time the SUV has worn the badge. While already notorious for its scale, luxury cabin, and general excess, the V-Series flavor of Escalade will add performance to that mix.
Full details of the 2023 Escalade V-Series won’t be shared until spring of this year, Cadillac has warned. These newly-released photos, meanwhile, show the pre-production form of the SUV. Still, it gives us plenty to go on, as does the trajectory of the V-Series line in general.
For Cadillac, V-Series is more than just speed
You can’t accuse Cadillac of underplaying just what a V-badged model can do. “With nearly two decades of racing-inspired prowess,” the automaker promises, “the V-Series designation is reserved for vehicles that encompass the peak of Cadillac performance, bold, distinguished design, and innovative technology.”
The route from V-Series’ founding in 2003 to today has seen a few big changes along the way. Initially intended as a way for Cadillac to compete with Mercedes-AMG and BMW’s M division, it debuted with the 2004 Cadillac CTS-V sports sedan. That managed to score a role in the original Matrix movie series, (specifically The Matrix Reloaded, released in 2003), helping secure the green-light for the second-generation V Series in 2009.
Cadillac stuck with a familiar strategy: big, high-horsepower V8 engines, paired with its Magnetic Ride Control system for a sedan that could flick from luxury cruiser to track hero at the push of a button. By the time the ATS-V arrived in 2015, however, the criteria had expanded. Smaller and more affordable than the third-generation CTS-V – which got the Corvette C7’s 6.2-liter LT4 V8 to play with – the ATS-V packed a twin-turbo V6.
Beyond that, Cadillac attempted to replicate what BMW and Mercedes had achieved, expanding “V” as a broader badge to indicate a more sporting – though not necessarily the most sporting – iteration of a regular model. It tried, and abandoned, the V-Sport trim, and has most recently settled on “V” badged models as being entry-level performance options. The CT5-V and CT4-V are the current examples of that.
Meanwhile, a new Blackwing designation flags the most extreme examples of V-Series performance. Initially referring to Cadillac’s new Blackwing engine, but since expanded, the trim has so far appeared on the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing, each produced in limited number.
What we expect from the 2023 Cadillac Escalade V-Series
For the 2023 Escalade V-Series, the expectation is an evolution in performance rather than the outright leap that Blackwing badging would indicate. The current Escalade – now in its fifth-generation – already features a V8 engine as standard. That’s 6.2-liters in size and offers 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic is standard.
They’re not small numbers, but then again the Escalade is not a small SUV. One possibility for an upgrade is the V8 from the CT5-V Blackwing, supercharged and with upwards of 600 horsepower on tap. Cadillac would obviously need to upgrade other components such as the brakes to balance that uptick in power, though Magnetic Ride suspension is already available on the SUV in its current form.
To better distinguish the V-Series truck visually, Cadillac has given it a moody makeover. The grille switches to black mesh, and most of the chrome has been deleted in favor of gloss-black trim. The bumpers front and rear, and the side sills, have been tweaked, and of course there are vast blacked-out wheels, too.
For the inside, Cadillac is playing it even more coy. A single image previews the “V” badging on the steering wheel, though we’d expect a fair amount of carbon fiber and Alcantara to feature, based on the other V-Series cars. The Escalade already offers a huge, curved dashboard display and plenty of space across three rows, not to mention a whole host of toys to play with.
As for 2023 Escalade V-Series pricing, there too Cadillac is saving full details. The current model spirals up to over $109k for the standard-length 4WD Sport Platinum trim, and that’s before you head into the options list. A six-figure V-Series is basically guaranteed, then, as Cadillac takes on well-esteemed (and well-equipped) performance SUVs from its German rivals.
Brabus 800 Adventure XLP Superblack is taking it to the extreme
Renowned Mercedes-Benz tuning house Brabus has unleashed its latest creation based on the Mercedes-AMG G63 sport-luxury SUV. It’s the newest variant of the 800 Adventure XLP Superblack, a go-anywhere pickup truck hiding a mighty powerful V8 engine under the hood.
Images: Brabus GmbH
This Airstream eStream concept is an electric camper with an innovative twist
Thor Industries, maker of the Airstream and other popular RVs, recently unveiled the eStream electric camper concept. It’s essentially a hi-tech Airstream travel trailer with some nifty innovations hiding underneath.
Images: Thor Industries
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