Hypercars are at their peak. From the 918 & LaFerrari to the P1, if you have a million dollars to spend on a ridiculous car, 2014 is a good time to live. Two of the hyperest of hypercars are the Hennessey Venom GT and the now classic (nearly 10 years of production) Bugatti Veyron. These two couldn’t be more evenly matched and yet more different.
Below I have listed a few of the polar opposites of these two cars:
- AWD vs RWD
- 16 cylinder vs 8 cylinder
- 4 turbos vs 2 turbos
- computerized automatic transmission vs 6-speed manual
- everything in excess including a 4,100+ lb weight vs lightweight & minimalistic (2,700+ lbs)
- Luxury vs bare bones performance
These are obviously both fantastic automobiles, with what seems like the same goal, to be the best. I however see these as very, very different cars, and I would take a Venom GT over a Veyron any day. The soul of the car is just better. Less is more when it comes to the best cars in history. The Shelby Cobra- a tiny British AC with a massive big block Ford motor, and the McLaren F1- the brainchild of Gordon Murray that embodies less is more & function over all both had soul. People may knock the Venom for not being “real” (Lotus body, Corvette motor, Ford GT transmission, etc.) but who would ever say that the Shelby Cobra isn’t “real”??
The point of owning a hypercar isn’t about being seen, it’s about driving it. It’s about driving it hard. It’s about getting the full experience. Of course going 0-60 in under 3 seconds and ripping through a quarter mile in 10 is a rush any way you slice it, but is mashing a pedal and holding a wheel straight really what it is all about? In the Hennessey you may not get all of the attention that a Veyron will receive on Sunset Blvd. from the wannabe ballers and hip young actors & socialites, but that’s the point. The Veyron has become the car to be seen in, while the Venom GT is the car to experience. While you take the Veyron to the club, I’ll be in the Canyons with the Venom GT.