The first official renderings of the Hennessey Venom F5 Roadster were released in 2019, and after several years of waiting, the supercar without roof is finally there. It makes its public debut on August 19 at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, during Monterey Car Week.
Hennessey claims the Venom F5 Roadster is “the fastest and most powerful convertible in the world”. Its mid-engine is a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 1,817 horsepower (1,355 kilowatts) and 1,193 pound-feet (1,617 Newton-meters). Power goes through a seven-speed, single-clutch semi-automatic transmission.
Hennessey claims the Venom F5 Roadster is capable of exceeding 300 miles per hour (483 kilometers per hour). The former Venom GT Spyder of the company currently holds the fastest convertible record with a speed of 265.6 miles per hour (427.4 kilometers per hour).
From the front, the F5 Roadster looks identical to the Coupe. Although not pictured here, there is a one piece removable carbon fiber roof panel. It is insulated and covered with Alcantara on the part of the cabin. The piece weighs only 18 pounds.
The roof panel comes with a merino wool travel bag. There’s also a car-inspired design stand to store the piece in your garage.
At the rear, a new tempered glass window offers a view of the engine. Hennessey says the material is originally intended for jet engines and can withstand temperatures in excess of 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit (540 degrees Celsius).
The Venom F5 Roadster weighs less than 3,100 pounds (1,406 kilograms), says Hennessey. For comparison, the coupe weighs 2,998 pounds (1,360 kilograms). Generally, convertibles weigh more than rigid roofs due to the roof mechanism and additional rigidity to compensate for the loss of the roof.
Hennessey only makes 30 units of the Venom F5 Roadster, which is a bit more than the coupe’s 24 units. Production begins in late 2022 and prices start at $3 million. For comparison, the hardtop had a base cost of $2.1 million.