Only six Venom GTs were made, five of the “basic” versions (at $950,000 a pop) and Tyler’s solo all-black convertible Spyder, which cost him $1.1 million. The extra $150,000 was needed to make “structural changes” to the roof and roll cage so it could be a convertible. The changes added another 30 pounds to the car (1244 kilograms or 2,742.55 pounds), so company owner John Hennessey had to boost the engine to 1244 bhp to keep it in line with their 1-horsepower to 1-kilogram power-to-weight ratio (via Today).
The Venom stings the road with a 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 throwing out 1,244 hp and 1,155 lb-ft of torque, especially with a 6-speed manual transmission. Like Tyler, it screams, going from zero to sixty in 2.7 seconds and hitting a top speed of 278 mph. At the time, it was the world’s fastest street-legal car (via Today).
Other custom touches include a sound system tuned by Audio One’s David Frangioni, who ironically once worked for Aerosmith as an audio engineer. The black leather interior has red stitching complete with a teardrop eye image that copies one of Tyler’s own tattoos (via Motor Authority).
Alas, all good things must end, and in 2017 Tyler sold his Hennessy Venom GT Spyder at a Barrett-Jackson auction for $800,000. All the proceeds went to Janie’s Fund; a charity Tyler established in 2015 to help abused girls. If the name Janie sounds familiar, that’s because Aerosmith’s 1989 hit song “Janie’s Got a Gun” was an inspiration.