Road Tests Real world tests of Venom GT vs Ariel Atom


Venom GT
2.5 s
Atom V8 500
2.3 s

Top speed

Venom GT
270 mph
Atom V8 500
170 mph


Venom GT
5.3 s
Atom V8 500
5.4 s

1/4 mile

Venom GT
9.95 s
Atom V8 500
11.2 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Hennessey Venom GT

Reasons to consider the
Hennessey Venom GT

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Faster top speed 270 mph vs 170 mph 100 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much more powerful engine 1,200 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM More than 2.5x stronger engine
Much more torque 851 ft-lb @ 4,200 RPM vs 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM Around 3.2x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Way more expensive sticker price $950k vs $225k Around 4.2x more expensive harder to own
Faster in the quarter mile 9.95 s vs 11.2 s More than 10% faster at the drag strip
Much bigger engine 6,205 cc vs 3,000 cc More than 2x bigger engine
Side view of Ariel Atom

Reasons to consider the
Ariel Atom V8 500

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Significantly lighter curb weight 1,210 lb vs 2,743 lb 2.3x lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Venom GT  vs
Ariel Atom 
Brand Hennessey Ariel
Price 950,000 225,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2010 2008


Body style Coupe Roadster


Drivetrain RWD 2WD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Rear brakes Brembo Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,743 lb 1,210 lb

road tests

Venom GT  vs
Ariel Atom 
Top speed 270 mph 170 mph
1/4 mile 9.95 s 11.2 s
0-60mph 2.5 s 2.3 s
0-100mph 5.3 s 5.4 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 2.29 lb/hp 2.55 lb/hp
Maximum hp 1,200 HP @ 6,500 RPM 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM
Maximum torque 851 ft-lb @ 4,200 RPM 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Displacement 6,205 cc 3,000 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Air compressor Turbocharger Supercharger
Hennessey Venom GT
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Ariel Atom V8 500
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