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When supercars seem mild...

By Daniel DeGasperi, 23 Sep 2011 Features

When supercars seem mild...

Forget a cohesive driving experience, these cars are all about...power. Lots of.

There are production supercars, precision engineered with millions of Euros (sometimes Yen, sometimes Greenbacks) thrown into their development. However the wickedly-quick-bordering-on-insane products sometimes arrive via niche players and tuner specials. Forget a cohesive driving experience, these cars are all about...power. Lots of.

Meet the Hennessey Venom GT, a lightweight Lotus-lookalike mega-supercar that was brawn in the USA with its eyes fixed on the Bugatti Veyron. A 6.2-litre twin-turbo V8 produces a claimed 895kW and 1564Nm (!) to shift the carbonfibre-bodied Venom to 60mph in 2.5 seconds. The headline act, however, is 0-200mph in 16 seconds. Adaptive suspension and carbon-ceramic brakes help ensure the Venom doesn’t, err, bite like quick but ill-handling US muscle cars of old.

Of course, there are a couple of German class clowns that widen the grin on regular Mercedes and BMW products. The Brabus Rocket 800 (oh how we love that name) takes a regular CLS 63 5.5-litre V12 and strokes it to 6.2 litres. With a turbo feeding each bank of six cylinders, the four-door luxury-express produces 588kW and 1420Nm, for 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds, 200km/h in 9.8 seconds, and 300km/h in 23.8 seconds. We reckon that this rear-driver might frighten a chauffeur or two.

Fans of performance sedans may be waiting for the imminent launch of the BMW M5, but tuner Alpina has taken the 550i sedan/650i Convertible and, well, well-tuned them up. Outputs move to an M5-rivalling 373kW and 700Nm.

Unfortunately, none of these rocketships are available in Australia, but with overseas stickers ranging from E$529,000 (Brabus) to US$950,000 (Venom GT), you’d need deep pockets (and an even deeper breath) before committing to these road-going monsters.