In the world of extremely high end super cars there is a constant race to see who can build the fastest and most expensive production car. Earlier this week, we wrote about how the Hennessey Venom GT had been officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for having the fastest 0-186 acceleration time on the planet. The Venom GT beat out the Koenigsegg Agera R by 9/10ths of a second to set the record at 13.63 seconds. At the same time, with a top speed of 268 MPH and a base sticker price of $2.4 million, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is still the most expensive and fastest overall car in the world. All this might change very soon, with appearance of the Lykan Hypersport, a brand new Lebanese-built super car that is set to debut later this month at the Qatari Motor Show.
Chances are you’ve never heard of W Motors. We can now remedy that as the company’s first product, the Lykan supercar, has just made its world debut at the 2013 Qatar Motor Show and we have all the juicy details.
Billed as the world’s first Arabian supercar, the Lykan is set to go on sale later this year and is priced to start at a staggering $3.4 million.
Two separate versions of the car will be built, with production being limited to just seven examples in total.
Featured here is the range-topping Lykan Hypersport, which will be joined later this year by a Lykan Supersport.
To justify its lofty pricetag, the Lykan will come with interiors lined in diamonds, gold and platinum. Owners will also receive a Cyrus Klepcys Watch valued at $200,000, according to World Car Fans.
The Lykan Hypersport, which is being built by a Beirut-based company called W Motors, represents the first real attempt by an Arab auto manufacturer to compete on the world’s stage of exotic super cars. When the LykanHypersport debuts later this month, it’s expected to come with a base price tag of $3.5 million! That’s a full $1.1 million more than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, the current most expensive car in the world.
Asfor the part that counts, the mechanical package, W Motors has gone with a flat-six engine mounted in a mid-engine position.
Thanks to a twin-turbocharging system, the engine develops up to 750 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque, which W Motors says is enough to accelerate the car from 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and see it reach a top speed of 245 mph.
The overall design of the Lykan is unique, though there’s no denying the influences from more established supercars like the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Aventador. That body, composed mostly of carbon fiber, is constructed in Italy along with its lavish interior.
The engine specs and Italian construction shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as W Motors’ long list of technical partners include Italian design firm Magna Steyr Torino and Porsche specialist RUF.
W Motors was founded in Beirut, Lebanon, by Sari El Khalil and is now based in the United Arab Emirates. Its chairman, Ralph R Debbas, is a graduate from the prestigious Coventry University School of Art and Design in the UK.
So what exactly makes the Lykan Hypersport worth $3.5 million? Rumors have swirled around the potential features and capabilities of this super car. The LykanHypersport will reportedly be the most technologically advanced and luxurious car ever created. In terms of performance, the Lykan will come with a 750 horsepower, twin turbo engine that will pull 737 pounds of torque. The Lykan is expected to be able to go from 0-60 MPH in 2.8 seconds. By comparison, the Hennessey Venom GT can go from 0-60 in 2.7 seconds, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport can do it in just 2.5 seconds. The Lykan is expected to be able to reach a top speed of 267 MPH, just one MPH less than the world record Bugatti which can hit 268 MPH.
In terms of amenities, the LykanHypersport really sets itself apart and starts to earn its $3.5 million price tag. Owners of the car will have access to a 24 hour private concierge who will cater to your every need. Owners will also be given one of seven custom made $200,000 Cyrus Klepcys watches. The car itself features diamond encrusted LED lights and 24 karat gold stitching on the leather interior. The dashboard features a state-of-the-art interactive 3D holographic display, the likes of which has never been seen before.