"The Lykan is assuredly a car for the times. It looks extremely tough, thanks to layered surfacing treatments that create the impression of an armored vehicle. The light military themes appear in a number of other places on the car, including the thick roof. If not bomb-proof, the Lykan certainly looks bomb-resistant.
At first, the sides of the car look like a choppy mess of lines and shapes. The door is inward from the body panels by at least five inches. The fenders curve up around the wheels smoothly from the front, but from the back the flares back, they have a chopped, sharp bottom edge.
This allows a massive vent just behind each wheel, reducing air pressure in the wheel wells and increasing aero slipperiness. The scissor doors are wild, but nothing compared to the rear fender. This is the most brutal part of the design, with the fender flaring out wildly from the bodywork, almost like a 1960s Ford GT Le Mans entry, whose rear end is visibly about two feet wider than the front.
The most important part of the Lykan Hypersport exterior design is that it is real – not a rendering or computer generated. Hypercar vaporware is as popular as ever, and digital exterior renderings often don’t materialize. The interior of this car is one of its more vapor-esque features. Does it exist outside a computer? From these images, the answer is ‘not yet.’ The mock-ups are pretty impressive, nonetheless. They show sophisticated shapes, materials and technology.
The seats and steering wheel are good examples of W Motors philosophy with the Lykan Hypersport. They appear to blend pure racing features, like carbon-fiber shells for the seats and tiny diameter for the steering wheel, with some of the imperatives from their buyers. Atop the slim one-piece carbon seats there are individual leather pads spaced about a half inch apart. The steering wheel is draped with thick racing Alcantara near the 9 o’ clock and 3 o’ clock positions.
The gauges are ID4 displays via the TFT panel, allowing different data, display colors and more right in the center speed area. The ID4 motion-graphic design mimics the speedometer and tachometer tech from the Lexus LFA. The dash has space for a large central touchscreen that promises holographic features that pop out from the screen as a finger approaches. Creepy but cool.
The ignition key for the car is a slim carbon fiber triangle with normal features like remote start, locks and trunk releases. It also includes remote door handles, allowing his Highness to remotely click open the scissor doors. He then simply sits down and shuts the door, and is off.
The powertrain of this car is one of its most special features. The Lykan is powered by a mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged boxer six crate motor from the German tuner, RUF, creating 750 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque. It is matched with other go-fast bits from the RUF Porsche parts bin.
"W Motors will limit numbers of the car, which it heralds as “the first Arabian hypercar,” to just seven, each priced from US$3.4 million.
W Motors, which is now based in Dubai, is claiming performance figures that put the rear-wheel-drive Lykan Hypersport in the same league as the Bugatti Veyron Super Sports."
Peak power - 750 horsepower
Peak torque - 750 pound-feet
0-to-60-mph - 2.8 seconds
Top Speed - 245 mph
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Engine 6.5-liter V-12 engine
Horsepower 750 Horsepower
0 to 60 mph 2.9 seconds
Top speed 221 mph
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Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door hatchback
Base Price - $150,000
Base Price - coupe, $129,500; convertible, $146,300
Engine Type - DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection