Since debuting at the Dubai Motor Show a few years back, the 5,000-hp Devel Sixteen has been getting a lot of attention. So, why the hype over the 16-cylinder hypercar?
For one, the stats alone on this car would make anyone’s heart race. We’re talking a top speed of 348 MPH and a 0-60 time of 1.8 seconds. Or, so they say. This below video of the Devel Sixteen from early September doesn’t really show the car pushing its limits.
For the most part, the supercar has been shrouded in mystery. Occasionally seen at car shows, the Devel Sixteen “will be a legend in the history of supercars” and usher in “a new era of supercars,” according to the Dubai-based company. Sounds promising, but we’ll believe it when we see it.
Back in November 2018, YouTuber Supercar Blondie was apparently the first person in the world (aside from the manufacturers) to drive the thing. Since then, Devel has released some more details regarding its plans for the highly-touted supercar.
Devel plans three different versions, starting with a pair of street-legal versions: the base, which puts out a mere (!) 2,000 horsepower, courtesy of a V8, will reportedly start around $1.6 million, and a midrange 3,000-hp variant equipped with the vaunted V16 quad-turbo engine for a cool $1.8 million. The grand Poobah 5,000-hp version will come with an 81-mm quad-turbo 12.3-liter V16, cost around $2.2 million, and with production reportedly capped at seven examples per year, be built in Texas.
That’s a lot of numbers there, so here’s the main takeaway: The Devel Sixteen will pack a insane amount of power and cost a insane amount of money. Leave it to some insanely rich oil tycoon to be the person who gets to own this ridiculous ride.