Dubai’s Al-Ain Class Motors is one of the few dealerships in the world selected by W Motors to sell its first product, the Lykan Hypersport. Just seven examples are destined for production, each priced from an estimated $3.4 million.
In case you’re unfamiliar with W Motors, the company was established in Lebanon in 2012 by a man named Ralph Debbas, who now serves as CEO. He assembled a group of engineers to help develop the Lykan Hypersport, and worked closely with companies such as Magna Steyr, Italian design house StudioTorino and reborn Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Viotti to help bring it to production.
Billed as “Arabia’s first supercar,” the Lykan Hypersport features a bespoke carbon fiber monocoque passenger cell, and a 3.8-liter flat-six from famous Porsche tuner RUF. Peak output registers at 770 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque, which is channeled to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
W Motors quotes a 0-62 mph time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 240 mph. The latter is dependent on the gearbox selection. Such performance puts the car in the same category as exclusive cars such as the Bugatti Veyron and Koenigsegg Agera R, but the attributes of the Lykan Hypersport don’t end there.
To justify its lofty price tag, the car has been designed to incorporate jewels and precious metals in its construction. The headlights, for example, feature titanium blades with 420 diamonds embedded in them. There are also some pretty advanced features in the cabin, such as a 9-inch hologram display and gesture recognition system, something the major automakers are still years away from introducing.
Now that the Lykan Hypersport has been completed, W Motors is focused on its next project, a lighter and more powerful car called the Lykan Supersport. It’s due in about a year’s time.