First-ever Arabian supercar debuts at Qatar auto show

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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One would think with more than 400 million people making up the 22-nation Arab League and stronger new vehicle sales than many other markets in the world, especially in the ultra-luxury sector, that a thriving automotive industry with unique Arabian brands would have developed, but only a smattering of attempts have been made. Possibly W Motors and their new supercar lineup will help to inspire others to join in.

The upstart automaker, founded in Beirut, Lebanon by Ralph R. Debbas and Sari El Kahalil in July of last year, will soon hit the market with not one but two supercars, the appropriately named Supersport, a higher volume model focusing on luxury as well as performance, and the Lykan Hypersport that just made its official debut at the 2013 Qatar auto show, an all-out super-performance model with an unfathomable price tag of $3.4 million.

While the new automaker had only planned to build seven total examples of the "limited edition" Hypersport, interest is reportedly so high that it will revise its initial production run to fill at least the 100-plus orders it has received since showing the car in Qatar.

"We'd like the first few cars to go to Arabs, even if we have received requests from Russia, China, the U.S.," said Debbas, W Motors Chairman and CEO, paying respect to the people that inspired the vehicle and funded its beginnings.

Is it worth the money? At first notion it appears the Hypersport is a couple of million dollars overpriced, but upon closer inspection it might just measure up to its price tag pound for pound in precious metals and gems. For instance, its eye-catching headlights won't only blind oncoming traffic with high-tech LEDs, but they'll likely sparkle brighter than any other supercar's beams thanks to white gold surrounds encrusted with every girls' best friend, diamonds. Then again if diamonds are the bling equivalent of metallic silver paint in the auto industry, buyers can choose emeralds, rubies or sapphires to match an alternative Hypersport exterior colour scheme.

Inside, genuine gold-stitched leather seats and trim abound while a world's first "Virtual Holographic Display" instrument panel will be sure to impress ogling patrons lining up in front of the Copacabana, Boudoir, Zinc, Kasbar, Vu's Bar or any number of other Dubai nightspots.

That is unless they can take their eyes off the car's composite body. Appearing as if stylistically influenced by Lamborghini's classic Countach and that Italian brand's more recent Reventon, as well as cars from the former U.S. automaker Vector, amongst others, it's "V" shape was chosen with the Arabic symbol for seven in mind, considered by most to be a lucky number. That V design theme gives it more razor sharp angles than any other supercar ever created let alone an F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter, and the go-power to at the very least beat its airborne inspiration in a tarmac sprint from zero to 100 km/h.

The Hypersport manages the feat in less than 3 seconds, the official number being 2.8 seconds to 100 km/h and then on to a top speed of 395 km/h (245 mph)! Yes, you're reading that correctly. Bugatti Veyron? Get to the back of the line.

What powers the beast? W Motors isn't boasting about where it sourced its powertrain, but then again it doesn't really need to as its engine's unorthodox layout and otherworldly performance means it couldn't hail from anywhere else but Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan (Subaru) or Stuttgart, Germany (Porsche), and we're betting on the latter. The Hypersport's mid-rear positioned, twin-turbocharged, horizontally opposed six-cylinder powerplant makes a staggering 750-horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque, and most likely will be as wonderfully reliable in this Arabian-built supercar as it is in a 911 Turbo.

Along with the its daunting performance, outrageous styling, gold and jewel studded bodywork and holographic instrument display, Hypersport buyers will also receive a limited edition Cyrus Klepcy wristwatch valued at $200,000, and lest we not forget, a 24/7 concierge service.

Production will begin in Italy and then transfer to a new assembly facility to be constructed in the Middle East, most likely in Dubai where the company is now based.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Sports Coupe, W Motors, Lykan Hypersport, Dubai, $99,999+, Exotic, Supercar,

Geographic location: Qatar, Dubai

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