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The Lykan Hypersport by W Motors is as rare as hen’s teeth.
A decade or so ago, automotive experts created the word 'hypercar' to describe the highest-performing and most expensive road-legal supercars money can buy. Since then, various manufacturers have built several cars classified as hypercars – the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren Speedtail, Bugatti Chiron, Koenigsegg Jesko, and Porsche 918 Spyder are just a few of them.
Most hypercars are built by renowned manufacturers like Bugatti and McLaren, which is not surprising since they have decades of experience building similar cars. However, some hypercars are built by automakers that most gearheads have never heard of. The Lykan Hypersport is a perfect example of this. The Lykan Hypersport was developed by W Motors, a Lebanese automaker established in 2012. Let's explore ten awesome facts about the Lykan Hypersport most gearheads don't know.
The Middle East is known for many things – their oil-rich lands, rich culture, strong religious beliefs, delicious food, and their love for the most expensive European supercars. While Middle Eastern people love to buy cars, they're not known for manufacturing them. In fact, most gearheads can not name one Middle-East-based automaker.
However, that all changed in 2012 when Lebanese automotive entrepreneur Ralph R. Debbas established W Motors with the goal of developing high-performance luxury sports cars. W Motors' first car – the Lykan Hypersport – showed that the Middle East could also produce world-class sports cars.
While the Lykan Hypersport was built by a new company, you couldn't tell just by looking at it. That's because it has a fantastic design that looks great from every angle. We love the light military theme created by its thick roof and layered body surfacing treatments that make it look like an armored vehicle.
We also love the wild 'suicide-swan' doors, as well as the large rear fender that makes it look like a race car.
Middle Eastern people love ostentatious design elements in cars and pay millions to have features not found in other cars. W Motors knows this, so they equipped the Lykan Hypersport with the most expensive headlights in any production car.
The Lykan Hypersport's headlights have titanium LED blades with 440 15-carat diamonds. Depending on the vehicle's color, buyers could opt for rubies, yellow diamonds, and sapphires.
The Lykan Hypersport was meant to be quick, but W Motors also wanted it to have a comfortable and luxurious interior. The car's interior is upholstered in high-quality leather, while the steering wheel is covered in thick racing Alcantara for maximum driver comfort. There's even gold stitching on the seats.
Buyers also got advanced tech in the interior. For instance, the vehicle has advanced holographic technology that allows drivers to interact with its interface without touching physical buttons or touchscreens.
W Motors wanted the Lykan Hypersport to compete against the most powerful European sports cars. As such, they hired RUF Automobile – a renowned German car manufacturer – to build a special engine for the car.
RUF Automobile didn't disappoint. The Lykan Hypersport is powered by a 3.7-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine that produces 780 ponies and 708 lb-ft of torque, making it fast.
The Lykan Hypersport is equipped with premium features – a 780-hp engine paired with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission, a limited-slip differential, MacPherson strut suspension, and high-performance Pirelli P Zeros tires.
Thanks to all these features, the Lykan Hypersport has insane performance figures. It takes just 2.7 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph and will go on to reach a claimed top speed of 245 mph, enough to make it one of the fastest cars of the 2010s.
Cop cars are typically boring-looking sedans like the Ford Crown Victoria. However, some police precincts prefer something a bit more flashy, particularly those from the Middle East.
One of the few Lykan Hypersports was purchased by the Abu Dhabi Police. We have no idea why the Abu Dhabi Police would need such a rare and expensive supercar, but if you're a criminal, you better hope you don't end up in a high-speed chase with them.
The Lykan Hypersport is one of the most iconic movie cars of all time, having been featured in the Fast and The Furious franchise. In the seventh Fast and The Furious film, the Lykan Hypersport is involved in a fantastic scene where Vin Diesel uses it to jump from one skyscraper to another.
Don't worry about the cars used in the film, though, as none of them were production models. W Motors built ten cars for the film – 9 were destroyed after filming, while one is currently displayed in the W Motors showroom.
The Lykan Hypersport is a unicorn of a supercar. With only seven examples ever made, the Lykan Hypersport is one of the rarest sports cars ever.
Of the seven examples, six were available for purchase by customers while one was sold to the Abu Dhabi Police, as mentioned earlier. Unless you're one of the six lucky owners, the only way you'll ever get to sit in the Lykan Hypersport is if you get caught by the Abu Dhabi Police after a high-speed chase.
The Lykan Hypersport is a rare hypercar with a superb design, a powerful engine, a 245-mph top speed, and diamonds in the headlights – we don't have to tell you that it's expensive.
At launch, the Lykan Hypersport cost a whopping $3.4 million, making it the third most expensive production car at the time. We don't even want to imagine how much a collector would have to pay for it today.
Martin is a seasoned content creator who has been writing about cars for over a decade, and has been in love with them for even longer. Growing up, Martin was surrounded by gearheads who instilled a deep love and understanding for cars in him at a young age. He loves to learn and write about all the developments happening in the auto industry – especially in the EV space. When he’s not writing about cars, he likes to spend quality time with his wife, kids, and fur baby.
10 Things You Didn't Know About W Motors Lykan Hypersport – HotCars
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