For the first time we heard about Devel Sixteen in November 2013, but it was just a few days ago that the enigmatic hypercar underwent its first test. Although the project started in 2008, this concept appeared to be a little awkward at times during recent testing in Italy.
Furthermore, the test vehicle lacked the quad turbos, implying that the massive V16 motor produced far less than the promised 5,007 hp.
To refresh your memory, the Dubai-based carmaker states that the track-only variant will produce that insane performance, while the streetcar will be limited to just 3,000 hp. If it ever happens, a basic Sixteen will have a V8 engine providing a still-healthy 1,500 hp.
The final design was introduced in 2017 by Defining Extreme Vehicles Car Industry LLC, which promised a mountain-moving torque of 3,757 lb-ft (5,094 Nm) for the track variant and a max speed of 320 mph (515 km/h).
The motor is based on a pair of LS V8s that have been heavily altered by Steve Morris Engines. Paolo Garella, an Apollo IE and SCG 003 engineer, is in charge of construction and has stated previously that the V8 and V16 road cars will use a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The 5,007-hp model will feature transmission for dragsters.
The recently published video does not show the neck-twisting power claimed by Devel, but the project is almost complete since the firm states that delivering a customer automobile needs 8 months. The V8 runs $1.6 million, the V16 $1.8 million, and the track vehicle over $2 million, assuming pricing hasn't increased.
Although it's important to stay wary, these are hints that the V16 beast isn't pure hype.