From the instant it was revealed, the Devel Sixteen supercar, unveiled at the 2013 Dubai International Motor Show, has had people up in arms, claiming its supposed 5,000bhp and 0-60mph in 1.8 seconds is just flat out impossible. Now, before you leap into the fiery debate, recognize that it’s been confirmed as a prototype design, not yet in actual production—with a supposed release date of 2020. So whether future performance would be anywhere near the promise potential remains to be seen.
Still, the details are worth taking notice of. The Devel Sixteen supposedly has a top speed of 560km/h. Design influences appear to be drawn from a variety of other supercars, including Pagani Zondas, Koenigsegg, and Lamborghini Veneno, and the Lykan Hypersport W Motors.
For comparison, a current 0-60mph time is held by the Ariel Atom, with a V8 engine that hits the mark at 2.3 seconds. The 2002 Lingenfelter Chevrolet Corvette also clocked in at 1.97 seconds. As far as top speeds and horsepower, look at the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which hits 267mph and 1,200bhp. So we’d be looking at a supercar that would need to nearly double the speed and be almost 5x current horsepower standards.
An actual built version has been videotaped driving around Dubai, but whether it’s just made to look like the Devel Sixteen or can come anywhere near the claimed specs is anyone’s guess.
Various press reports suggested it would come with a V16 engine and come with a $1 million price tag. So far, people have been lobbing all sorts of descriptions at the Devel Sixteen, calling it everything from “absurd” to “impossible” to “absolute bullshit.” Others, however, call it a dream or a worthy goal to aspire to. What’s your perspective? Is this just a silly attempt to conjure up industry buzz or do you think this could actually be a reality someday?