When Ralph R Debbas founded W Motors in Beirut with Sari El Kahalil in July 2012, he wanted to create the world’s most expensive, luxurious, and exclusive car. Well he’s made a fair fist of it with the Lykan Hypersport, which has been unveiled at the 2013 Qatar Motor Show. W Motors will limit numbers of the car, which it heralds as “the first Arabian hypercar,” to just seven, each priced from US$3.4 million.
W Motors, which is now based in Dubai, is claiming performance figures that put the rear-wheel-drive Lykan Hypersport in the same league as the Bugatti Veyron Super Sports. Powered by a mid-rear positioned, twin turbocharged flat-six engine generating 750 horsepower, W Motors says the car can go from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in a neck-snapping 2.8 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 395 km/h (245 mph).
The car’s angular styling was inspired by the Arabic symbol for seven, which is “V” and is of course considered a lucky number. This was also the thinking behind limiting the number of cars produced to seven. A special plate embedded in the roof above the rear window displays the number of the vehicle, along with the delivery date.