Fenyr SuperSport: W Motors’ next Step after Lykan HyperSport
The year was 2013 and the event was Qatar Motor Show… A small car company from UAE no one had ever heard of, climbs the centre stage and takes the automotive world by storm with its creation- The Lykan HyperSport!
The car grabbed eyeballs and everyone seemed fascinated by its sharp and futuristic design as if it came straight out of some sci-fi movie. Thousands of people thronged the event to get a glimpse of the hypercar from a car company that has no automotive pedigree.
But given the success and figures of this car, one has to accept that W Motors is here to stay. With a limited production of just 7 pieces and a list of special ingredients which are used in making this beaut, makes it one of the most expensive drives in the world.
The HyperSport uses a 3.7 L twin-turbocharged flat-six engine developed by RUF Automobile producing a maximum power output of 750 PS (740 bhp; 552 kW) at 7,100 rpm and 960 Nm (708 lb-ft) of torque at 4,000 rpm that catapults this engineering marvel to a claimed top speed of 245 mph.
If these figures alone didn’t make your eyes pop, there’s more… Those sharp and precisely designed headlamps you see are studded with titanium and diamonds… yep, Diamonds! Buyers are given a choice of diamonds and sapphires to choose from, to suit their taste. Why do you think it is the 3rd most expensive car in the whole darn world?
These were the facts from under the hood and in front of it. Now the interior: Lykan HyperSport was the first car to come with an interactive motion feature enabled holographic display system on the centre console. This enabled an interactive connection between the driver and Lykan’s multimedia interface and other vehicle control systems. The holographic display system put the Lykan way ahead of its time. But that’s not it; they stitched the car seats with gold after all the company is from UAE!
Well, that was it about the Lykan HyperSport… The production of the car that unravelled the automobile industry was officially closed in 2016. So what was the next step for W Motors after the success of its first car? Make something faster, more aggressive and outrageous than the Lykan HyperSport… And they did!
A year before Lykan HyperSport’s production was stopped; W Motors unveiled the Fenyr SuperSport at the 2015 Dubai Motor Show. Fenyr did it again what its predecessor had done- amaze the crowd. From the outside, W Motors took the basic designing concept of the Lykan and doubled it on the Fenyr. The new car appears to be more beefed-up with flared wheel-arch, ventilated hood, massive air intakes in the front and the sides.
If you look at the front of the Fenyr, it closely resembles Ultron from ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron”… Doesn’t it? No? It’s just us? Ok, Fine! It’s actually the rear where a lot is going on. In the latest promotional video, W Motors specifically drew our attention to the active rear spoiler. Or should we say three rear spoilers? They call it the “Triptych” and consist of three separate moving flaps. These flaps operate through a complex electro-mechanical system which according to the company guaranteed the synchronous movement of all three surfaces. The two side panels or flaps deploy at 80 kmph (50 mph) while the centre panel deploys at 120 kmph (75 mph). Just like other supercars, these panels help keep the car planted on the ground at high speed. While braking, these panels fold back seamlessly into the body.
A peek under the hood shows a 3.8L twin-turbocharged flat-six Porsche engine tuned by RUF who were responsible for Lykan’s power train too. This time, the flat-six churns out 596 kW (810 PS; 799 hp) at 7,100 rpm and 980 Nm (723 lb-ft) of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine is placed mid-rear, bolted to tubular aluminium chassis also designed by RUF and mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission from Porsche, giving a 50-50 weight distribution.
Fenyr weighs 1450kg which is 200kg lighter than the Lycan. The claimed 0-62mph is 2.8 seconds and 0-124mph is 9.4 seconds, hitting the far side of the speedo at around 250mph.
Unlike the Lykan, Fenyr SuperSport is a performance vehicle and 25 pieces will be produced each year till a total of 100 cars are made. This means it will be cheaper and less exclusive than its predecessor… which it is, at $1.9 million. W Motors is giving its customers the ability to customise every facet of their own car. This means no two Fenyr will be the same giving its owner a sense of individuality.