The 5,000-HP Devel 16 Is Alive And Testing, And Boy Does It Sound Brutal
Does Devel Sixteen still ring any bells? Well, that’s the nickname of this missile on wheels, which is made by Devel Motors based in Dubai. They claim that it would become the world’s most powerful road-going hypercar.
That might be pushing it, but when it comes to this collection of automotive superlatives, the numbers speak for themselves. The Devel features a 16-cylinder 12.3-liter engine that produces a colossal 5007 horsepower and tops out at a whopping 348 mph. With such outrageous numbers, I guess they have a point.
The Test Run
With a name that aptly describes this beast, the Devel Sixteen has rarely been spotted. But we got lucky as a video has now surfaced online of the hypercar built in Dubai. In the video, the car can be seen with its engine running and wheels rolling. It comes courtesy of one of its creators, Rashid Al-Attar, who put it up on his Instagram channel, while the Devel was undergoing a trial run in Italy.
From the video, it looks like the Devel Sixteen is still a long way from being delivered to a customer. But we aren’t complaining because the video at least gave us a chance to hear that V-16 naturally aspirated engine.
With a massive 12.3-liter V-16 engine and a claimed output of 5007 horsepower and 3757 pound-feet of torque, the Devel Sixteen is predicted to get from 0 to 60 mph in less than two seconds.
|Engine/Powertrain:||12.3-liter quad-turbo V-16 engine|
|0 to 60 MPH:||1.8 seconds|
|Top speed:||348 mph|
Obviously, this hypercar still has a lot to prove, but if it lives up to its promises, many current hypercars from the likes of Bugatti, Koenigsegg, or even Rimac will have to work hard to keep up with the Devel. It’s no walk in the park to develop so much power from an engine, even if it has 16 cylinders. The Devel will also have to contend with the increasingly stringent anti-emission regulations which are coming into force.
To Sum it Up
When exactly will we see the Devel Sixteen’s final version? Well that’s the million-dollar question isn’t it: Because, since 2008 (the year that the Devil made its debut), there have been numerous issues, ranging from engine reliability to aerodynamic refinement. Regardless, this video does look promising to the few customers who have ordered it. At least we know for a fact the car is actually underway. Watch this space.
- Devel Sixteen