• The 5,000-HP Devel 16 Is Alive And Testing, And Boy Does It Sound Brutal

A video of the 12.3 liter beast, on test in Italy, was shared online by one of it’s creators

Rashid Al-Attar, one of the designers of the amazing project Devel Sixteen, posted a tiny video on his Instagram account showcasing the prototype of this monster undergoing testing.


The 5,000-HP Devel 16 Is Alive And Testing, And Boy Does It Sound Brutal
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Devel Motors began development on the car back in 2008.

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

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The car was under the radar, until a video of the car surfaced doing a test run last week in Italy.

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.


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We are glad to know that the car is actually under development and we might indeed see it on the road eventually. I mean you just have to listen to that V-16 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.

Devel Sixteen specifications
Engine/Powertrain: 12.3-liter quad-turbo V-16 engine
Horsepower: 5,007 horsepower
Torque: 3,757 pound-feet
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.

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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