• 2016 Rezvani Beast Speedster

It’s been only a few months since Rezvani launched the 2016 Rezvani Beast, a 500-horsepower track toy aimed at established lightweight cars such as the 2013 Caterham Seven 620R and 2015 Ariel Atom 3S, and the American company has introduced a second version of its sports car. Meet the Beast Speedster, a less powerful but still exciting road-legal sports car that comes at a more affordable price than the standard Beast.

Designed by the same Samir Sadikhov, the Beast Speedster features everything the standard Beast does, including the engine, but output has been decreased significantly. But although it might not be as powerful and quick as the Beast, the Speedster does offer enticing performance that enables it to outgun sports car coming from more established carmakers. After all, it is also built on a chassis sourced from the incredibly fast 2015 Ariel Atom 3S.

As with the Beast, the Speedster’s secret lies in its low, 1,650-pound curb weight, carbon-fiber construction, and extreme aerodynamics, which allow it to deliver outstanding performance despite being only as powerful as a 2016 Nissan Maxima sedan. Keep reading for the full rundown.

Continue reading to learn more about the Rezvani Beast Speedster.

  • 2016 Rezvani Beast Speedster
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Transmission:
    6 Speed Close Ratio Manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    300 @ 7650
  • Torque @ RPM:
    225 @ 5850
  • Displacement:
    2.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    139000
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Exterior

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Although the Speedster moniker might suggest that this sports car employs a different body style than the Beast, the two are actually identical as far as design goes. The Speedster sports the same aggressive styling as the Beast, including the massive three-piece splitter and slender headlamps under the sloped nose, flared wheel arches, and the large air outlets on the front hood, which allows high-pressure air to flow from under the hood to reduce lift.

The same goes for the rear end, which is as sexy as the Beast’s thanks to its slim taillights, massive diffuser, sculpted bumper, and exhaust pipes integrated into the engine hood, as seen on the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder. From the side, you’ll probably recognize the race-inspired, muscular silhouette of the Beast, but also stumble across the only feature that sets the Speedster apart from its more powerful sibling. That would be the subtle "Speedster" badge on the front fender.

Exterior Dimensions

Weight 1650 lbs (750 kg)
Length 165.2 inches (4,145 mm)
Width 80.1 inches (1,981 mm)
Wheelbase 92.3 inches (2,345 mm)
Height 38.3 inches (970 mm)
Fuel tank capacity 11 Gallons (42 Liters)

Interior

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While the exterior of the Speedster is basically identical to the standard Beast, the interior received a range of add-ons that help set the two cars apart. Specifically, while the Beast is a full-fledged track car with no convenience features whatsoever except for Apple CarPlay, the Speedster comes with a number of items that upgrade its cabin to premium specs.

The carbon-fiber seats now have leather surfaces, and the steering wheel and gear shifter feature red contrast stitching. The dashboard is also wrapped in black leather and red stitching, as are the door panels. Make no mistake though, while the Speedster’s cabin seems like a more comfortable place to be and has soft-touch surfaces all over the place, the spartan, track-spec configuration remained unchanged. Underneath all that leather, the Speedster is as radical as the regular Beast.

Drivetrain

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Motivation is provided by the same supercharged, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine found in the Beast, but output has been reduced to 300 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque in the Speedster. That’s a significant, 200-horsepower and 149-pound-feet decrease from the Beast, which translates into a 0-to-60 mph sprints that takes nearly a full second longer. Specifically, the Speedster needs 3.5 seconds to hit the benchmark, whereas the Beast will do it in only 2.7 ticks.

Granted, it’s not as quick as the Caterham 620R or Ariel Atom 3S, a feat that makes the Beast an awesome car, but the Speedster’s performance figures are nothing to sneeze at. It’s actually quicker than the KTM X-Bow GT, as well as the Vuhl 05, which is not only slightly more powerful, but lighter too.

The Beast’s six-speed, close-ratio manual transmission with limited-slip differential handles the shifting in the Speedster.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 24 DOHC 2.4L Rotrex™ Supercharged
Output 300 HP @ 7,650 RPM
Torque 225 LB-FT @ 5,850 RPM
Transmission 6 Speed Close Ratio Manual (with Limited Slip Differential)
0-60 MPH 3.5 Seconds

Prices

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Pricing for the Beast Speedster starts from $139,000, which makes it $26,000 cheaper than the 500-horsepower beast. I guess it’s up to you to decide if 200 extra horses are worth the price of a 2016 Ford Mustang EcoBoost.

Competition

2011 KTM X-Bow R

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Aimed at the same niche as the Rezvani Beast, the X-Bow R uses an Audi-sourced, turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The four-pot cranks out 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet, which sends the X-Bow from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 144 mph. The KTM uses a six-speed manual transmission and a mechanical slip differential to put its power to the pavement. The main reason why it’s slower than the Beast Speedster is because the X-Bow R is a tad heavier at 1,742 pounds.

Find out more about the KTM X-Bow here.

2014 VUHL 05

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Designed and built by Mexican brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria, the VUHL 05 is a full-fledged speedster that extremely aggressive by design and incredibly light at only 1,532 pounds. Featuring a chassis built using aerospace technology and a 2.0-liter EcoBoost, four-cylinder engine rated at 285 horses and 309 pound-feet of torque, the VUHL takes only 3.6 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph and tops out at 152 mph. Though it’s a bit slower than the Beast, it has the advantage of being significantly more affordable, retailing from under $100,000 before options.

Find out more about the VUHL 05 here.

Conclusion

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Although it’s not as spectacular as the standard Beast in terms of horsepower and performance, the Beast Speedster is an awesome car to have if you’re looking for lightness, strong acceleration, and an interior that’s a bit more comfortable than a race car. The Speedster remains a track toy above anything else, but it’s great the Rezvani is now offering a slightly more affordable version with a leather interior, and performance figures that would still make may sports cars blush.

  • Leave it
    • Too slow for the radical Caterham 620R
    • Pretty expensive compared to its rivals
Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea
Senior Editor and Supercar Expert - ciprian@topspeed.com
Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read full bio
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