2017 Rezvani Beast X
Rezvani Motors was only founded in 2014, but in just a little over a year, the company has managed to successfully break into the market. Rezvani’s first offering was the Beast, a 500-horsepower, street-legal track toy that was nothing short of spectacular on the track. Rezvani is now building off of the success of the Beast and the subsequent Beast Speedster by introducing a juiced-up version of the track superstar. It’s called the Beast X, and as you’d expect, that “X” stands for something sinister.
Much like its predecessors, the Beast X carries the same Ariel Atom-sourced chassis and Honda Racing engine, but its purpose is to obliterate anything in its path on the race track. That’s no easy task considering what the Atom V8 did to Jeremy Clarkson’s face, but the Beast X has both the power and lightness to give most supercars a run for their money.
On top of that, the Beast X marks the arrival of Rezvani’s new X division, which will be responsible for "the most extreme and exclusive high-performance tuning of Rezvani vehicles and motorsport." The company plans to release more X-badged models in the future, but until that happens, we’ll have a closer look at the quickest and most powerful Beast ever built.
Updated 11/24/2015: Rezvani announced the official details on the Beast X - the most powerful and exclusive Beast ever produced. It will be limited to only 5 units, each carrying a price tag of $325,000.
Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Rezvani Beast X.
2017 Rezvani Beast X
Horsepower @ RPM:700 (Est.)
0-60 time:3 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:186 mph (Est.)
The Rezvani Beast is different from other track-day racers mostly because it actually looks like an actual sports car. It has an outrageous design that not only conveys an image that does its name justice, but also delivers outstanding aerodynamic efficiency. Not surprisingly, the Beast X is a slightly more aggressive version of the standard model, sporting the same design that involves heaps of sharp angles on the car’s panels and plenty of air outlets to help keep it from completely becoming out of control.
Notable modifications include a revised front fascia with new LED headlamps and a more aggressive bumper design
Notable modifications include a revised front fascia with new LED headlamps and a more aggressive bumper design, which includes a dual splitter layout. Although the side panels were carried over from the Beast, the X comes with carbon-fiber side wings over the skits and new multi-spoke wheels that are lighter than the standard rims.
Around back, there’s a new spoiler and a dual, carbon-fiber wing that helps reduce drag and improve handling in the corners. On top of that, it also makes the Beast X seem significantly more aggressive and track-focused than its siblings.
Note: Rezvani Beast Speedster pictured here.
Rezvani has yet to reveal photos or details of the interior, but the cabin of the Beast X should also be similar to the standard. That means we can expect to see a pair of racing seats and a flat-bottom, carbon-fiber steering wheel. I’m not as clear on whether the Beast X will also get Apple CarPlay, but if the Rezvani Beast has it, I don’t see any reason why a model that’s more powerful and more expensive won’t get it. I’m also holding out hope that the Beast X’s cabin will feature a few luxury amenities not found in either the Beast and the Beast Speedster. Maybe some leather and/or Alcantara trim, perhaps?
Even though the Beast X is about 200 pounds heavier than the base car, the added power is enough to push it from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds
The Beast X features the same 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine provided by Honda Racing. However, whereas the Beast’s produces 500 horsepower and 374 pound-feet of torque, the X’s cranks out a whopping 700 horses. The extra oomph comes from a pair of Borg Warner turbochargers, forged pistons and valves, and enhanced engine internals. For reference, the Beast has a supercharged unit.
Even though the Beast X is about 200 pounds heavier than the base car, the added power is enough to push it from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, making it 0.2 second quicker than the base model.
There’s no word as to whether the standard six-speed manual gearbox received any improvements, but Rezvani also offers an optional sequential automatic gearbox.
Much like other Beast models, the X rides on the same Ariel Atom-sourced chassis. The sports car uses independent, forged aluminum suspension systems with anti-roll bars front and rear and Bilstein, 10-way adjustable dampers. Stopping power comes from four-piston competition brakes and race pads, both made by Alcon. The wheels can be wrapped in either Continental SportContact 5P or Toyo R888 tires.
Since performance doesn’t come cheap, the Beast X will carry quite a hefty price tag, set at $325,000. Although it’s significantly more than what you have to pay for the entry-level Beast, which starts from $165,000, the X’s sticker isn’t surprising given only five units will be built. Rezvani says owners will also gain free access to a number of tracks around the United States.
At this point, picking a track-toy racer has become really difficult. There are just so many options to choose from, one of which, it can be said, set the bar for high-performance track cars. The Ariel Atom has been around since 2001 and in the 10-plus years that it has thrilled owners all over the world, the Atom has established itself as one of the finest track cars in the segment.
The most recent of its models is the third-generation Atom, dubbed the 3S. While most of the Atom 3S’ design is retained from the original Atom, Ariel has given it a host of tweaks, including new "Atom 3S" graphics and stripes. It also retains the same 2.4-liter turbocharged Honda engine but it did bump up the engine’s output to 365 horsepower. Prospective owners also have the choice to pick between two transmissions, including a standard and close-ratio units, as well as a new, race-spec six-speed sequential transmission from Sadey. With its new specs in tow, the Atom 3S is capable of sprinting from 0-to-60 mph in just under 2.8 seconds to go with a top speed of around 155 mph. Pricing for the Atom 3S starts at $64,500 for the naturally-aspirated model.
If customers think that the 3S is a little too tame for they’re liking, they can opt to get the Atom V8 500 and it’s insane amount of horsepower. They’re going to have to pay a premium for it – about $225,000 – but with that extra expense, you get a track car that has 500 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque. That kind of power allows the Atom V8 500 to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds to go with a top speed of 168 mph.
Read more about the Ariel Atom 3S here.
The Rezvani Beast left me speechless when I first laid my eyes on it and the Beast X had a lot to live up to. Fortunately, Rezvani didn’t disappoint and created a sports car that’s worthy of the "X" badge. Granted, the Beast X is anything but cheap, but it wears the kind of price tag you have to expect from an exclusive track toy with so many carbon-fiber components and supercar-like output and performance.