There is a wild new entry in the supercar world, and it goes by the name ‘Beast.’
The Rezvani Beast uses the bare bones Ariel Atom sports car as a base, before upping the performance (and craziness) to levels that rival the worlds’ fastest exotic cars.
Tipping the scales at only 1,550 lbs., the Beast 500 weighs about 1,000 lbs. less than a tiny Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster. But with 500-horsepower on tap, courtesy of a supercharged andturbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the Rezvani Beast can scorch its rear wheels on its way to sub-3.0 second runs from zero to 60 mph.
Only a few cars, such as the Bugatti Veyron and Nissan GT-R, accelerate faster than this bantamweight.
Even the milder version, the supercharged Beast 300, is ridiculously quick. With 315-horsepower, along with an even lighter 1,470 lb. curb-weight, this ‘entry-level’ model could humiliate many Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Aston Martins.
The only transmission offered is a 6-speed manual fitted with a limited slip differential. Carbon fiber body panels are affixed to the Ariel Atom’s tubular frame, and Alcon competition-spec brakes are tucked neatly behind each 19-inch PUR alloy wheel.
A stout roll-cage is there, should things go really wrong. To minimize the chance of any mishaps, Rezvani also includes a one-day driving course on a racetrack with the purchase of any Beast 500 – we’d suggest taking them up on that offer!
Extreme performance is standard, but a windshield and hinged doors are not. You’ll have to pay a little more for those niceties – and forget about a top, there isn’t one.
Act fast if you want a bargain, because the first two examples of the Beast 300 and Beast 500 are being sold at a “Launch Edition” price. The Beast 300 will set you back $99,500, while the Beast 500 Launch Edition starts at $124,900. These prices will jump by about $20-grand apiece once the special Launch models are sold.