With supercar performance and minimalist, carbon-fiber bodywork, the Rezvani Beast is already … well, a beast. But Ferris Rezvani and company thought there was still more potential to extract from their creation, so they made something even beastlier.
The Rezvani Beast X is ready to terrorize road and track with 700 horsepower. That’s a 200-horsepower gain over the previous most powerful version of the car’s tuned 2.0-liter, four-cylinder Honda engine. It also means the Beast X makes nearly the power of a Dodge Hellcat, but with half the cylinders.
To accomplish that, Rezvani added a pair of new turbochargers and a new intercooler. A six-speed manual transmission remains standard, although a sequential gearbox with paddle shifters is also available. Rezvani also upgraded the chassis to handle the extra power, added features like a new 10-way adjustable suspension system.
The Beast X is still based on the Ariel Atom, with carbon-fiber bodywork draped over the that car’s skeletal chassis. The new model gets revised front and rear fasciae, side wings, and dual rear wings to add downforce and keep the car planted. Rezvani says some of the aerodynamic elements also help cut drag.
The car gained about 200 pounds in its evolution, but still weighs just 1,850 pounds. That’s not much for 700 horsepower to push, and sure enough Rezvani quotes a 0-to-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds, or 0.2 second faster than the previous, 500-horsepower Beast 500.
If you’re wondering about the practicality of a flyweight two-seater with 700 horsepower, you’re probably missing the point. Rezvani certainly doesn’t consider the Beast X to be a mass-market item, as it only plans to make five copies. They’re starting at $325,000 each. Owners will get “free access to a number of tracks around the country” to wring out their cars, Rezvani says.
The carmaker also says the Beast X marks the beginning of a new “X” division, which will specialize in special projects related to motorsports, personalization, and generally making Rezvani cars more extreme. How the boffins are going to top this one remains to be seen.