The Bugatti Chiron. The Koenigsegg Agera RS. The Mercedes-AMG Project One. The Aston Martin Valkyrie. The Hennessey Venom F5. These are the names of five of the most prominent performance cars of 2017. Yet somehow, not one of these cars can lay claim to being the most bonkers car to make its debut this year. That title belongs to the Devel Sixteen, thought to be nothing more than a mythical figment of the imagination when the prototype was introduced to the public four years ago. That was back in 2013 when the Devel Sixteen first became “something.” Four years later, it’s more than just “something” now; it’s the real deal.
It only takes one look at the car before you realize that you’re looking at a machine that could revolutionize the supercar/hypercar segment the same way cars like the McLaren F1 and the Ferrari F40 did two decades ago. It’s too early to say if the Sixteen has that potential, but the numbers being thrown around by Devel are completely unheard of. Think the Chiron is powerful by having 1,500 horsepower at its disposal? Well, Devel claims the Sixteen has 5,007 horsepower. 5,007! That’s more than three times the power produced by Bugatti’s latest crown and jewel! Think this current race-to-300-mph is worthwhile to follow? The Sixteen may soon render that race irrelevant with claims that it can hit 350 mph without even breaking a sweat. At some point, the hypercar will have a lot to prove when it finally gives us a taste of what it’s capable of. Until then, we’re going to sit here with bags full of salt, waiting for Devel to show us what the Sixteen is really all about.
The prototype version of the Devel Sixteen left little to the imagination as the prototype’s outrageous design provided us with a good preview of what’s to come. But as is the case with concepts like the 2013 version of the Sixteen, Devel did a lot of massaging on the production version’s design. The result is no less spectacular as the 2017 version looks every bit the part of a supercar sent from outer space.
The new-look Devel Sixteen is an exercise in quality car design. The car looks particularly long and stretched, emphasized by how the body swoops around as if every panel is wrapped around another panel. The front end remains properly ludicrous with the short yet sharp nose, the massive front spoiler that sits close to the ground, and the eccentric way the headlights are packaged. Move to the sides and you’re greeted with the sweeping wheel arches, the extended body lines, and the plethora of intakes and air ducts that are all over the car’s body. I suppose if you’re carrying a V-16 engine underneath that body, you’re going to need all those intakes and cooling ducts.
The rear wheel arches actually have fins on top of them, a unique take to an otherwise old design trick that allows minimal disturbance to the air flow that hits the car.
If the production version of the Devel Sixteen really looks like this, it’s going to redefine the way cars of this status will be looked at in the future. It is fitting that Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) is partly responsible for the car’s design. After all, this is the same firm that had a hand in building cars like the SCG 003 and the Apollo Intensa Emozione, two exotics that looked every bit the part of supercars in their own right.
I’m not going to beat around the bush with this one. The Devel Sixteen, for all of its eccentric design traits, will forever be defined by its promise to perform like no other car in the history of the world. The first big revelation is the car’s engine. Somehow, someway, the Devel Sixteen is carrying a 12.3-liter V-16 quad-turbocharged engine. That’s the kind of engine you normally see in heavily tuned drag racers. If your minds aren’t blown yet, then prepare yourselves for this do of a revelation. According to Devel, that massive engine allows the Sixteen to tap into 5,007 horsepower and 3,519 pound-feet of torque worth of power. Gulp.
As insane as that sounds, the real question to ask is whether it’s even possible to achieve that kind of speed on a car. Fittingly, that question has been thrown around a lot in recent months, largely due to significant movement from some of the biggest players in the supercar segment. The Koenigsegg Agera RS recently broke the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s seven-year record after averaging a top speed of 277.9 mph. Bugatti hasn’t responded yet with a lap time of its own, but it says that the Chiron is capable of reaching 300 mph if the engine’s speed limiter was removed. Then there’s Hennessey and its Venom F5. It claims that 300 mph on the new hypercar is a lock, even if it hasn’t proven it yet.
All of that jostling will be meaningless though if the Devel Sixteen somehow manages to back up its own claim of hitting 310 mph. That’s an attempt I’m definitely tuning in to watch.
Devel Sixteen Prototype Specifications
- 12.3 LITER V16 QUAD TURBO
- 5,007 HP, 36 PSI
- 3,519 LB-FT @ 6,600 RPM, 36 PSI
- 3,006 HP @ 6,900 RPM, 20 PSI (92 93 PUMP GAS – DAILY USE)
- 2,407 TORQUE @ 6,400 RPM, 20 PSI
- DEVEL SIXTEEN BILLET ENGINE BLOCK
- DEVEL SIXTEEN CYLINDER HEADS
- DEVEL SIXTEEN CRANKSHAFT
- DEVEL SIXTEEN BILLET CAMSHAFT (ROLLER CAMSHAFT, STREET TUNE)
- 2 VALVEs PER CYLINDER (32 TITANIUM VALVE)
- 81 MM QUAD TURBO
Normally, assuming a car’s price tag is easy because there are so many references and comparisons to cull from. But I’m not even going to make any attempts at guessing how much Devel plans to sell the Sixteen if it does end up in production. I don’t even know how many units Devel plans to build. All I know is that a car with this much technology in it, not to mention a monstrous 12.3-liter V-16 engine underneath, is not going to come cheap. $7 million? $10 million? Maybe even $15 million? None of it matters. If you’re interested in buying the Sixteen, you’re going to need to break the bank for this one.