Amidst the small world of Independent supercar and hypercar manufacturers sits a proud Rezvani. Rezvani Motors is the Irvine, California, U.S based supercar manufacturer and founded by Ferris Rezvani. After working on cars like Aston Martin, Ferrari and many others, Rezvani launched its own Rezvani Beast last year at a price of $200,000.
While the Rezvani Beast was every bit stunning and powerful, it was not practical because the Beast has no doors, no roofs and weighed only 800 odd kilograms. And now Rezvani has unveiled a more practical and even more beautiful looking version of the Beast roadster. The Beast Alpha unveiled by Rezvani at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show is the hardtop cousin of the two-seat Beast.
Like the roadster, the Beast Alpha is also priced at $200,000 and comes with the same 500-horsepower producing engine. The difference though is, the Beast Alpha weighs at least 150 kg heavier than the no roof version, hampering its performance to a great extent. The Beast Alpha is actually slower at 3.2 seconds for a 0-100 kmph run, as compared to the Beast who does the same sprint in 2.7 seconds.
But that's the only disadvantage Beast Alpha has got. In return, the coupe gets a few nice livability features, like a covered roof, which also happens to be removable. While the roof is meant for better aerodynamics, removable roof means you can get some wind in the hair when needed. What offsets in acceleration is countered by top speed, which is now 175 mph, as compared to 165 mph in the roadster.
But the main and most talked about feature is the new set of doors, that's unlike any other doors we have ever seen. The "SideWinder" doors pop out and slide forward, giving it a very futuristic look. Koenigsegg has almost similar set of doors that can't be opened if a car is parked nearby or there's a high curb where the car is parked.
As mentioned above, most of the mechanicals remain the same including the 2.4-litre K24 four-cylinder engine from Acura as a base. However, the Beast Alpha gets a Rotrex supercharger, while the Alpha gets a turbocharger. Rezvani also does a significant amount of engine work, including porting the head, adding new cams, and installing stronger pistons and rods.
Also, the Alpha uses an aluminum chassis based on a Lotus, while the normal Beast gets an Ariel Atom underpinning. In terms of the looks, let the images of the Alpha Beast do the talking. We would rather love to explain the cabin of the Alpha, which is pretty barebones. There's a touch of modernity here and there like the leather and Alcantara for the seats and panels.
An LCD screen similar to what you would find in a race car acts as the instrument cluster and the dash has a stereo with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A drive mode selector for choosing the right mix between power and stability and also economy is on the offer. Air conditioning and airbags are also standard features.
If you are craving for some extra power, Rezvani offers a twin-turbocharged version of the open-top car called the Beast X. 700 horsepower and a 0-100 time of 2.5 seconds is what the car offers. None of them have those awesome doors though.