Rezvani Beast is a C8 Corvette with 1,000 hp, bulletproof body

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EVER heard of Rezvani? It’s not a luxury fashion brand but a high-performance vehicle manufacturer based in California that was founded back in 2013.

The company’s first model, called the Beast, was an Ariel Atom-based sports car that boasted 700 hp. Fast forward to present day, they have introduced a new car that uses the same name but this one is a whole different…well, beast.

Unlike the original Beast, the second-generation model is based on the C8 Chevrolet Corvette but thanks to its distinctive razor-thin headlamps, dihedral doors and stacked exhaust tips, it doesn’t look anything like the ‘Vette.

Rezvani says that the Beast has “a lightweight body made with special carbon fibre using high-temperature resins that are used in the latest generation of US fighter jets”. The combo contributes to a weight reduction of nearly 300 kg, bringing the total weight to about 1,352 kg.

Inside, everything looks pretty standard save for the sloping row of buttons that has been removed, and the upper part of the steering wheel which has been sawed off to resemble an aircraft’s yoke.

The original 6.2-liter V8 engine remains, but Rezvani has thrown in a pair of turbochargers to boost power output to 1,000 hp (1,014 PS) and 1,190 Nm of torque.

Paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), the Beast can accelerate from 0 to 96 km/h in just 2.5 seconds and achieve quarter-mile sprints in 9.6 seconds.

The figures might turn heads but what’s even more exciting is that customers can opt for a ‘007’ package that includes a slew of gadgets such as a smoke screen, run-flat tyres, thermal night vision system, electromagnetic pulse protection, explosive device detection, electric door handles, an intercom system, gas masks, an emergency aid kit, hypothermia kit, pepper spray, and strobe lights.

Additionally, Rezvani also bulletproof glass and armoured body panels for those who seek extra protection.

Only 20 units of the Rezvani Beast will be produced, with prices starting at $485,000 (RM2.3 million) or $585,000 (RM2.8 million) with the 007 and ballistic protection packages included.

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