• Jul 21, 2006
Do we have your attention? The Barabus "1005 bhp" supercar we've been updating you on has finally been unveiled and the details on this machine are astounding. It's a true Italian-built exotic, though its twin-turbo 6.0-liter V8 that produces 1005 bhp is sourced from the U.K. According to Barabus, that motor will propel the all carbon-fiber car (body and chassis) to 60 mph in a mere 1.67 seconds, and on to a top speed of 270 mph. For those who didn't think this supercar was meant to be a Bugatti Veyron slayer, the new Barabus website that just went live today states, "The TKR is designed to compete with the world's fastest, quickest, best handling, most luxurious grand touring cars in the world" (our emphasis). Barabus will be producing 300-400 TKRs over a three-year production period, and fetching one will cost you £360,000. A sharp bargain compared to the Veyron's £600,000 (USD$1.1 million) asking price.

(Detail and interior shots after the jump)

[Source: Barabus Sportscars Limited)


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      • 7 Years Ago
      My neighbor has a 2004 Dodge Viper Venom with well over 1000 hp- modified with 2 Nos bottles and the obvious Venom Kit. I've on countless joy rides in this beast and not once on the street have we ever been able to reach 0-60 in under 3s.

      Having said that watching this car on a drag strip and having been in the car as well with drag slicks the best 0-60 time we were able to achieve was just under 2.2. after putting the car on a dyno and having written proof that it produces 1436 hp and 1267 ft/lbs. torque- after sitting down and doing the math and reading company claims this Viper should be abe to reach 0-60 in under 2s but realisticaly as i've stated before the best we've gotten was 2.2s. I just can't see Barabus being able to make a legitimate claim that it can perform better than a car with numerous similarities in power and performance with the edition of Nos, an upgraded ECU, and Drag Slicks to be able to achieve such a 0-60 speed without sitting and spinning at the takeoff

      The Bugatti Veyron is limited to 254 because of safety issues with the tires and the fuel economy. not to mention it is owned and controlled By Volkswagen. Volkswagen produced the Veyron specificaly to top the industry in all of the categories that the TKR claims to demolish. How could you compare Volkswagen- a company with millions and millions of dollars that spent huge money on developing a car that has the most advanced technology and the most advanced engineers and development team there to produce a car with specific results and Some guy in his back yard with a CADD program and maybe some experience as a mechanic. Claims to produce a car that will take all of the experience and education of Volkswagens 'People' and put it to shame. Getting the money to even have the tires produced and engineered to handle 270mph without completely burning off all of the rubber. would be nearly impossible for some schmuck to come up with, even in the short ten years it took to produce after having to pay and fund the production of this type of car especialy with its insane and UNPROVEN power and performance statistics.

      I'm announcing today that im going to prodece a supercar that goes 0-270mph in less than .25s and has a top speed of 800mph- keep an eye out... seriousy... what... you don't beieve me... why?
      greg
      • 8 Years Ago
      there is a local street driven GT47R autronic supra that would keep up but not gonna handle as good etc...do to because setup for the straight line
      • 8 Years Ago
      The honest truth is, the performance predicted is not possible using road tyres.
      You require slick tyres and therefore its not road legal and you can't compare it to Bugatti Veyron.

      I doubt you will ever hit 300mph road car using conventional engine types. You have to consider noise!
      edk
      • 8 Years Ago
      Instead of working on low 0-60 times, how about working on something useful, like a car that gets a real 60 miles per gallon and can fit a family of four comfortably and safely and can go 0-60 in less than 8 seconds. With all the fuel and environmental problems of the world it would be nice if these uber-engineers would come up with something the world could really use right now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      1005bhp. Wow big deal. Most car manufacturers these days could create a car that powerful. The thing that matters is actual use in the every day world 1.67 seconds seems a bit dodgey to me considering there is no official weight figure. 270 mph. That may be very fast but its not all that much better than the Veyron. Bugatti LIMITED it to 253mph. It wasn't because that was the very limit of their technology.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I doubt every car manufacturer can produce a car over or let alone close to 1000bhp because if design complications for example Bugatti had to develop their own tyres (michelin PAX run flats) to withstand 1001 (Hp) (987 bhp). Also I think Bugatti could if they wanted to make it faster but that would be hard and what would the point be because the tyres will start shredding at 258, 260 mph so it's not technology that held them back it's the fact it's complicated to make it go any faster.
        Besides this car is highly fake it looks like a remodelled Saleen S7 and Zonda...
      • 8 Years Ago
      "There is no problem with raising questions or doubting the numbers, but simply not believing it is just as bad as believing it."

      It's not really simply not believing, it's something universities like to refer to as 'critical thinking'. I'll take it you're the average car guy, you get a few magazines each month, you've been reading about cars for a decade or decades, you understand the qualms of putting down just 500 ft lbs of torque in say a viper, and the amount of R&D which goes into any number of supercars to insure they can meet their advertised pace after the F40 debacle years ago.

      Now, do I simply disbelieve everything I read? No. When the Telsa was unveiled and every journalist who had an opportunity to drive it, and many common people, from a variety of walks of life, confirmed it felt as good as promised on the site, yes I believed Telsa's claims.

      Fast forward to today. we have a car company who no one knows anything about, and who is not making an effort to explain their company to the world through what is now the face of any corporation, their site. Furthermore, they are making ludicrous claims with nothing to substantiate them. I'm sorry, but as an auto enthusiast who's been loving and reading about cars since i could read, i'm not just going to buy it, and as you can wager from the vast majority of comments in this topic, no one else does either. I did not mean to come off as brazen, but in response to your hope for my future, yes I am just as curt in the flesh when presented with opinions which do not have the ring of having been thought out, especially when I and so many other have provided a great deal of complications to reaching said magic speed, and especially as you have not provided any counter ideas which would account for how this company could possibly substantiate the claims. Instead you have attacted my cynicism, which is fine and good, but to just let every vaild point fall to the wayside without addressing any of them contines to reinforce the weakeness of your position.

      So kindly, profer a few ideas as to how their claims are possible, especially as cars like the veyron and twin engined ultima can't even reach those claims (the later being lighter, this I'm sure as we're talking a pair of bike engines vs an iron v8) and I'll be happy to take you seriously.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well where do i start, the car is ugly! thats a good enough start, but the looks aint the big problem here, this car looks as though it has been rushed, and nobody wants to be driving a car at over 200 mph that hasn't been thought through properly. Barabus have been rushing to get this off the production line since bugatti made there monster veyron. I can guarentee when this goes into production there is going to be a major design fault and most will be sent back to the dealer so they can start again, i don't beleive this will work at all, yes the engine maybe capable of going 270mp and do 0-62 in 1.67 seconds but is the chassis capable of that, and most importantly will the tires be able to cope with today's roads and the centrefugal force that will be acting on the tires at such a high speed. Things will go wrong and people are going to get seriously injured or worse dead because of something going wrong at over 200mph. I beleive this car is going to be a disaster.
      • 7 Years Ago
      hey give the car a break.
      sure the bak looks crp but the front & sides look awesome.
      and i would bet to neone that those figures r real.
      andy frost in the uk modded a '79 vauxhall victor into a, get this, 2200 bhp ultra-super-mega car called red victor 1.
      it does 0-100 in 1 sec so why cant this baby do it in 1.67
      plus you can't beat the value- this is a car that is reported to be and probably is post veyron performance for less than half the price- beats me why neone would buy a veyron now. they look awful and theres a car betta than them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not gonna happen...

      As some of you have said - not too difficult to make that HP, but putting it down and putting it down reliably is where the difficulty lies!


      • 7 Years Ago
      someone please google the S7 and tell me they didnt just bend the running line, add a mesh kit and knock out its teeth in the front flanking vents. everything else is the same...
      side gill vents, same shape,orientation, and location of front grill, mid hood vent, roof vent headlights.... do i need to keep going? its identical. good thing they screwed up the back so i can still tell at a glance if its the real deal or not. someone said it before.. unoriginal. if you are going to go to the trouble of designing a "supercar" whats exotic about making it indistinguishable from someone else's supercar??
        • 7 Years Ago
        lol thats the s7 allright.
      pimpandymora
      • 8 Years Ago
      its fugly and look much like the saleen S7
      • 8 Years Ago
      I imagine all of their numbers are based on simple math = X RPM with X gear = 270 mph top speed! Just like the SCC or SSC or whatever the American big-horsepower supercar from a few months back was.

      The point is that there's nothing particularly clever about making 1000hp. What's clever is making 1000hp and still being able to drive the car in the real world, where there's traffic and rain and stop lights. Ferrari, Lamborghini or any other big name marque could make a 1000 hp engine if they were just looking to boast the number.

      That said, I agree, it'd be fun if it made it to Top Gear. However, I imagine once there it would break quite often, won't perform nearly as well as predicted and the manufacturer will soon disappear.

      Lets see it go 'round the Ring once, then we can talk...
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