In days gone by, if a buyer wanted a two-seat sports car, the most common top-of-mind thoughts were either Italian, British, or American manufactured vehicles. However, in this day in age, 3D printing, plentiful venture capitalists, and developing nations in the world taking their place have all led to a lot more offerings of two-seaters. That’s where W Motors comes in.
Who is W Motors?
W Motors is an automotive manufacturer that produces high-performance luxury vehicles for people looking for ultra-exclusivity. Their lightweight vehicles are primarily made of carbon fiber composite material and aluminum. The Fenyr, their most recent offering, weighs in at 3,100 lbs and yet still accelerates mind-blisteringly fast. Part of that is because it has 800 horsepower. This is all in a vehicle that offers Bluetooth connectivity, satellite navigation, a rear-view camera, and a premium sound system.
There is a catch, though. The idea of the Fenyr sounds tremendous! But it is geared for people who want something different than what everybody else has. So, only a few copies are made, and the price point is raised to an outrageous level to ensure that very few people worldwide will be able to enjoy it. So, basically, the buyer is choosing to overspend for exclusivity.
Throwing away money
Here is the problem with that choice. The buyer of the Fenyr is willfully throwing away more that one million dollars for a vehicle that only performs a tenth of a second faster than the Chevrolet Corvette. That is right. The Fenyr buyer is throwing away over one million dollars.
I will admit, when I saw the Lykan Hypersport, I was impressed. Then, to hear that W Motors added the Fenyr to their line-up, well, I was start struck at that point. But then the practical side of my mind starts tapping on my forehead and asking, why would you spend the money for a vehicle like the Fenyr? Just because you have a lot of non-existent play money, does not mean that you should go blow it when there is a competitor that provides similar performance at a price point that is entirely reasonable. What do I mean?
Well, the Fenyr Supersport costs around $1.5 million depending on how it’s outfitted. But, according to the specification on the website, and listed below, the performance is on par with the new C8 Corvette. In other words, a buyer would overspend over one million dollars on a Fenyr, when they could have bought a Corvette and pocketed the difference. That tenth of a second quicker to sixty miles per hour is not worth the difference in price, even with the exclusivity that Fenyr is promising.
Chevrolet Corvette C8
- 6.2-liter V8
- 495 Horsepower
- 470 lb.-ft Torque
- Acceleration 0-60 = 2.9 seconds
- Top Speed = 194 mph
- Starting Price = $58,900
W Motors Fenyr Supersport
- Twin-Turbocharged 3.8-liter Flat 6
- 800 Horsepower
- 723 lb.-ft torque
- Acceleration 0-62 = 2.8 seconds
- Top Speed = 248 mph
- Starting Price = $1,500,000
There are two other significant differences between the W Motorsport Fenyr and the Chevrolet Corvette. The first is the top speeds. The Fenyr will get the wealthy buyer an additional 54 miles per hour on the top end. But, there are not that many places where a buyer can try those top speed runs at. The second difference is horsepower. The Fenyr has more. However, Fenyr’s zero-to-sixty times are almost identical to the Corvette. So, the extra horsepower is pointless because the Corvette cranks nearly the same performance with less horsepower.
Here’s the kicker, though. This is something you do not see when examining the statistics of each car. The Fenyr will more than likely appreciate in value. The history of the automotive market for exclusive vehicles shows that at the price point the Fenyr is at, combined with the low number of copies available, will yield a noticeable uptick in value in a short time period. The same can not be said for the Corvette, at least not until a few decades have passed.
So, if someone is looking to get great performance, exclusivity, and their money back when it is all said and done, then the W Motors Fenyr is the winner. If, however, somebody is looking for similar performance, a large dealer network to support them, and they also understand a reasonable hit in the wallet will happen when they sell the vehicle, then the Chevrolet Corvette C8 is the best candidate. The Corvette will also initially save the purchaser over one million dollars at the start.