|Engine||5.0L BMW S62 V8|
|Length||4,300 mm (169.3 in)|
|Width||1,852 mm (72.9 in)|
|Height||1,138 mm (44.8 in)|
|Curb weight||1,350 kg (2,976 lb)|
The Ascari KZ1 is a sports car made by Ascari. It can reach 201 mph (323 km/h) and is powered by a highly tuned BMW S62, a 4941cc V8 engine originally used in the E39 M5 and Z8. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.7s and to 100 mph (160 km/h) in 8.0s. The car is named from the initials of Ascari's owner Klaas Zwart, a wealthy Dutch businessman.
Only 50 Ascari KZ1 cars will be produced, making it among the most exclusive cars produced today; by comparison, 400 of the well-known Enzo Ferrari have been made. Each car is priced at £235,000 and requires 340 hours of handcrafting. Owners also receive the opportunity to drive the car at the Ascari-managed Race Resort Ascari in Spain.
The KZ1 was featured in November 2005 on the BBC television show Top Gear, where it set the 5th fastest lap time ever recorded on the show at 1 minute 20.7 seconds; currently, the KZ1 holds 26th place, the seventh-fastest time being 1:17.3 set by an Ascari A10.
|Engine||S62 BMW V8 with dry sump lubrication|
|Valvetrain||4 valves per cylinder with variable valve timing|
|Displacement||4941 cc (302.1 in3)|
|Bore||94 mm (3.7 in)|
|Stroke||89 mm (3.5 in)|
|Power||500 bhp (373 kW; 507 PS) @ 7000 rpm|
|Power to displacement||101 hp per litre (75.5 kW/L)|
|Power to weight||420 bhp per long ton (280 W/kg)|
|Torque||550 N·m (406 lb·ft) @ 4500 rpm|
|0-60 mph||3.7 seconds|
|0-100 mph||8.0 seconds|
|1/4 Mile||11.8 seconds at 124 mph (200 km/h)|
2004 Ascari KZ1 in BBC Top Gear Series 7 (2005)