If you’re handy with a wrench, can tune LT5’s on your lunch break and have around $84,500 lying around, you can beat all your friend’s supercars at a fraction of the price with this new 2020 Ultima RS.
Ultima Sports LTD, makers of Can-Am cars for the road since the late ’80s, has another English supercar beater they say is their fastest variant of this particular body style ever. Ultima says that for the price of a new BMW M3, they’ll sell you an Ultima RS sans engine.
Check out a couple of photos of the UK bruiser below.
BREAKING NEWS- Ultima launch RS supercar
This new flagship model is a supercar that’s overwhelmingly capable, delivering the fastest, most sophisticated, stylish and most advanced performance package to date.
— Ultima Sports Ltd (@UltimaCars) June 7, 2019
Compared to the Evolution Coupe on which the Ultima RS is based on, this latest iteration is lighter, more aerodynamic and has more downforce as shown by that larger-than-life spoiler and wind cutting front canards up front.
All you have to do on this body-on-white example is look for all the carbon fiber to see where bodywork and parts improved. Up front, there’s a new chassis-mounted front splitter, front dive planes, vents on top of each wheel, NACA ducts on either side and a large diffuser out back.
This Ultima RS is meant to hug the road
Around all four corners are a set of bespoke 19-inch wheels surrounding gigantic 362mm brake discs paired with a 6-pot brake caliper.
While the Ultima RS is compatible with the LS3, LS7, and LSA GM crate engines, really, they want customers to ask for the latest and greatest LT engines including the LT1, LT4, and LT5 which this improved chassis was meant
It looks like, as a turn-key car from the factory, you can specify any of the above engines all the way up to the new LT5 with 755HP and 715 lb-ft standard.
Ultima says they encourage you to source a tuner to get up to that claimed 1,200 HP and beyond.
The Ultima RS is a straight numbers car
- 0-60 MPH in 2.3 seconds
- Quarter-mile in 9.2 seconds
- 100MPH-0 in 3.3 seconds
- Top Speed in excess of 250 MPH, only limited by gearing
- Weight- 2,050 pounds
Turnkey transmission choices
I got a laugh out of their FAQ on how you want all that engine routed. While, theoretically, you can slip in a PDK of your choice, from the factory, it’s manual only. Ultima says that if you want a PDK you’re not a real driver’s driver. Really!
“No, the Ultima RS is a real driver’s car and therefore is only available with a six-speed manual shift gearbox and a clutch pedal. The PDK system seen on many cars nowadays is not in keeping with the ethos of an Ultima, which was primarily designed to maximize driver engagement and to provide an old school Le Mans-inspired thrill like no other road-going sports car in the world. We aren’t interested in the dulled down mass market driving experience and therefore the Ultima RS will always be a manual shift supercar to cater for those true driving enthusiasts who appreciate and indeed crave this philosophy.”
One does not simply order an Ultima RS and get it overnight. You’re going to have to wait, at the very least, five and a half months!
For the kit you build yourself, it’s 22 weeks. Otherwise, if you want them to build one for you, there’s a two-year wait.
Ultima does not give an exact price but they say you can have their Ultima RS kit for “a mundane new BMW M3.” Tack on a $18,000 LT5 crate engine and that’s how I came up with that click-bait of a price above.
If you’re looking for a car that delivers maximum performance with the least amount of money without looking like a monkey with CAD mocked up the bodywork, the Ultima RS will do the trick.
I, for one, can’t wait to see someone take a tuned 1,200 HP RS out for a top-speed run.
What do you think about this Can-AM Car on ‘roids? Let me know in the comments below.