Ascari KZ1 

  • $360k built in United Kingdom
  • 2003
  • 500 HP 4.9L
  • 200 mph
There's no stickiness to the throttle and the clutch engages smoothly and progressively, while the gearshift has a satisfyingly positive, mechanical action.
by EVO (Apr, 2005)
This is the basic set-up that KZ1s will come with, though the suspension is adjustable and Ascari can tune the car to your taste.
by EVO (Apr, 2005)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Ascari KZ1


Ascari KZ1
3.9 s
Nissan GT-R
2.7 s

Top speed

Ascari KZ1
200 mph
Noble M600
225 mph
Apollo Sport
224 mph


Ascari KZ1
8.7 s
5.9 s

Top Gear track time

Ascari KZ1

1/4 mile

Ascari KZ1
11.8 s
Nissan GT-R
10.8 s

Braking distance at 60mph

Ascari KZ1
115 ft
100 ft

Data points Key details of the Ascari KZ1


Ascari KZ1
Ascari A10

Number built

Ascari KZ1
50 cars

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the car

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


It's deceptively fast, and I'm sure the claimed 0-60mph time and circa 200mph maximum aren't far off, though somehow I'd expected the performance to feel more generous and readily exploitable, given the combination of a torquey, potent V8 and low kerb weight.
by EVO (Apr, 2005)
You've also got to keep the throttle pinned to the floor and venture beyond the V8's gloriously thundering mid-range, between 3000 and 5500rpm, if you want the full-on supercar experience.
by EVO (Apr, 2005)
The chassis feels even better, smoothing out the road surface and taking deep compressions in its stride, while the acceleration nudges the crazy zone.
by EVO (Apr, 2005)


That said, there's no left footrest in this left-hand-drive car due to wheelarch intrusion and, once I've pulled the seat forward to suit my 5ft 8in frame, my knees are close to the underside of the dash.
by EVO (Apr, 2005)
The signed-off cockpit is a refinement of that of Prototype 7, and is superbly well finished, with tidily executed leather coating all surfaces that aren't finished in Alcantara.
by EVO (Apr, 2005)
The engine finds its true voice here too, filling the cockpit with a marvellously evocative, tight-lipped howl that again brings to mind racing V8s with high specific outputs.
by EVO (Apr, 2005)


The suspension is firmly set-up and rides low speed bumps with some resilience but the car feels solidly constructed.
by EVO (Apr, 2005)
I'd like a slightly softer set-up to feel more involved in the cornering process, and a tad more front-end grip.
by EVO (Apr, 2005)
Customer cars will have a fatter-rimmed steering wheel and benefit from a minor change to the gearshift's cross-gate springing.
by EVO (Apr, 2005)


Since work started on the KZ1, Lamborghini has introduced the 500bhp V10 Gallardo and Ferrari its F430 with its astonishing 493bhp, 8500rpm V8.
by EVO (Apr, 2005)
Finding decent roads means negotiating Banbury town centre, and I'm glad to report that since we last drove the KZ1 the weighting and action of both the throttle and the twin-plate clutch have been polished.
by EVO (Apr, 2005)
To recap the specification, the KZ1 has a carbonfibre tub and body, a 500bhp version of the old BMW M5's 5-litre V8, dry-sumped and mid-mounted, a CIMA six-speed manual gearbox, double wishbone suspension and AP Racing brakes with anti-lock.
by EVO (Apr, 2005)


But Ferrari and Lamborghini make standard-setting supercars against which to judge the KZ1 - and the Ascari will cost no less than ΂£235K.
by EVO (Apr, 2005)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Ascari
Price $359,550
Type of car Production car
Year 2003
Number built 50 cars


Platform Ascari Sport Car
Generation Third Generation
Body style 2-seat Berlinetta
Top type Hard fixed


Drivetrain 2WD
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 2.88:1
  2. 2: 1.77:1
  3. 3: 1.27:1
  4. 4: 1:1
  5. 5: 0.83:1
  6. 6: 0.7:1
Axle ratio 3.7:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Double wishbone w/ Coil Springs, Independent
Rear suspension Double wishbone w/ Coil Springs, Independent
Front brakes Cross-drilled Disc
Rear brakes Cross-drilled Disc
Front wheels 235/35 19
Rear wheels 305/30 19

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,976 lb
Width 72.9 in
Height 44.8 in
Length 169.3 in
Front track width 61.8 in
Ground clearance 5.1 in
Wheelbase 103.8 in

road tests

Top speed 200 mph
1/4 mile 11.8 s
0-60mph 3.9 s
0-100mph 8.7 s
Distance 115 ft
Lateral acceleration 0.96 g
Top gear time 1:20.70
Hockenheim short lap time 1:12.30

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.95 lb/hp
Maximum hp 500 HP @ 7,000 RPM
Maximum torque 405 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM
Max RPM 7,500 RPM
Engine placement Mid
Weight distribution 42%/58%
Steering system Rack and pinion


Engine make BMW S62 M5 V8
Displacement 4,941 cc
Cylinders V8
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Bore/stroke 3.7 in / 3.5 in
Block material Aluminum alloy
Cylinder head material Aluminum alloy
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
VVT system Ascari VVT
Valves per cylinder 4 valves
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