The iconic dune buggy is back in the electric Meyers Manx 2.0
Inspired by the original Manx, the Meyers Manx 2.0 electric dune buggy was unveiled by Meyers Manx, LLC this past weekend in Malibu. Designed by Freeman Thomas, the same designer who worked on the Audi TT and the new VW Beetle, the electric Manx 2.0 will arrive fully assembled by the manufacturer with a sleek retro-futuristic design.
The Meyers Manx 2.0 is the first car developed by the company’s current management, which took over the business just before the passing of Bruce Meyers, the creator of the original Manx buggy from 1964. Its tough yet sensual appearance closely resembles that of the original, but this new variant is more elegant than the previous due to the enclosed rear that helps to cool its electric motors.
Maintaining the monocoque chassis of the 1964 original, the new electric dune buggy stays light in weight with the heaviest model weighed at 1,650 pounds. It comes with independent rear suspension, which makes it powerful on difficult terrain, and regenerative braking which should carry the majority of the braking load. Also included is electric assist steering.
Customers will have a choice between the standard 20 kWh battery that allows for 150 miles of range, or an optional 40 kwH battery with 300 miles, 202 horsepower, 240 lb-ft of twist, and an estimated 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. The rear will house the lithium-ion pouch cells that sit adjacent to the two motors, an inverter, and the gear train. Rooting the new model in heritage was the original Meyers Manx circa 1964, which was displayed nearby.
The Meyers Manx 2.0 is expected to enter production in 2023 thanks to a collaboration between Meyers Manx and a U.S.-based manufacturing company. As stated by the automaker, “the Meyers Manx Beta program will deliver the first 50 cars to select customers in 2023. Pre-orders and applications to participate as an exclusive Beta partner will launch through our website.”