Meyers Manx, the small California-based carmaker famous for creating the original dune buggy, unveiled its first new car in six decades on Monday night. Called the Manx 2.0 Electric, it's a reimagining of the original buggy, injected with a future-proof drivetrain and a modernized design.
Unlike the original Manx, which rode on a VW Beetle chassis, this new car will use its own aluminum monocoque with independent suspension all around. There are disc brakes on all four corners and electrically assisted steering.
There will be two battery sizes available, a 20-kWh and a 40-kWh pack, each delivering power to the rear wheels via two electric motors (one for each wheel). Specs have yet to be released for the smaller pack, but the bigger pack is estimated to make 202 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque while delivering 300 miles of range. It's expected to sprint to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
“The Meyers Manx has always been a symbol of joy, simplicity and purity," chairman Phillip Sarofim said in a statement. It’s the solution to the complexity of life. Continuing the legacy of the Meyers Manx connects us with the optimism of the 1960s California culture, an optimism we all can share.”
Sarofim bought the rights to the Meyers Manx brand from its founders, Bruce and Winnie Meyers, back in 2020, a year before Bruce died.
Meyers Manx is partnering with an unnamed "U.S.-based manufacturing entity" to build the Manx 2.0, with plans to deliver the first 50 cars to customers in 2023, using early adopters as beta testers to provide feedback. Deliveries for finished production cars will begin in 2024.
Pricing for the Manx 2.0 has yet to be released. The car will make its public debut at The Quail on August 19 during Monterey Car Week.
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