Meyers Manx 2.0: the cult Californian buggy returns in an electric version

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Symbol of the Californian spirit, the Meyers Manx buggy has marked generations and is now prized by collectors. Despite this iconic status, the company went into decline in 1971. Bruce Meyers, its founder, relaunched the adventure in 1999 before presenting an electric model in 2014 which never saw the light of day. A bit too soon no doubt… Now owned by venture capitalist Phillip Sarofim, the brand automotive returns with the Meyers Manx 2.0.

This is a electric buggy designed by Freeman Thomas, to whom we owe the Audi TT and Volkswagen’s New Beetle. We find the style typical of the original model, with its bodywork as if “posed” on the four wheels, the double roll bar and its round headlights. The rear has been more reworked, with a solid bumper where the initial model showed the engine volkswagen.

The rear of the Meyer Manx 2.0 electric buggy has been redesigned to fill the gap in the original model's gasoline engine.  © Meyer Manx

Production from 2024

Propulsion of the Meyers Manx 2.0 is provided by two electric motors housed in the rear wheels. There will be a recovery ofenergy braking and a power steering. The electric buggy will be offered in two versions: with a 20 kWh battery offering 240 km of autonomy or a 40 kWh which will double the distance (480 km). The most enduring version will develop 202 horsepower with a 0 to 100 km/h announced in 4.5 seconds.

At this time, no pricing has been announced. Meyers Manx plans to produce fifty examples next year which will be sold to customers participating in a program beta for which they will provide user feedback. Series production will begin in 2024 with an American manufacturer who will take care of the assembly. The public launch of the Meyers Manx 2.0 is set for August 19, from which date reservations will open.

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