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The Meyer Manx, the famous buggy based on the Beetle, is making a comeback with an all-electric engine.
The Volkswagen Beetle and its different versions have marked the history of the automobile. The most emblematic models have put Volkswagen on the path to electrification with the ID Buzz Concept, the electric version of the famous Combi. But if the manufacturer has dropped the ID Buggy from its plans, the Meyer Manx takes over.
The iconic Beetle-based buggy designed by Bruce Meyer is now back. Sold to Trousdale Venture a year before the death of the original designer in 2021, the Meyer Manx is now piloted by Freeman Thomas, a designer and engineer who notably participated very closely in the development of the Audi TT and Volkswagen New Beetle projects.
The Meyer Manx is dead, long live the Meyer Manx
There is obviously no longer any question of an air-cooled engine here. The Meyer Manx 2.0, that’s its name, has an all-electric motor. At the rear is the mechanics for a total power of 205 hp and 325 Nm of torque. Two batteries are offered, with a unit of 20 kWh and another of 40 kWh, for 241 km and 483 km of autonomy respectively. With a design as close as possible to the original buggy, the Meyer Manx 2.0 admits 680 kg or 748 kg depending on the size of the battery chosen. Quite impressive values for an electric vehicle.
Other spec details may be shared at Monterey Car Week. A first batch of 50 copies will be launched in 2023, for customers who will have plenty of time to submit their opinion in order to refine the machine. Then will come the series production from 2024. The prices will be communicated later.
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