the iconic Californian buggy is reborn with this new electric model

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Electrification is resurrecting a new automotive myth. The Meyers Manx brand presents the Manx 2.0, an electric reinterpretation of its famous buggy designed by Bruce Meyers in 1964. Despite the death in 2021 of this Californian inventor, the Meyers Manx brand has been taken over by a fund of investment called Trousdale Ventures. Therefore, the Manx 2.0 marks the beginning of a new page in its history.

At 3,137 meters long, 1,786 meters wide and 1,354 meters high, the new Meyers Manx 2.0 has a wheelbase of 2.08 meters. Its weight varies between 680 and 748 kilos depending on the battery chosen. The buggy’s design is rather respectful of the original model, with that iconic-looking fiberglass body, those round hood-mounted headlights and that arched cabin.

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More than 200 horsepower for the electric buggy

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Based on an aluminum monocoque chassis, the Meyers Manx 2.0, however, does not reveal its engine at the rear, as was the case with older models. The engine, made up of two electric blocks, is completely hidden. Only transmitted to the rear wheels, the maximum power is 202 horses for 325 Nm of torque. 0 to 96 km/h is done in 4.5 seconds.

Autonomy between 241 and 483 kilometers

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As for its body, the Meyers Manx 2.0 buggy can choose to carry a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery for a range of around 241 kilometers, or 40 kWh for a range of almost 483 kilometers. Charging is via a built-in 6kW charger, also possible via an optional 60kW DC charger. The Meyers Manx 2.0 also benefits from a regenerative braking system.

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A cabin reduced to what is strictly necessary

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Like the exterior design, the cabin looks true to the classic Meyers Manx. The board is minimalist, there is simply a round table whose outline is illuminated in blue. There is a small three-spoke sports steering wheel. And even though it doesn’t have doors, the Meyers Manx 2.0 comes with a wristband and RFID card that allow you to lock the start. Finally the roof can be removed to be able to drive in the wind of the beach while enjoying the silence of the electric motor.

First deliveries planned for 2023

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Production of the Meyers Manx 2.0 will begin in 2023. The first 50 customers should receive their buggy this year, while deliveries to other buyers are planned for 2024. Before mass production begins, the Manx 2.0 Electric is presented to the public on the sidelines of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, August 19, 2022. The price of this new version of the famous buggy is not specified at the time of writing these lines.

To sum up

The Meyers Manx buggy has been reborn! Acquired by an investment fund, the Californian brand launches the Manx 2.0, an electric buggy that receives the design of its iconic ancestor from the 60s. The launch of this machine is planned for 2023.

Quentin Gueroult

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