Meyers Manx 2.0 Is the Evolution of the Original Dune Buggy

Electric power, 200 miles of range, 0–60 in 4.5 seconds, and it’s stunning.

Meyers Manx introduces the 2.0: a modernized, electrified dune buggy.Meyers Manx

Few vehicles are as iconic and immediately recognizable as the Meyers Manx dune buggy. Bruce F. Meyers’ creation has been the world’s unofficial beach cruiser since the mid-1960s, but when Meyers passed away last year the company decided to give the vehicle an update in honor of his influence. The Meyers Manx 2.0 is finally here, straight from Newport Beach, California. And it looks utterly fantastic.

Revised for the first time ever, the Meyers Manx 2.0 is making a serious splash. It comes with an interior that would make Singer’s designers weep, rear exterior elements reminiscent of the supposedly upcoming Vanderhall Brawley, and a stance that can only be Meyers Manx. The vehicle looks truly spectacular with LED lighting and art deco–inspired wheels wrapped in General Grabber AT tires. There’s no cooler way to cruise the boulevard.

While the design changes are more evolutionary, the powertrain leap is revolutionary. The 2.0 ditches the long-running Volkswagen-sourced engine for electric power, bringing the original dune buggy into modern times. The standard battery is a 20 kWh unit; a 40 kWh pack with 202 hp (and 240 lb.-ft. of torque) is optional. Frankly, electric power makes sense—most of these are used as beach-town runabouts, so the estimated 150 and 300 miles of range for the base and optional battery packs should be more than enough. That electric power makes the buggy properly quick, too: 0–60 takes only 4.5 seconds for the more powerful model. That the whole thing only weighs 1,650 pounds (1,500 pounds in the case of the base version) helps its case. Charging is convenient, too, with a 6 kW onboard charger that can max out at 60 kW.

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