Seeking to combine a little bit of seaside cruising tradition from a bygone period with some new-age drivetrain know-how, Volkswagen debuted its super-cute electrified dune buggy at Geneva earlier within the yr. The automaker is once more displaying off the fashionable retro cruiser as a part of Monterey Automobile Week, marking the event by setting it free on the sand alongside the inspiration for the design, a Meyers Manx dune buggy in a authentic 60s-era styling.
With their rear engine configuration and hardy suspension, the Volkswagen Beetle of the 1960s proved a preferred alternative for mod-shops seeking to spend extra time within the sand. Amongst these carving dune buggies out the enduring vehicles was boatbuilder and engineer Bruce Meyers, whose Meyers Manx fiberglass-reinforced dune buggy is taken into account the unique of its class.
VW is seeking to recapture the ingenious spirit proven by Manx with the all-electric modular ID. Buggy. Staying true to the dune buggies of previous, it options no roof and no doorways, however the composite higher physique may be pulled off the chassis to permit customized car makers to go to city.
The electrical motor is constructed onto the rear axle and works with a single-speed gearbox to create 201 hp (150 kW) and most torque of 228 lb-ft (309 Nm). The 62-kWh battery is constructed into the ground and permits for 155 mi (250 km) of vary, whereas the 0-62 mph (100 km/h) dash time is listed as 7.2 seconds and prime pace is proscribed to 99 mph (160 km/h).
Its capabilities may be witnessed within the video beneath, which options an interview with Meyers and a Meyers Manx dune buggy tearing by means of the sand alongside the VW ID. Buggy.