Dutch Automaker Unveils Electric Dune Buggy With 124-Mile Range And Rugged Design

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Say hello to the Savage Rivale Coastrunner EV.

If you're part of Europe's jet set, there's a good chance you've got a supercar or two at your disposal. But if you don't feel like taking the Ferrari Roma onto the crowded streets of Monaco, a Dutch automaker has created the solution to your problem. It's called the Coastrunner EV, and it's the brainchild of Savage Rivale, the same company that created the Roadyacht GTS supercar.

So, what is it? Well, it's a battery-powered "beach car" with seating for four and is the perfect modern alternative to the legendary Meyers Manx dune buggy, which has also switched over to electric power. The Coastrunner is fitted with a 20 kWh battery, which musters up just 67 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque, courtesy of the rear-mounted electric motor.

That may not sound like much, but it's more than sufficient for a coastal slicker. Besides, it's markedly light. Thanks to the use of lightweight composite body panels and an aluminum space frame, the Coastrunner tips the scales at approximately 1,764 lbs. The top speed is limited to 75 mph, which is adequate for a vehicle of this nature.

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In terms of design, the Coastrunner EV is notably more modern than the Meyers Manx 2.0 and the Moke Californian, both of which marry modern engineering with classic styling. While it won't garner any awards in the beauty contest, there's no denying it's a cheeky, funky little thing that will fit in nicely in trendy beach spots.

Unsurprisingly, that small battery doesn't provide much range, but 124 miles (likely calculated on the WLTP cycle) should be more than sufficient for most needs. Fully charging the batteries takes just 30 minutes, which is convenient. Speaking of, the Coastrunner EV has been designed to be as practical and convenient as possible, whether you're a wealthy yacht owner or a surfer.

The roof features brackets for transporting surfboards, wakeboards, or even skis, while push bars give the little electric car some ruggedness - or protection from pesky parking pillars, at least. With adventure in mind, the interior has been designed to be fully washable, and can even take prolonged cleaning from a pressure washer.

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Under the frunk, you'll find the (optional) fridge/ice cooler. That doesn't mean there's no space for luggage. In fact, the trunk boasts a usable 8.8 cu. ft. of packing space; more than enough for a day at the beach. Weather permitting, occupants can elect to retract the rollable canvas roof and bask in the summer sun. With 8.46 inches of ground clearance, it's no Ford Bronco, but the Coastrunner EV should be able to traverse some sand with ease.

Despite a lack of doors, the beach car has been built with safety in mind. There's a steel roll cage to protect passengers in case things go upside down, and LED lighting front and rear. The interior itself is minimalist and fuss-free, with Esthec composite floor decking and a fairly simple dashboard. Of course, there's a touchscreen infotainment system. The steering wheel appears to have been lifted straight from a seventh-generation Golf GTI, which is no bad thing.

Savage Rivale makes no mention of price, but interested customers can express interest via the company's website, and even place a pre-order.

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The Dutch company notes that pre-production is underway and the first customer vehicles are currently nearing completion. No details are given regarding the production run, but we're guessing the Coastrunner EV will be built in limited numbers - just 14 units are left for the 2023 model year.

As per the automaker, the first 20 units were available with client-specific touches. Savage Rivale recently previewed several customer specifications (seen below). Aside from an assortment of colors, ranging from Venom Green to Stealth Grey, it appears the Coastrunner can also be ordered with body graphics, customizable wheels, and various interior finishes.

There's no word yet as to whether this delightful creation will come to the States and, if so, how much it will cost. Regardless of what you may think, there's no denying this will be a hit with wealthy coastal dwellers who, sometimes, desire a small and funky way of getting from the megayacht to town.

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