Rezvani Beast 500 revealed

Rezvani, a new US-based car maker, has revealed the first pictures of the 500bhp Ariel Atom-based speedster, the Beast 500. Details here

The Rezvani Beast 500 is a new sports car, based around the Ariel Atom chassis, with a wild-looking body, not dissimilar in concept to an old evo favourite – the Lamborghini Aventador J.

The new company, founded by US designer Fardees Rezvani, has no direct links with Ariel, but uses the British sports car as a basis for the Beast. Thanks to a 500bhp version of the Atom’s supercharged engine, the Beast will hit 0-60mph in 2.7secs. This is matched up with a six-speed manual gearbox and limited slip differential.

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There will also be the option of a lower powered Beast 300, using the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, which will still hit 0-62mph in 2.9secs. Both engines are prepared in the USA by Atom specialists DDM.

Weighing in a 704kg, the new car's body is built from carbon fibre, and Rezvani says it can also be fitted with a removable windscreen. The body will be built in the USA, with carbon fibre specialists N2A Motors chosen to do the manufacturing.

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It's completely road legal, and prices start in the US from $139,000 (around £82,410), with two special launch edition cars being sold at $124,900 (£74,049).

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