Beast Coupe and "rugged" SUV could be in the works

Rezvani Motors certainly captured our attention with the Beast, a rebodied and reworked version of the Ariel Atom that offers ludicrous levels of performance. While the Beast may be its only product at the moment, the California-based company has no intention of remaining a one-trick pony for long. In fact it has a couple of new projects underway.

Fresh off of making an impressionable appearance in an episode of "Jay Leno’s Garage", Rezvani Motors has revealed its plans to add two new models to its lineup by the time 2016 comes to end. In a conversation with Autoblog, the California-based automaker indicated its intention to launch a coupe version of the Rezvani Beast and a more interesting “ultra rugged” SUV to add on to its existing one-model lineup.

Not much is known about either car, but company founder Ferris Rezvani hinted that a the coupe version of the Beast will receive little in the way of modifications other than reconfiguring its body to accommodate the adjustments needed with having a fixed roof on the track car. Other than that, the Beast coupe will likely receive the same Honda-sourced 2.4-liter, supercharged, four-cylinder engine that’s been tuned to deliver 500 horsepower. Obviously, performance numbers will be different on account of the coupe configuration of the new model. At the very least, it could weigh a little more than the 1,650-pound Beast unless Rezvani can do some design gymnastics to account for the extra weight.

The more interesting of the two models is the SUV. As expected, Rezvani declined to elaborate on the model, opting only to say that it will be based on “another fully certified platform”. Whether that means the off-road Ariel Nomad isn’t clear, but the important thing here, at least at this point, isn’t so much about the details of the new models as it is the promise of them arriving before the year ends.

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Why it matters

Who would’ve thought that a company that was only founded in 2014 is now thinking of building two new models to complement its initial offering to the market. That’s the world Rezvani lives in now and the California-based company isn’t one to waste any chances when opportunities for expansion present themselves.

I’m excited to see what the company has planned for the future coupe version of the Beast and the more mysterious SUV. Rezvani is playing it right by keeping details top secret at this point. That’s the best way for people to continue speculating on what these models are all about. Of the limited details that Rezvani did divulge, it wouldn’t be surprising if Rezvani stayed the course and continue to use Ariel’s platforms for its own models. It just so happened that Ariel now has the Nomad, the off-road counterpart of the Atom that’s built around a similar tube-frame chassis, albeit fitted with a a long-travel suspension, big knobby tires, and other off-road goodies.

The Rezvani SUV will likely have these same features, but as Rezvani pointed out, it’s hard to pre-empt anything that the company is currently developing. What appears clear at this point is that Rezvani’s plan for expansion isn’t just lip service. The company is determined to be more than just a one a one-trick pony. The announcement of these two models is just the first step towards permanently shedding that label.

Hopefully, the hype this announcement has involuntarily created won’t end in disappointment. I’ve got high hopes for the Beast coupe and the SUV versions. Here’s to hoping that all of our expectations will pay off in due time.

Rezvani Beast

2014 Rezvani Beast High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review of the Rezvani Beast here.

Source: Autoblog

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